Power over Colin in Adoption and Sports
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.