Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem before a pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 9 |Wilfredo Lee / AP
Despite threats by U.S. president, players persist in taking a stand in favour of social justice. The protests objectively target the state and its character as a racist state with impunity to kill and to disregard the rule of law, at home and abroad. This is a just and significant stand by all the athletes and the millions of Americans and people around the world who have joined in expressing support for them. Continue reading →
AP | NEW YORK (May 2) —The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.
ANTHEM PROTESTS TARGETED U.S. STATE | ATHLETES REFUSING TO BE SILENT
Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter in Detroit march. The demonstrators expressed their firm support for alumni quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In an interview on Fox & Friends that aired today, Trump praised a newly-adopted NFL policy banning kneeling during the anthem, saying of the athletes that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem. “I think that’s good,” Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” Continue reading →
The measure aims at players’ protests against police brutality and racism and enforces Trump’s demands for loyalty to the US state
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The owners of NFL teams have agreed on a new policy banning players from kneeling down when the national anthem is played, directly aiming at protests opposing police brutality and killings of unarmed African Americans, and impunity for these crimes that were the centre of national debate in 2016 and 2017 after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off the peaceful protest. Continue reading →
(December 8 ) Reuters – NBA Hall of Fame centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic. Continue reading →
Colin Kaepernick would be playing in the NFL if it weren’t for his views | RICK SALUTIN
On the non-metaphorical level, it’s clear Colin Kaepernick, if it weren’t for his protests during the U.S. anthem, would be playing in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns have run through 25 lesser quarterbacks in 18 years. This year they started with three, who’d never won an NFL game. They still haven’t. Continue reading →
The 1960 meeting in Harlem between Fidel Castro and Malcolm X | Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images
By REBECCA ONION*
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has recently decided not to stand during the national anthem, wore a Malcolm X hat and a T-shirt featuring images of the leader meeting with Fidel Castro at a press conference where he explained his protest. The T-shirt has, perhaps predictably, drawn criticism from conservative quarters; the Weekly Standard called Kaepernick’s wardrobe choice a “startling display of ignorance,” pointing to what writer Mark Hemingway called Cuba’s human rights abuses and “legacy of racism.” Setting aside an assessment of Castro’s later record on race, and whether it strengthens or undermines Kaepernick’s stance, what’s the story behind those photos, taken a year after the Cuban leader came to power, and five years before Malcolm’s death? Why did the two men meet, and what did they discuss? Continue reading →