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Colin Kaepernick

  December 4, 2017:  A discussion of the intersection of pro football, politics, and culture, both in the past and in the present.  

"San Quentin State Prison" by Zboralski. Used under CC BY-SA 3.0. http://bit.ly/2fxIh2g

More than two-thirds of the inmates in California's state prisons are Latino or African American, according to the most recent census. More than 1,000 military veterans are admitted annually.

Photo courtesy of John Sasaki

It’s not only football players protesting during the national anthem. Members of the Oakland Unified School District Honors Band also discussed ways to take part.

Photo courtesy of Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group

This story originally aired in November of 2016.

On September 10, 2016 football players from Mission High School in San Francisco were headed to a game in Redwood City. They were led by San Francisco Chronicle 2015 football player of the year Niamey Harris, a 17-year-old senior quarterback from Bayview.

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Colin Kaepernick ignited a heated conversation over race and patriotism with a simple gesture involving the national anthem.

 

We’re all familiar with the song; it’s played at the beginning of major sporting events in the United States.

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This story has been updated since it originally aired in November of 2016.

For many people, this is a time to reflect on what it means to live in the United States. The election season revealed a divided nation, and many folks are saying they feel like strangers in their own country. Clearly, many already did.