In these first months of the Trump administration, multiple traumas are being triggered, one group at a time, in a repetitive reaction to provocative cues. The result is a cacophony of reactions, red flags, and warnings. But because we are in denial about collective trauma being in the driver seat, we are not really learning from the repetition.
…e he has raised yet another mirror to reveal another ugly truth about another American institution. What’s left reflected is that Colin Kaepernick isn’t being blackballed because he knelt for the national anthem, he’s being blackballed because the NFL has (for decades) persuaded its patrons that what he is doesn’t exist: a three-dimensional, wholly human Black athlete.