ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick triggered a reaction from many Western New Yorkers before and during the game Sunday at New Era Field in Orchard Park.
Kaepernick has been kneeling during the national anthem at football games to protest racial oppression and inequality in the U.S.
He once again knelt at New Era Field during the national anthem in silent protest Sunday. Many in the crowd booed and chanted "USA" in response, finding his protest unpatriotic.
Before the game, Arlinda Fleck said she would stand and proudly sing the national anthem.
"I think everybody needs to come together and not make it about this," she said.
However, outside the stadium, local racial justice groups Just Resisting and Showing Up for Racial Justice showed their solidarity with Kaepernick's protest.
"We really just want to talk about what it means to be a community and what it means to have racial justice in the community," said protest organizer Shaketa Redden.
A banner was also flown over the stadium in support of the quarterback that read "Kap inspires courage."
This action was organized by the California-based Courage Campaign.