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Conversations With Enrique Cerna

Protest, Patriotism and Polarization

Sportswriter Art Thiel and Political Science Professor Christopher Parker share their thoughts on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and his protest.

September 16, 2016

When San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, he drew a firestorm of criticism and questions about his patriotism.

Kaepernick says he is protesting racism and police brutality against communities of color. He continues to sit or kneel during the playing of the anthem and has been joined by other NFL players in support of his protest.

Are his actions unpatriotic? Is his protest bringing awareness to racial divisions in the U.S.? Veteran Seattle sportswriter Art Thiel of and University of Washington political science professor Christopher Parker share their insights on this episode of Conversations.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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