|A black lives matter banner used in a rally in Greenville|
Prior to reading the New York Times article on Kaepernick I was unaware of the surround support from other player via the use of the raised fist. I find it interesting the they chose to use this form of symbolism in order to raise awareness of the cause they are "supporting". To me this seems like a poor choice of actions to be taken. Raising awareness for a cause should be done with respect and dignity. Part of giving respect is understanding the full grasp of ones actions and the historical relations to those actions. These athletes are taking a stand because of mistreatment of the African American race, but they are doing so in a hostile fashion which will only increase the issues rather than improve them.
The activism issue I chose to research further was the black lives matter campaign, which is a campaign designed to raise awareness of mistreatment of African American citizens. It has further been adopted to be used as a form of raising awareness of multiple race, gender, and ethnic groups they are being mistreated. I believe that the heart of the phrase is "Lives Matter", As a society and as a human race it is important that we never forget the importance of equality in every aspect of our lives.
For my Holding On profile I chose Dugout Dick Zimmerman. I chose his profile because of how different Dick's lifestyle is from today's society. Dick is a cave man with no communication or technology which is what our generation is saturated with day to day. One of my favorite parts of the reading is when Dan, the occupant of Cave #1 mentions that he enjoys the reclusiveness of the caves. I can agree with him on this statement because I can personally think of times in my life where all I needed was some time alone to be with my thoughts and not be distracted by those around me.