Taking a Knee for Racial Justice: How Kaepernick’s Courage Reveals U.S. Systemic Racism

Presented by Kim Harris, M.Ed.


Professional football player Colin Kaepernick lost it all. A good professional quarterback decided to take a stand against the unfair treatment/disproportionate arrests and killings of people of color in the United States. As such he took a knee to take a stand and has been black-balled by the NFL. This workshop relates to the conference theme because Colin Kaepernick used his platform as a professional athlete to take a stand to “awaken” America to the unfair treatment of people of color by law enforcement. This unfair treatment of POC is diametrically opposed to the values set forth in the American Constitution and Kaepernick is using his platform to hold America accountable to who we say we are.

My workshop will engage, inspire and empower participants with what I plan to teach.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. State the definition of systemic racism and how it operates in America
  2. Explain the history of athlete protests
  3. Explain the history of the Colin Kaepernick protest and the juxtaposition of systemic racism to his social activism
  4. Analyze “Common Patterns of Whites” and apply these patterns to participant behavior
  5. Explore solutions to participant’s personal patterns of oppression
  6. Discuss resources for further exploration and self development

About the Presenter:

Kim started Distinctive Voice Consulting in 2014 with a purpose of training educational employees, communities, businesses and social service agencies about bias, diversity and inclusion. Kim has a master’s degree in education from Western Washington University where she completed graduate courses in cultural pluralism and group dynamics. Kim has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Humanities. Kim is a multi-cultural person of color who was raised in Los Angeles California where she lived in racially and economically diverse communities. Kim has a social justice background and is one of the founders of the Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition in 2015.

For more information on Distinctive Voice Consulting visit Kim’s website at: www.DistinctiveVoiceConsulting.blogspot.com


Primary Audience: adults – general, educators, human rights or social justice professionals; youth – teens 13-18

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