As the controversy rages around Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing protests of the National Anthem — he’s been lauded as a hero and an anti-American alike — we’re reminded that the public eye is a potent place of power and sway.
Say what you will about celebrity worship and the danger of a pretty face being given a platform — look no further than Jenny McCarthy to see the kind of damage that can be wrought when fame and fallacious beliefs collide — they can be a valuable source of social change.
As we anticipate Kaepernick’s return to his starting quarterback position this Sunday, it’s important to reflect on the effects he’s had on calling attention to systemic racism and police brutality . . . and on the impact other celebrities have had on social progress as well.