Colin Kaepernick And ‘Post’ Post-Race America

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You remember: Barack Obama won the presidency, everyone was feeling all bloated with hope and the images of the Civil Rights era took on a shiny new hue, on the way from legend to prophecy. Eulogies for the recently deceased specter of racism met no sarcasm or derision; token blacks and browns everywhere suddenly, unimaginably belonged, like a stumble that becomes a part of a dance. We frolicked for a moment in the utopic playground of Post-Race America, where no one could see or respond to race because we were, you know, over it.

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Josh Koscheck (African-American/White) [American]

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Known as: Professional Martial Artist (Welterweight Mixed Martial Artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship; Semi-finalist in the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter”)

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Chad Morton (Japanese/African American) [American]

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Known as: Former All-Pro Professional Football Player (Played for New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New York Jets & New Orleans Saints; Currently with Green Bay Packers as a Special Teams Assistant)

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Ashton Eaton (African American/Caucasian) [American]

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Ashton Eaton (African American/Caucasian) [American]

 

Known as: Olympic Decathlon Athlete

 

London 2012 Summer Olympics: Men’s Decathlon (Won the Gold Medal)

 

Other Awards/Accolades: Gold Medal in the Heptathlon at the 2012 World Indoor Championships; Current World Record Holder in both the Decathlon & Heptathlon

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Lee Kiefer (Filipino/Caucasian) [American] …

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Lee Kiefer (Filipino/Caucasian) [American]

 

Known as: Olympian Fencer London 2012 Summer Olympics: Women’s Individual Foil, Women’s Team Foil 

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Flashback Thursday: Miles Austin (African-American/Caucasian) [American]

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Flashback Thursday: Miles Austin (African-American/Caucasian) [American]

 

Known as: Professional Football Player (Plays Wide Receiver for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys; 2 time NFL Pro Bowl selection)

 

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Steve Kariya (Japanese/Scottish) [Canadian]

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Steve Kariya (Japanese/Scottish) [Canadian]

Known as: Professional Hockey Player (Won the 2004-05 Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy; Brother of Paul Kariya)

Played for: Vancouver Canucks, Ilves Tampere, Espoo Blues, HPK Hämeenlinna, JYP Jyväskylä, Frölunda Indians

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Arthur Wharton – Daily Multiracial

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(Grenadian, Scottish, Fante Ghanian) [British (Gold Coast…now Ghana)]   Known as: First professional football/soccer of African decent (Also set the world record for the 100 yard sprint in 1886)
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Derek Jeter – Daily Multiracial

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(African-American/Irish-German) [American]   Known as: Professional Baseball Player (New York Yankees shortstop, Multiple time All-Star & Golden Glove winner)
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Greg Louganis – Daily Multiracial

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(Samoan/Swedish) [American]   Known as: Multiple Olympic Gold Medal and World Championship winning diver (1984 Los Angeles & 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics)
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