‘The Awakening of Colin Kaepernick’ by John Branch (analysis)

‘The awakening of Colin Kaepernick’ is a nonfiction essay written by John Branch. It was published in The New York Times in 2017 September the 7th, and was written because of a football player named Colin Kaepernick. He, unlike most patriotic Americans, did not stand for the national an-them, and such actions can be seen, by the public, as something controversial and ‘traitorous’. Kaepernick began as a school quarterback, slowly leading up to him becoming one of the most con-spicuous and disruptive social activists in sports.

He is a black man and was adopted as a young child, which may have prompted his pursuit of knowledge about his underlying root. Kaepernick is generally known for kneeling down on one knee during the national anthem before National Foot-ball League games, as a dissent against social treachery and the police killing innocent black people. This motion began numerous contentions, a few people even considered him to be a traitor, while others considered him to be a legend.

In the article "The Awakening of Colin Kaepernick", John Branch depicts Kaepernick in a positive manner, however is it alright to do as such, when the quarterback decided not to stand up during the national anthem, and knelt down instead?

John Branch depicts Colin Kaepernick in a favorable way in the article, without it being excessively subjective. The journalist does not express his own assessments straightforwardly, how-ever decides to concentrate on the positive things about Colin Kaepernick; this can be seen in the article where he states: “-what he was looking for, Ogundimu and others discovered, was a deeper connection to his own roots and a broader understanding of the lives of others.”.

At the point when John Branch writes that Kaepernick was searching for a more extensive comprehension of the lives of others, he makes him sound like a good individual who, notwithstanding of being famous, is quite humble. Branch additionally depicts him rather nicely when he discloses why Kaepernick de-cided to kneel down during the National anthem: “He is the quarterback who knelt for the national anthem before National Football League games last year as a protest against social injustice, espe-cially the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.”.

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