Colin Kaepernick: Quarterback, activist and norm entrepreneur
Huffington Post - 09/30/2016
By not standing, Kaepernick protested racial injustice and acted in solidarity with those who have experienced police brutality and other forms of discrimination. In Kaepernick’s words, he was not going “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” Others soon followed, creating a beautiful cascade of activism. Four team members of the Miami Dolphins knelt during the anthem, and later members of the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans raised their fists in solidarity. The practice of kneeling during the anthem spread to high school football teams, eager to come together in solidarity for racial justice. In effect, Kaepernick found a mechanism to move us closer to racial justice, and to act in solidarity with the victims of injustice.