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Colin Kaepernick: Sports, Race, Religion, and Patriotism

In this premiere of our Barbershop podcast, this episode focuses on sports and interconnectivity of militarism, patriotism, and religion. Colin Kaepernick has ignited many conversations around our nation’s love of sports and our belief that our favorite pastimes are sacred spaces where we forget that our nation’s history is rooted in violence against indigenous people, black people, all women, prisoners, and the physically challenged.

In this premiere of The Barbershop podcast, we focus on the intersectionality of sports,  militarism, patriotism, and religion. 

This week, a player with the U.S. National Soccer Team responded publicly to Megan Rapinoe’s decision to join other athletes in silent protest during the national anthem. The player said, “we're both on the same page. We both respect one another. I'm not trying to diss her cause in any fashion. I think it's great. I think she's bringing conversation to the table about some tough situations that are going on in the world. What is a distraction is the actual action of it.”

Colin Kaepernick has ignited many conversations around our nation’s love of sports and our belief that our favorite pastimes are sacred spaces where we forget that our nation’s history is rooted in violence against indigenous people, black people, all women, prisoners, and the physically challenged. While many athletes have found the strength to stand with Kaepernick, many of the prevailing voices will be those who simply want to play the sport, collect their loot and return to the lives of comfort that reminds them that they are anything but______. It is to deny our collective hatred, and to reaffirm our individual disgust with people whom we believe should simply be glad that they can play the sport, join the ranks of the one-percent and continue lives of individual pomp without ever truly concerning themselves with the circumstances of others.

The reality is that we must consider that the athlete who believes that Megan Rapinoe is a distraction must feel that this distraction is necessary, and likely she does where her passions lie.

This premiere podcast is historical, it is passionate, it is funny, but mostly, it responds to our belief that we must actively work to reframe the conversation around what it means to understand ourselves as the other. I hope that you enjoy it.

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