ORIGINALLY RECORDED: july 5, 2018
ORIGINALLY BROADCAST: july 8, 2018
America is in the midst of a ferocious debate about protests on the football field. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to call attention to police brutality against African Americans, inspiring others to do the same. Some think he is justified, others claim he is just a belligerent employee. On this episode, we look at the philosophical issues behind this debate, and have a discussion that focuses on race, sports, patriotism, the history of the United States, and the nature of democracy itself.
Eric Burin is a Professor History at the University of North Dakota who works on American history, with special attention to slavery and race. He is the author of the book Slavery and the Peculiar Solution: A History of the American Colonization Society. and the editor of the free collection Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College which is available to download for free. He is also the editor of an upcoming collection on the football protests, Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent and Patriotism in 21st Century America, which will also be available for free, here.
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