What Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Reveals About America

GettyImages-495427676.0

In a recent GQ interview, NFL quarterback Cam Newton claimed that the United States is “beyond” racism as a country. His response stemmed from a larger question about the racist criticism he faced during the 2015-2016 regular season.

“I don’t think of it like that,” Newton said. “I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”

Newton’s assertions earned him a healthy crop of new fans. In comparison, Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand for the national anthem during the NFL preseason, due to what he considered wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities. Read More