This week: Kaepernick receives support with #VeteransForKaepernick, #RacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh and Georgetown to give admission priority to slave descendants.

Welcome back to This Week in Black Twitter, your weekly digest of the happenings on Black Twitter and cultural conversations on the web. Topics will span the gamut — pop culture, politics, sports, lifestyles and everything in between. This week: Colin Kaepernick receives overwhelming support with #VeteransForKaepernick, #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh and Georgetown to give admission priority to descendants of slaves. 

1. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused quite a stir this week after deciding to take a stand  by sitting down  during "The Star-Spangled Banner," which apparently references the murder of slaves.


"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick, who is biracial and was raised by white adoptive parents, told in an interview. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way."

Some believe he took the wrong approach, and many thought Kaepernick was disrespecting America as well as veterans.

Fans (or maybe I should say former fans) even burned his jersey.

But many also showed overwhelming support for Kaepernick's decision, using #VeteransForKaepernick.

Kaepernick continued his protest of the anthem Thursday before the 49ers-San Diego Chargers preseason game on military night. Only this time, he was joined by two more players: teammate Eric Reid and the Seahawks' Jeremy Lane, who sat during the anthem before Seattle's game against the Oakland Raiders.

It all also inspired #KapSoBlack.

2. Kaepernick isn't the only one standing up for a cause.

Students at the Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa have been leading protests in opposition of the school's policy on hair and appearance. Students say the school's policy on hair is discriminatory against natural, black hair.

Over the weekend, images of the student-led protest were widely circulated online, with people using #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh and #PretoriaGirlsHigh.

The protest sparked a dialogue surrounding the politics of black hair.

According to "Black women and girls all over the world are punished for the hair that grows from our scalp. We often spend four years in college learning to embrace our kinky, curly or coarse hair, only to enter a job market that hasn't learned to do the same. ... Regulating Black hair is regulating our identities."

3. Georgetown University announced Thursday that it will give admission preferences to decendants of slaves who were sold by the school.

The decision comes after a report found that 272 black people were sold to pay off the school's debts in 1838. It looks as though this is Georgetown's way of making amends.

In a way, some argued, the decision further legitimizes the case for reparations.


"The debt owed to black Americans for the sin of slavery is not evident in the legers of any one sale, but in the social and economic realities that have defined daily life for 400 years," Jamiles Lartey opined for The Guardian.

After all, "estimates of the amount owed by the nation to unfree Black labor are in the neighborhood of $500 billion to $1 trillion."