Why do some people believe that professional football player Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem is “unpatriotic” while others believe that his kneeling is a courageous and patriotic act? How might we view the Black Lives Matters movement and the North Dakota Pipeline protest as important acts of resistance made by patriotic “citizens”?
Different values and worldviews emerge from different life conditions and create conflicting ideas of what means to be patriotic or active “citizens”. Where We Stand…Or Kneel will explore these conflicting ideas of patriotism and invite participants to view historical and current acts of protest and resistance through the lens of competing values or worldviews. Where We Stand…Or Kneel will also explore the dynamics of cross-cultural and transnational protest and resistance, and ask the following questions: How important and effective are these protests? How are they limited? What have they accomplished?