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Fashion Column

Fashion Column

Jasmin Whitsett, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Last month, Nike surprised us all by featuring Colin Kaepernick as the face of their 30th anniversary campaign. Kaepernick sparked national debate in 2016 when he took a stand against oppression by kneeling during the national anthem before a NFL game. He was calling attention to racial injustice and social...

Nike boycotters miss point of peaceful protest

Nike boycotters miss point of peaceful protest

Lana Heltzel, Executive Copy Editor

September 21, 2018

There’s five pairs of shoes in there, I’m going to let them all burn,” Twitter user AlterAtYeshiva says over a tinny recording of the national anthem as he shoves his Nike sneakers into a fire pit. “Because Nike decided to make Colin Kaepernick their ambassador when he doesn’t share the opinions...

Players kneeling is not a sign of disrespect

Players kneeling is not a sign of disrespect

Shania Lao, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017

“I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick on Aug. 26, 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.” Kaepernick...

National Football League players take a knee to highlight racial justice in the US

National Football League players take a knee to highlight racial justice in the US

Courtney Cubberley and Lila Karp

October 6, 2017

All eyes were on Colin Kaepernick as he took a knee during the national anthem at a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick, then the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, chose to take a knee in order to highlight racial injustice and police brutality against African-Americans in the U.S. Now, in the middle of...

Social media gives way for effective protests in the US

Social media gives way for effective protests in the US

DaeQuan Fitzgerald, Sports Editor

September 15, 2017

How different would our newspapers and news networks be if Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the other modern modes of online communication were taken away? The age of social media has given power to individuals by supplying a platform to bring light to what they may see as the issues or injustices in...

Let’s stop justifying racism

Julia Geaney-Moore, Guest Writer

October 22, 2016

Black citizens are 2.7 times more likely to be shot by the police than white citizens, according to the Fatal Encounters database. This is an astounding number. Each case has different circumstances, but the fact remains that police officers, the very people who are charged with protecting citizens,...

Athletes kneel down to protest against injustice

Athletes kneel down to protest against injustice

Daequan Fitzgerald, Staff Writer

September 22, 2016

It is not uncommon for professional athletes to take stands against social issues, specifically racial inequality. Women’s National Basketball Association stars wore Black Lives Matters t-shirts during warm-ups prior to games. LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade opened the 2016...