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Kaepernick effect : taking a knee, changing the world.

by Zirin, Dave,

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Riveting and inspiring first-person stories of how "taking a knee" triggered an awakening in sports, from the celebrated sportswriter

"The Kaepernick Effect reveals that Colin Kaepernick's story is bigger than one athlete. With profiles of courage that leap off the page, Zirin uncovers a whole national movement of citizen-athletes fighting for racial justice." --Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

In 2016, amid an epidemic of police shootings of African Americans, the celebrated NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began a series of quiet protests on the field, refusing to stand during the U.S. national anthem. By "taking a knee," Kaepernick bravely joined a long tradition of American athletes making powerful political statements. This time, however, Kaepernick's simple act spread like wildfire throughout American society, becoming the preeminent symbol of resistance to America's persistent racial inequality.

Critically acclaimed sports journalist and author of A People's History of Sports in the United States, Dave Zirin chronicles "the Kaepernick effect" for the first time, through interviews with a broad cross-section of professional athletes across many different sports, college stars and high-powered athletic directors, and high school athletes and coaches. In each case, he uncovers the fascinating explanations and motivations behind a mass political movement in sports, through deeply personal and inspiring accounts of risk-taking, activism, and courage both on and off the field.

A book about the politics of sport, and the impact of sports on politics, The Kaepernick Effect is for anyone seeking to understand an essential dimension of the new movement for racial justice in America.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Zirin, sports editor for the Nation, continues to mine gold from that place where sports and politics meet. Here, he examines the impact former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's act of taking a knee at the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season has had upon sports in America, profiling numerous responses, from high schools to colleges to the pros. There's Seattle's Garfield High School, whose entire football team, followed by its softball team, took a knee before all of their games. And the University of Nebraska linebacker who, alone among his teammates, took a knee before all away games (the anthem wasn't played before home games). And Megan Rapinoe, who early on took a knee in sympathy with Kaepernick before her games. All faced serious backlash; none expressed regret at what they did. Zirin gives ample space for each of the many athletes profiled here to detail the thinking behind their actions. The result is a thoughtful take on what remains a complicated, highly charged issue."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Zirin (Jim Brown), sports editor at The Nation, delivers an enthralling look at the impact of peaceful protest by sports figures at the high school, college, and professional levels. Despite almost leading his team to a Super Bowl title, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 2016 decision to protest the police shootings of unarmed Black men by taking a knee before football games while the national anthem was played rendered him a pariah in the NFL and left him unemployed. It also, Zirin notes, laid the groundwork for a reckoning within the sport. With deeply moving firsthand accounts from players of all ages from across the country, Zirin underscores how Kaepernick's ostracism has paralleled the treatment of others who have followed his lead, such as one Ohio high schooler who kneeled in protest against white teammates using the N-word and received death threats in response. At the collegiate level, Black players have risked athletic scholarships to speak out against racism, and yet, Zirin writes, "because so many economic levers get pulled only if the athletes play, their power... is overwhelming." In pointing this out, he brings into focus the colossal influence athletes actually have in upending a historically oppressive institution. The result offers rousing evidence of the life-changing effects spurred by individual action. (Sept.)"
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Subjects ordreq 09/14/21 xa
Publisher 2021
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781620976753
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