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Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Against Police Brutality Spreads

HeadlineSep 13, 2016

In more sports news, NFL 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his teammate Eric Reid knelt during the national anthem during the first game of the season against the Los Angeles Rams Monday night. Kaepernick has been refusing to stand for the anthem during preseason games, saying: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” More pro football players have joined the growing protest—as many as 18 players, according to New York Daily News journalist Shaun King. On Sunday, four members of the Miami Dolphins took a knee during the anthem. That same day, players with the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs raised their fists in the air as the anthem played, in a protest that recalled the Black Power salutes made by John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. This is Olympian John Carlos, speaking Monday about Colin Kaepernick.

John Carlos: “His initial cause is to bring about attention that these atrocities are still taking place, they’ve been taking place for some time now, and time is running out. We need to come together and start to try and resolve these issues. He’s bringing attention to them. And how did he bring attention to them? The same way we did 48 years ago in terms of giving America shock treatment. That’s the only way they move, man, is when you shock them.”

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