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49ers' Kaepernick Stirs Debate over Sports, Patriotism and Protest

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Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers watches Blaine Gabbert #2 play quarterback during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced Thursday that he will again refuse to stand for the national anthem as a statement against racial oppression. The move sparked nationwide criticism, stirring debate over patriotism and protest in professional sports. In this hour of Forum, we’ll discuss Kaepernick’s controversial act of protest and take a look at the history of protest in sports.

More Information:

My Father Stood For The Anthem, For The Same Reason That Colin Kaepernick Sits (Keith Wood’s article on NPR. org)

Guests:

Marc Leepson, author, "What So Proudly We Hailed," a biography of Francis Scott Key

Ken Shropshire, professor, legal studies and business ethics; director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative

Keith Woods, vice president, diversity in news and operations, NPR

Kevin Blackistone, sports columnist, Washington Post

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