Mike Lukovich

Colin Kaepernick has become one of the most divisive figures in the NFL by refusing to stand during public performances of the national anthem. Some believe his silent protest of systemic violence against people of color is noble. Others feel as if it's unpatriotic.

Kaepernick himself has attempted to explain that his criticism of the U.S. police force is meant to shed light on the fact that black and brown people are consistently subjected to abuse by a system inexorably tied to a history of racist ideology. It's difficult to say whether his message has gotten across.


To political cartoonist Mike Luckovich, though, Kaepernick's message is clear and obvious:


Today, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist shared a drawing depicting five of the unarmed black people who were slain by police officers whose names have become synonymous with the movement for massive reform to the criminal justice system. Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, the cartoon notes, are also unable to stand up for the national anthem.

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