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In recent years, musical artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Missy Elliott have written songs referencing Kinte, who remains a symbol of defiance to many. A former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Kaepernick has also become a symbol of defiance after kneeling during the national anthem throughout the 2016 NFL season to protest inequality and racist police brutality. Sports 

Colin Kaepernick wears a ‘Kunta Kinte’ T-shirt at his NFL tryout

Colin Kaepernick wore a ‘Kunta Kinte’ T-shirt at his NFL tryout to give a nod to the enslaved main character from Roots as he tried to impress league scouts after a three-year absence _____________________ Colin Kaepernick did not answer reporters’ questions at Saturday’s NFL tryout in Atlanta, but he did make a statement by arriving in a T-shirt bearing the name of author Alex Haley’s main character in Roots, the award-winning novel about slavery in the American South. The embattled free agent quarterback did a workout for a handful of…

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