President Trump signed an executive order Friday evening banning people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States. The ban, which extends to permanent legal U.S. residents and those with valid visas, has been partially blocked by federal courts and has prompted emotional nationwide protests. A week before Super Bowl LI well over a thousand protestors rallied outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, where the NFL’s media headquarters and NFL Experience fan fest are located.
Colin Kaepernick first sat during the national anthem in the preseason, and he has continued his protest into the regular season, taking a knee instead of sitting. The quarterback's protest, which a number of other NFL players and athletes have joined, is intended to raise awareness about racial injustice in America.