The Daily Word in Unions in the South, Colin Kaepernick, and North Korean missile testing
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of a lot of media attention and a lot of jeering football fans recently. When the Niners played the Green Bay Packers on August 26th, Kaepernick outraged the crowd by remaining seated during the national anthem, later saying that he did so as a protest of racial inequality and racially motivated shootings by police in the US. The response from the public has largely been along the lines of "shut up and play football like you're paid to do." Despite public backlash, booing crowds, and local police forces threatening to stop covering 49ers' games (which, like, does nobody else see the irony in that?), Kaepernick has continued his protest. And other athletes are joining him.
Today is Labor Day. Labor unions, which have begun re-inventing themselves and are focusing on raising the minimum wage, are seeing growth in membership in the South, an area that has had little union presence in the past. But those unions are struggling, in part because there's not a single reporter dedicated to covering labor in the southern states. That's a big problem -- union organizers are less scared about employer backlash when they have the press following their fight. Read Mike Elm's call to arms for the creation of more southern labor media.
Today also would have been Freddy Mercury's 70th birthday. Astronomers have named an asteroid after him for the occasion. You're truly a shooting star now, Freddy.
The Taliban bombed the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul on Monday by way of two suicide bombers. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.
On Monday, North Korea tested three medium-range missiles that traveled 620 miles and landed in the sea near Japan. This happens during the G-20 economic summit in China. North Korea is actively developing long-range weapons capable of striking the US mainland. Yes, that is terrifying.
Make friends with somebody who has cable, because Donald Glover's show Atlanta premieres on FX tomorrow. The dramedy follows Glover as Ernest, a millennial Black man who's struggling to make ends meet and to win his ex-girlfriend back -- all while tackling issues of police brutality, gun violence, sexual identity, and mass incarceration. Everything Glover touches turns to gold, and I have no doubts that this show will follow suit.