The goal of any protest is to create civil unrest and to make society aware of the issues a marginalized group is facing–issues society might not have known of had there not been a public display of discontentment made about them.
When it comes to the “making society aware of issues” effect protests are intended to create, though, I feel the vast majority, due to the unrelenting misrepresentation by the media, failed to see what Colin Kaepernick was trying to bring attention to–systematic racism/white supremacy.
He made it very clear that he was protesting white supremacy in the KTVU interview he did right after he initially began taking a knee.
White supremacist media outlets like Fox News have accused Colin and those who support him of protesting everything under the sun except systematic racism. Their reason for doing so: The white supremacists, the ones with real power (for example Rupert Murdochsince we’re touching on Fox News) understand white supremacy needs propaganda to make the public complicit in keeping this power system based on race firmly in place.
The narrative of Colin Kaepernick protesting white supremacy in America doesn’t play in the favor of the dominant society. Because, if that’s the narrative, more people are going to start learning what institutionalized racism looks like. If more people start knowing what it looks like, how it operates, and how, at the end of the day, it harms our country, more people be willing to challenge it.
Recently, Kaepernick signed a deal with Nike to be their spokesman, which has spurred extreme reactions, and, since then, he has been featured in their new presentation advertising their “Just Do It” campaign.
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