Colin Kaepernick’s Defense of Black Studie

When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's knee struck the ground during the national anthem in 2016,

fans were outraged by his demonstration against racism and police violence. But Kaepernick continued to kneel, 

sportsmen and activists throughout the country began to mimic his gesture in growing numbers.

Floyd's death at the hands of police. But Kaepernick's political life entails more than simply kneeling.

Now, seven years after being kicked out of the NFL, he is leveraging his intellect and cultural capital to raise awareness about government attacks on Black studies and history

Our History Has Always Been Contraband: In Defense of Black Studies is an anthology edited by Kaepernick, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, all of whom are renowned scholars

Putting out such a text in the current context of racist backlash is a bold move. I recently asked him why he chose to take on this particular fight.

White supremacist forces have relentlessly attacked the study of Black life since its inception. In recent years, however,

those actively attempting to limit or eliminate the teaching of Black history from high school and college curricula have grown louder, more organized, and more violent.

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