NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality and social injustice is spreading through multiple sports on multiple levels. The latest example to show how far his message has reached comes from West Virginia University Tech.
As the Obamas wave us all goodbye as they prepare to leave the White House, we’re getting even more intimate looks into the past eight years of their lives. Most recently, Barack and Michelle have been revealed to be on the cover of October’s issue of Essence Magazine.
The first couple took the opportunity to speak on their legacy and the impact they’ve made on America, especially its youth.
Four-hundred people were shot in Chicago within the span of 31 days. Ninety of them died. Multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, are calling August the deadliest month the city has experienced in two decades.
Some news reports implicated widespread gang violence within the city for the drastic uptick in crime, while others focused on the influx of firearms from neighboring states with looser gun laws. A new documentary from BBC, titled “Lost Streets Chicago,” hones in on the impact of the seemingly inescapable violence concentrated in minority neighborhoods, with residents describing them as tantamount to “third-world countries.”
Colin Kaepernick has done enough in a couple of weeks to completely transition from your standard NFL quarterback to an activist taking full advantage of his platform. After declaring that he’d no longer stand for the National Anthem until America works to end its injustices to people of color, he’s taking his commitment one step further.
Kaepernick recently announced that the first $1 million of his annual salary this year will be donated to various charities, according to Yahoo.
Authorities in Oregon are considering whether or not a white supremacist running down a black teenager with his car in early August should officially be classified as a hate crime.
According to new findings from Black Youth Project’s GenForward study, 66 percent of white people age 18-30 believe the rhetoric of the Movement for Black Lives encourages violence against police. Only 19 percent of Black respondents said the same.
GenForward is a monthly survey of the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll also showed majorities of all racial groups surveyed think violence against police is an extremely or very serious problem.
Soledad O’Brien has been known to be very candid about systemic oppression and racism in the United States. She did just that on Sunday when talking to CNN commentators about Donald Trump and the ways that mainstream media outlets cover his campaign surrogates.
Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem, a song that’s conveniently been separated from some of its slavery-inspired lyrics, has driven a wedge across the country. Ever since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said he wouldn’t stand to honor a flag that represents something very different to him, everyone from fans, players, NFL executives and military veterans has chosen a side. Some of which were quite surprising and disappointing.
While they’re likely to be utterly pissed and confused about it, the self-designated “White Lives Matter” group has officially been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The organization will be included in the next update of their “Hate Map,” which tracks the locations of hate groups across the country.