Monday, September 5, 2016

The NFL Is 67% Black But Diversity Hasn't Helped White Players And Coaches Understand Racism

By VOX, Sep 02, 2016 

Colin Kaepernick’s public protest against racial injustice has been intensely debated over the past week on social media, in editorials, and on sports radio. But it’s the response from inside the NFL to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s refusal to stand during the national anthem at last Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers that’s perhaps been most revealing.

Kaepernick’s stance — he explained his protest by saying, in part, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color” — and the tactics he used have been harshly criticized by NFL players, owners, and coaches. This pushback will likely continue, as he repeated his protest Thursday night by taking a knee during the anthem before the 49ers played the San Diego Chargers.

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