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You don't hear much about Colin Kaepernick, but he was the spark that started an awakening in our society.
He inspired Trump to decry players who "took a knee" during the national anthem ("fire the son of a bitch") but a few years later, Roger Goodell admitted that he league needed to pay more attention to what its players said.
(In 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality. The protest set off a firestorm of controversy with politicians, including the U.S. president, saying Kaepernick’s gesture was unpatriotic.
In a video posted online in June of 2020 , NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL was wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier but did not mention Kaepernick by name.)
George Floyd's murder last summer finally got the America people to say "enough is enough", and the tear gassing of peaceful demonstrators (in what is now Black Lives Matter Plaza ) hardened public opinion against white racists.
NASCAR got into the act, too, after a noose was found in Bubba Wallace's garage - and Michael Jordan will have his own team this season.
If you watched the game closely, you may have even noticed a sign that paid homage to Emmett Till, who was murdered in 1963.
Amanda Jordan became the first ever poet to perform at a Super Bowl, and her speech reinforced some of the message that she delivered at Biden's inauguration.
There were numerous images last night about ending racism, and the show also included an ad that said that the NFL was pledging $250 million to combat systematic racism.
Although not tied to racism, the other memorable image from last night was President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden paying tribute to the victims of COVID - some thing Trump NEVER did at any point on the last year.