The latest episode of Why? Radio is now available online.
“Colin Kaepernick’s Football Protests and America” with guest Eric Burin is available here.
America is in the midst of a ferocious debate about protests on the football field. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to call attention to police brutality against African Americans, inspiring others to do the same. Some think he is justified, others claim he is just a belligerent employee. On this episode, we look at the philosophical issues behind this debate, and have a discussion that focuses on race, sports, patriotism, the history of the United States, and the nature of democracy itself.
Eric Burin is a professor of history at the University of North Dakota who works on American history, with special attention to slavery and race. He is the author of the book Slavery and the Peculiar Solution and the editor of the free collection Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College which is available to download for free. He is also the editor of an upcoming collection on the football protests, which will also be available for free, here.
— Jack Weinstein, Philosophy & Religious Studies