Colin Kaepernick took a knee at the singing of our national anthem last year because his conscience would not allow him to ignore the injustices exacted on unarmed black men at the hands of American law enforcement. All across the country we constantly heard about the brutality and gunshots that brazenly took the lives of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling and Freddie Gray. And not long after we heard and saw video footage of that brutality, we heard not-guilty verdicts. The verdict of not guilty was almost as gut wrenching as the deafening silence of white government officials, business leaders and faith leaders. All of a sudden an ethos of ambivalence about black lives was intimated and realized among every class of African Americans. No one was taking a stand, so Colin took a knee.