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Tuesday, December 6 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Taking A Knee: Exploring Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

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American sports events are known for the tradition of the national anthem be played before a sporting event as symbolic beginning of sports enjoyment. The tradition has now been shaken, as Colin Kaepernick has created a discussion into what is allowed during this national anthem. As he has produced a conversation of who is allowed to speak on social issues and what do we as a society consider acceptable behavior from athletes during the anthem. This descriptive research explored how National Football League (NFL) players, coaches, owners and fans used Twitter to discuss the kneeling and other forms of protest by Colin Kaepernick and other players during the national anthem. Specifically, a context analysis of many tweets and video responses to the protest among different constituencies (other athletes, coaches, owners, and fans), reveals the mixed reactions of those who either oppose or approve of the form of protest or the involvement with social issues around racial oppression. There was often questions of patriotism and even a discussion around the form of the protest and its platform.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
237 Zageir Hall