Eric Burin, ed., Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America.
Publication date: September 1.
Check out a couple sneak peeks:
Mark Stephen Jendysik, “Endgames”
Andrew Wegmann, “‘They Will Use This Against You’:
The Context and Legacy of the 2001 France vs. Algeria Protests”
Protesting on Bended Knee eyes the modern crusade for racial equality through the prism of the demonstrations associated with Colin Kaepernick, a professional football player who in 2016 began kneeling during the national anthem to draw attention to discrimination and injustice. A diverse array of thirty-one authors explain in brief essays what they see in the protests; collectively, they describe where the demonstrations fit within Americans’ quest to form “a more perfect union”; the legal landscape of dissent; the revival of athlete-activists; the tactics of protesters and counter-tactics of their opponents; and the perspective of others—reporters, coaches, players, and fans—“in the arena.” Their observations, along with an extensive Introduction by historian Eric Burin, provide a nearly contemporaneous account of the latest chapter in a freedom struggle as old as America itself.