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.
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.
The protest sparked a dialogue surrounding the politics of black hair.
According to Ebony.com: "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."
"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."
Georgetown University is attempting to do something others should learn to do: tangibly making amends for the past