Dave Zirin pulls off a masterful piece of journalism in this book, always letting these courageous young men and women’s stories, words, and calls to action take center stage without judgment or editorialism. Throughout these expertly collected testimonials, Zirin educates the reader on the intertwined histories of sports activism and US structural racism. The accounts of young athletes following the lead of Colin Kaepernick’s famous national anthem protest range from harrowing and angering to heartwarming, but are always inspiring and educational. For anybody with even a passing interest in the world of sport and how it’s been changing in the wake of renewed Black Lives Matter activism, this is a must-read!
The Kaepernick Effect by Dave Zirin, (List Price: 25.99, The New Press, 9781620976753, September 2021)
Reviewed by Akil Guruparan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia