Louisville Pub Enters the National NFL Protest Conversation

TK's Pub in Louisville Enters the National NFL Protest Conversation

TK’s Pub in Louisville is the latest small business to enter the NFL protest fray after owner Todd King announced yesterday he is removing all NFL paraphernalia from his restaurant. His stance mirrors that of many other white conservatives: that black athletes should not be allowed to protest racial injustice by silently kneeling during the national anthem. “We don’t like […]

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At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

Tomi Lahren spent the better part of the last year attacking black athletes kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice. She’s not only targeted the group en masse, but has singled out players like Colin Kaepernick (who began the movement) using dog whistle (and sometimes outright racist) arguments. Now – using her new Fox News position […]

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The “Right” Way to Protest

The "Right" Way to Protest

While it should already be glaringly obvious, angry white conservatives see no legitimate public venue for persons of color to address systemic racism and its lasting effects on the nation. Whether they’re calling for cars to plow through and murder peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters blocking streets or telling “uppity” black actors on Broadway to entertain them rather than make […]

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Talking About What We Understand: Trump’s Puerto Rico Problem

Donald Trump in Puerto Rico

One of the bloggers I follow is Doug Masson, a thoughtful and impressively erudite observer of the circus that is current American politics. I was especially struck by his recent post on the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and mainland American preoccupations. Puerto Rico is suffering. Like a lot. 3.4 million Americans have been without power for 5 days and the prospect of […]

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Missouri: Bar Installs “Lynch Kaepernick” Doormats After NFL Protests

The owners of S.N.A.F.U Bar in Lake Ozark, Missouri are facing extreme backlash after taping down two jerseys at the entrance to their bar following the NFL national anthem protests. The jerseys – of NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick – are arranged to spell out the phrase “Lynch Kaepernick” with the tape appearing like a chalk body outline typically […]

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Louisiana School Threatens Students Who Kneel During Anthem

parkway high school in LA

This morning, the administration of Parkway High School in Bossier Parish, Louisiana sent a letter to all students (and their parents) threatening to punish any student athlete who engages in silent protest during the national anthem. In the letter, Principal Waylon Bates rationalized the unconstitutional threat referring to state high school athletic regulations saying all athletes must “stand in a respectful […]

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Trump, the Anthem, Free Speech & the Fight Against Racial Inequality

Trump, the Anthem, Free Speech & the Fight Against Racial Inequality

When Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling during the national anthem, no one noticed and for the most part, no one cared. It wasn’t until right-wing pundits began screaming about how offended and disrespected people should feel over his peaceful protest that people began forming opinions based more on ‘hot take’ outrage than actual law, reason or ethics. That white-hot rage reached […]

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Encouraging Signs: The Proliferating Resistance

Rubber, Meet Road: Activism & Resistance to Trump - #NOTMYPRESIDENT

Doctors and psychologists are reporting spikes in depression and other psychosomatic responses among the general citizenry in response to the daily reports of dysfunction, corruption and regression in Washington. Those responses are understandable. But as I keep reminding myself, the news isn’t all bad. We are seeing a genuine resurgence of civic engagement at a level I have never previously […]

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Arizona: Bill Criminalizing Peaceful Protests Killed in House

Arizona GOP Seeks to Criminalize Peaceful Protesting via SB1142 SB 1142

After being approved mostly along party lines in the Arizona Senate, the state House announced yesterday they will not advance SB 1142. Had it passed, the legislation would have not only allowed police to arrest anyone in a peaceful protest that turns violent or destructive, but to also preemptively arrest (as well as seize the personal assets of) those planning protests whether they’re violent or […]

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Arizona GOP Seeks to Criminalize Peaceful Protesting

Arizona GOP Seeks to Criminalize Peaceful Protesting via SB1142 SB 1142

In a move pulled directly from Vladimir Putin’s playbook, the Arizona GOP just passed legislation through the state Senate that would not only allow police to arrest anyone in a peaceful protest that turns violent or destructive, but to actually preemptively arrest (as well as seize the personal assets of) those planning protests whether they’re violent or not . The Arizona Capitol Times reported […]

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