As I mentioned during Wednesday’s presentation, Colin Kaepernick’s protest has taken social media by storm, especially the Twitter-sphere. Social media as a platform has offered Kaepernick’s supporters a space to band together to not only back the athlete, but to discuss race in America and emphasize the changes that need to be made. Unfortunately, social media also offers a space for those who disagree with Kaepernick, and the environment it creates is becoming violently racist (or perhaps it always was).
If you’d like to take a look through popular hashtags created in response to Kaepernick, I suggest checking out #ISitWithColin, #VeteransForKaepernick, #KapSoBlack, and if you’re feeling brave, #BoycottNFL.
If anyone would like to take an in-depth look at the “Kaepernick effect” and how it has grown over the last few weeks, this article has a fairly decent timeline of events. It mostly covers high profile athletes, but does mention some student athlete protests, which are growing at both collegiate and high school levels.