When the sun dips below the horizon, we don’t think twice (if even once!) about flipping our light switches on. Our energy usage patterns have become instincts to follow, rather than decisions to consider. What we too often forget in our daily power consumption is that our power isn’t fueled by magic, but environmentally damaging natural gas.
The first time that Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the national anthem, his quiet act of protest attracted little attention. It was only later, when his symbolic decision to withhold turned into a more visible kneel during pre-game ceremonies, that he began to attract the nation’s attention – and ire. Kaepernick’s peaceful protests began as attempts to draw attention to the rampant racial injustice and violent oppression of people of color across America, and have since sparked nationwide conversation not only about racism, but also about the right to protest. While Kaepernick’s actions have been met with an outpouring of support from his fellow players, fans, and even politicians, others have derided his choice to protest as un-American, disrespectful, and inappropriate for the football field. As someone who wholly stands behind Kaepernick and his efforts to draw attention to the crises our nation currently faces, I wonder whether these critics have fully considered the nuanced symbolism of the players’ decisions to take a knee during the anthem – and I would ask: If not now, when? If not us, who?
The subtle delegation of a female athlete’s accomplishments to her relationships with men is a quiet, but certainly worrying, sign that sexism in sports is far from a “solved” problem.