One man started a movement: Tracking the Kaepernick effect

ThinkProgress tracked his protest's spread across the country.

Since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism, ThinkProgress has tracked his protest’s spread across the country — and even the world.

Over the past 13 months, we have found evidence of more than 3,500 people taking steps to join Kaepernick’s movement. We tracked more than 200 protests during the national anthem at sporting events in 41 states (including Washington, D.C.) and four countries. Fifty colleges and 68 high schools have seen some type of protest activity on their fields.

This information is searchable in our interactive database below (more specific instruction for using the database appears at the bottom of this story).


Notice something we missed? If you see an error or have information about a protest event we have not included, please let us know in this form.

Editor’s Note: Our interactive database can be filtered by state; sport (“other” includes cheerleaders, anthem singers, and bands, as well as players in all sports that aren’t football, soccer, or basketball); and level (“youth” incorporates high school, middle school, and youth programs). For our tracking purposes, we included any sign of apparent protest during the national anthem, whatever the style. Do you think we missed something? Please use this form to tell us about an event you think we should add to our database. 

Jonathon Padron contributed development and Diana Ofosu contributed design work to this database. Adam Peck, Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, Aysha Khan, Rebekah Entralgo, and Ryan Koronowski contributed research assistance to this project.