Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, National Anthem, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, Free speech, Patriotism, Star-Spangled Banner
Major League Baseball (Organization); National Football League; Star-spangled banner (Song); Patriotism; Freedom of speech; Kaepernick, Colin, 1987-; Black lives matter movement
It has been over a week now since Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the National Anthem prior to an NFL Exhibition game. He was protesting discrimination against African Americans and police brutality in the United States. These issues have been in the forefront of public discussion since the shooting of Michael Brown just over two years ago. At various points and venues since the Brown shooting athletes have protested and offered various forms of support directly and indirectly to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Kaepernick’s action joins a long list of protests, and as has often been the case, Kaepernick has set off a wave of noise that has done little to stimulate the discussion of the subject under protest.
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Crepeau, Richard C., "The National Anthem" (2016). On Sport and Society. 625.