Patriotism is a key tool for the owning class. To them, the quarterback's refusal to stand for the national anthem—a nationalistic ritual—threatened to undermine the whole capitalist system.
Who needs a reality show about violence, domination and sexism now that we have a reality that replicates football’s authoritarianism?
After announcing earlier in September that he would give money to organizations committed to improving communities, the 49ers quarterback detailed his plans to ensure transparency in his donations.
Terence Crutcher, an African-American man, was killed by a white police officer in Tulsa on Friday. A video of the incident has caused many to argue that he was killed “in cold blood.”
Many articles posted on Truthdig point out the myriad pressing issues needing the public's attention at any given moment, and we frequently hear feedback to the tune of "Right, so now what?"
On opening day of the NFL season, Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters (pictured) raised a black-gloved fist and four Miami Dolphins knelt on the sideline with their hands on their hearts during the national anthem.
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.