The article “The Awakening of Colin Kaepernick” by John Branch is about the football player Colin Kaepernick, who started as a college quarterback, but has later become one of the most prominent and divisive social activists in sports. He is African-American and was adopted at an early age, which possibly has led to his search of knowledge about his roots and the understanding of the lives of others.
He joined a mainly black fraternity in college, took summer courses on black representation in popular culture and hosted free “Know Your Rights” camps for African-American children to raise their awareness on education, self-empowerment and to give them instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement.
Kaepernick is most known for kneeling during the national anthem before National Football League games, as a protest against social injustice and the police killing innocent African-Americans. This gesture started many conflicts – some people saw him as a traitor, while others saw him as a hero.
Black oppression has been existing in America for hundreds of years.
There has been the transatlantic slave trade and the apartheid amongst many other things, and most people would think that it is over now. But black oppression still exists in America, and that’s what the famous quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, chose to take a stand on when he chose to kneel during the national anthem before the National Football League games.
In the article “The Awakening of Colin Kaepernick” the journalist John Branch portrays Kaepernick in a positive way – but is it right to do so, when the quarterback chose not to stand for the national anthem?