Colin Kaepernick's Protest Reveals Racism In Sports

No debate about this.

Whether or not you agree with Colin Kaepernick's decision to protest racial injustice by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem, his action is creating a discussion about racial oppression in the U.S.

But while the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was referring to the racial discrimination "in the street," it seems that sports is also subject to the same institutional racism.

A tweet by Samuel Sinyangwe from August 27 cites a 2014 study about equality in the NFL. Despite comprising two-thirds of the NFL's players, there are no African-American owners in the league.


A 2015 study found that the number of people of color in head coaching positions increased from four to six, which is still below the league's record of eight set in 2011. As ATTN reported, an expansion of the league's policy for interviewing people of color for coaching positions, known as the Rooney Rule, could help diversify the NFL.

Meanwhile, the reaction to Kaepernick's protest might also reveal a racial double standard. Some people on Twitter were quick to explain how Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte seemingly received a free pass for lying about being robbed in Rio de Janeiro, while Kaepernick received ridicule.

Athletes have a long history of using their prominence to shed light on discrimination and, hopefully, this can be one of those situations.

(H/T: Mic)


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