(Think Progress) -- In the summer of 2016, Kelsey Bone was the first WNBA player to join Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and systemic racism by taking a knee during the national anthem.
She heard Kaepernick’s message, and felt passionately about supporting it. She didn’t care if it made people uncomfortable; that was the point.
“This was not a movement of unity,” she told me last year in an interview on the Burn It All Down podcast. “This is a movement of alarm. ‘Hello, wake up. Do you see us? Do you hear us? We are not trying to go back to where we’ve come from.'”
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Two years later, most athletes who joined Kaepernick by protesting during the anthem have moved on. But Bone — who didn’t play in the WNBA during the 2017 season — is still taking a knee during the national anthem at every game.