The Gist

On Bended Knee

Being a sports star means your activism has a platform, but it doesn’t bode well for your career.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, then of the San Francisco 49ers, kneel in protest during the national anthem on Sept. 12, 2016.

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Colin Kaepernick took a stand in 2016 by taking a knee during the national anthem at a football game, sparking a debate about racial injustice that continues to roil. But he’s just the latest in a long line of black activist athletes that have used their status to raise awareness and protest. Howard Bryant uncovers the history of these athletes in his book The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

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