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The athlete-led protest started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 – taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games – has spread in the wake of Trump’s election. Kaepernick began the protest as a way of drawing attention to racism in the U.S. and police violence. After Trump insulted the athletes taking part in the protest in September, the action exploded to include players from a variety of teams and leagues. What can we learn from this movement and where does it stand today?
Join us for a discussion with Jesse Hagopian, who is a member of the ISO and Social Equity Educators, an advisor to the Garfield High School Black Student Union, and the editor of More Than A Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing.
For background on the athletes’ protest, check out:
* Solidarity Sundays in the NFL (https://socialistworker.org/2017/10/06/solidarity-sundays-in-the-nfl)
* Did solidarity trump the NFL owners? (https://socialistworker.org/2017/10/24/did-solidarity-trump-the-nfl-owners)
* Player protests are not a spectator sport (https://socialistworker.org/2017/10/18/player-protests-are-not-a-spectator-sport)