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Analyzing Football Player Colin Kaepernick's Right To Kneel

Sep 9, 2016

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem.
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Late last month, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand and sit during the National Anthem before one his games in protest to racial inequality and injustice in America. Kaepernick has continued his protest, by knelling during the anthem, and says he plans to keep it up until racial inequality is addressed is a meaningful way. 

His actions have prompted a backlash from fans and former players who’ve called him unpatriotic, among other things. He’s also received a flood of support from musicians, fans, current and former athletes and most notably President Obama.  Pulitzer Prize winning author E.R Shipp joins Tom to discuss Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest and the effectiveness of using a platform like the NFL to highlight social justice issues. 

E.R Shipp is an Associate Professor and Journalist in Residence at Morgan State University. She wrote about Colin Kaepernick for the Baltimore Sun in an Op-Ed published this week.