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Ghana’s goalkeepers, Stephen Adams (L) and Fatawu Dauda (R), pray before a 2014 World Cup match. Robert Ghement/EPA

Football and religion: two competing domains with a lot to offer Africa

By Editors' Choice

By Mohammed Girma, The Conversation — In this age of globalisation few events draw more attention than sport as the World Cup in Russia illustrates with billions of people across the globe glued to their screens. At this time in football crazy Africa, specialists and ordinary fans are watching, discussing and analysing the World Cup. But the excitement and euphoria come with a unique challenge to the continent’s religions. Africa remains firmly devout across…

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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, center, celebrating a goal with his teammates during Brazil’s World Cup match against Serbia on Wednesday.

Is Neymar Black? Brazil and the Painful Relativity of Race

By Editors' Choice

Ever since his “It’s not like I’m black, you know?” comment, Neymar has served as a focal point in Brazil’s cultural reckoning with racism, whitening, identity and public policy. By Cleuci de Oliveira, New York Times — Years before he became the most expensive player in the world; before his Olympic gold medal; before the Eiffel Tower lit up with his name to greet his professional move from Barcelona to…

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Colin Kaepernick Is a Hero Muhammad Ali Would Be Proud Of

Colin Kaepernick Is a Hero Muhammad Ali Would Be Proud Of

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sports Illustrated — I have never been prouder to be an American. That might seem like a strange confession in these dark times, when there is so much divisiveness in the country. Every day we are faced with cringe-worthy behavior by our country’s leaders: sexual harassment, enabling hate groups by publicly echoing their messages, the enactment of policies that curtail the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights of the…

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Inspired by King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Black Caucus Chairman Writes Open Letter to NFL about Patriotism, Police Brutality

Inspired by King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Black Caucus Chairman Writes Open Letter to NFL about Patriotism, Police Brutality

By News & Current Affairs

“For African Americans, it is not about standing, sitting, or kneeling for the National Anthem? it is about unarmed African Americans lying in a grave who were shot and killed by police officers.” Dear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Other NFL Leaders, In his April 16, 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” which is, in my opinion, his greatest writing, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed white clergy members and other white…

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Colin Kaepernick's Long Victory

Colin Kaepernick’s Long Victory

By Commentaries/Opinions

By William Rivers Pitt — It is amazing how quickly and willingly so many people, when pressed by a discomforting situation, will take on a societal self-policing role that favors power and condemns anyone asking necessary questions. This phenomenon exploded after September 11, goaded on by the likes of Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer, who famously warned us all to “watch what we say.” That voluntary silence, that timorous obsequiousness…

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The Brutal Reality: Kap Is Still Unemployed!

The Brutal Reality: Kap Is Still Unemployed!

By Editors' Choice

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, HuffPost — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a knee over Trump’s insult. Shad Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars owner, linked arms with his players. Nearly a dozen NFL owners issued testy statements blasting Trump’s insult to the NFL. A few NFL coaches and GMs voiced their outrage over the insult. Nearly all the NFL sports jock commentators were in a huff over Trump’s insult. And of course, hundreds…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Kaepernick’s protest is part of a patriotic tradition

By Rev Jesse Jackson

By Jesse Jackson — Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed — itself a revealing phrase — from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-white owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick isn’t hooked on drugs. He isn’t a…

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL

NFL Plantation Owners Ban Uppity Quarterback

By Commentaries/Opinions

American Shame: Colin Kaepernick is jobless for thought crime By William Boardman — To watch America’s structural racism at work, one need look no further than the National Football League (NFL) and its treatment of nonviolent unorthodoxy as expressed by Colin Kaepernick going to one knee during the national anthem in support of the unacceptable thought that black lives should matter as much as anyone else’s. Of course, that’s still…

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Stand for Kaepernick, NFL Protest - Photo By Bud Korotzer

In Photos — Thousands Stand (Kneel) in Support of Nfl Player’s Right to Dissent

By News & Current Affairs

On Wednesday August 23rd, people gathered at the offices of the National Football League [NFL| in Manhattan NYC. By some accounts 3-4 thousand people attended. The rally was in support of quarterback, Colin Kaepernick who refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner prior to the beginning of the football game but instead choose to kneel rather than pay homage to the flag that represents the racism which is so prevalent against the Black population in the United States, especially in the murder of Black people by police, a crime that goes unpunished. As a result of his doing…

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IBW Calls on Baltimore Ravens fans to urge team to hire Colin Kaepernick

IBW Stands with Kaepernick — #Istandwithkaepernick

By Press Releases / Statements

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) Stands with Colin Kaepernick IBW Calls on Baltimore Ravens fans to urge team to hire him   Baltimore, Aug. 3 — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is standing with Colin Kaepernick and is calling on Baltimore Ravens fans, professional athletes across the country and civil and human rights organizations to also stand with Kaepernick and to urge…

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Colin Kaepernick

Here’s The Real Reason Kaepernick Can’t Get A Job In The NFL

By Editors' Choice

The NFL has the power to enforce their take it or leave it imperium on players, fans and politicians. By Earl Ofari Hutchinson Forget all the little teases about this NFL team or that team signing Colin Kaepernick before the start of the season. Forget all the supposed informed talk about some team somewhere signing Kap out of desperation or because they’ve run out of Arena league QBs to go…

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