In our first post we reviewed how White Faith Failed Colin Kaepernick. In that same episode, a white church lady treated the aspiring athlete as a rescue baby. In episode five Colin’s parents enjoy white bliss.
In the sixth and final episode, we close with a prayer. Colin’s baseball coach has been a staunch supporter of the greatest athlete their town has ever produced. But Colin wants to be a quarterback. That’s why coach invokes heavenly support: “Every night I pray, ‘please let this kid come to his senses.’” This white grownup like all white grownups in this Netflix series, executes power. This arm that is worth millions has a purpose and coach cannot allow this black teen to waste divine resources on the frivolities of his own will.

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In our first post on how White Faith Failed Colin Kaepernick, we reviewed his dad’s ignorant white faith during a tense traffic stop situation. In that same episode, a white church lady treated the aspiring athlete as a rescue baby. In episode five Colin’s parents set him up with a better (i.e. white) date for a school function. When he goes to the girl’s house to pick her up, four white parents are beaming for joy. And every wall in their living room is decorated with a giant cheesy cross -one on every wall that we see in this house. It’s a symbol of God on the side of white bliss.

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In our first post on how White Faith Failed Colin Kaepernick, we reviewed his dad’s ignorant white faith during a tense traffic stop situation. Also in episode three of the highly bingable Netflix miniseries, we find another white Christian person: Adoption lady. She wants to come across as caring. Initially, she was scared by the black teenager in the hotel lobby. After Colin’s dad claimed “ownership” of the teen, she relaxed, going into church mode. Her church sponsors an adoption program where white people can feel good about themselves for giving poor black kids from Africa a new home. She talks over Colin, only addressing his dad, disregarding his presence. Since she is used to having the white Christian American power position over black kids, she is sympathetic with the other good white person. This power dynamic plays out both in faith and sports.

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Colin in Black & White is a highly bingable Netflix miniseries that is part documentary and part growing up drama. It is the story of former QB Colin Kaepernick as he struggles through growing up as a black kid in a white world. Islands of black culture show up as sanctuaries in a largely dangerous white sea. Persons of faith are all white and not helpful for the struggling teenager with a big dream of becoming an NFL quarterback:

In Episode three, the viewers learn why Colin’s dad was always caught speeding but never got pulled over: He is white. In this episode, Colin gets to drive for the first time to one of his games. Dad in the passenger seat blesses himself with the sign of the cross as they pull out of the driveway. Sure enough, the black teenager gets pulled over and the cop reaches for his gun. Dad remains clueless as to why that happened. He represents ignorant white faith.

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Chaplain (Major General) Thomas L. Solhjem announced the commission of the Army’s first CrossFit chaplain. “With CrossFit being the largest growing religion followed by soldiers, it only made sense to commission a chaplain who could meet their specific needs.” Read more on them Duffel Blog.

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Exactly one year before winning his UFC contract in the final episode of season 5 of the contender series, Yohan Lainesse, posted the following prayer on his knees:

After his knockout hook, the white lion jumps and yells loudly. Apparently, he incorporates both sides of the human experience: enthusiasm and humility, noise and silence. That’s what a well-balanced spirituality is all about.

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Victor Altamirano became a newly minted UFC fighter in DWCS season 5, episode 1. For Día de los Muertos, he proudly shares his ofrenda.

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Two Muslim fighters won their bouts and their UFC contracts. Javid Basharat fought back, verbally and in the ring, when his opponent called him a terrorist. The UFC professional reminds his twitter followers that Islam is a religion of peace:

Gadzhi Omargadzhiev wins his UFC contract with the first kneebar ever on the Dana White Contender Series. During a recent training camp in Istanbul he took time to promote unity, when he posted, “sport unites regardless of nation and religion.”

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Cristian Arango has again been voted the MLS Player of the Week.

Arango scored a hat trick in LAFC’s 3-2 victory over FC Dallas on Wednesday night. He reminds his Instagram followers that “happy is the man who trusts in God.”

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Armen Petrosyan wins his UFC contract by KO. In his post fight interview he thanks God for the gift of talent. On Instagram he proudly shares his son’s Baptism:

Piera Rodriguez takes a prayerful knee when entering the octagon. She wins her bout by unanimous decision and secures a UFC contract. Kneeling in prayer comes naturally to the fighter:

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