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Kaepernick’s Knee and Olympic Fists Are Linked by History

In the same week that Nike released a new ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick and some offended fans burned their Nike gear, Jeré Longman’s essay draws a parallel between the raised fists of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during…

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Colin Kaepernick and Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

Brent Staples compares the histories of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key, who owned human beings, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the popularity of the latter in the African American community reflecting “a quiet act of rebellion…

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The Myth of the “Good” Protest

Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore explains the similarity between Colin Kaepernick’s protest and that of Rosa Parks and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, refuting the commonly held belief that the latter two “materialized from an individual’s epiphany” without precedent and…

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Colin Kaepernick and the Power of Black Silent Protest

Ameer Hasan Loggins references earlier silent Black protests, namely the Negro Silent Protest Parade on July 28, 1917, when thousands of Black children, women, and men brought national attention to the three day reign of terror in East Saint Louis when…

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Colin Kaepernick’s response to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Colin Kaepernick struck back at Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who this week called the quarterback’s national anthem protest “dumb” and “disrespectful.” “It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid,…

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