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This Sudanese Cartoonist Created the Viral Colin Kaepernick Civil Rights Image

Khalid Albaih's work has become a symbol of protest against social injustices and the NFL's discriminatory policies.

As the NFL continues to encroach upon the civil rights of its players by presenting new policies that could penalize them for kneeling during the National Anthem, those in support of the protest continue to express their support for Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the movement within the NFL when he boldly knelt during the National Anthem in 2016.

He's drawn several comparisons to Civil Rights-era athletes like Muhammad Ali as well as Tommie Smith and John Carlos who iconically put up the black power salute during the 1968 Olympic games. One Sudanese artist decided to translate Kaepernick's activism into a cartoon, which has been worn on shirts by members of the NCAAP in order to lead protests, and by Chance the Rapper.


A new video from AJ+ highlights the work of Khalid Albaih, and his mission to highlight the social injustices in the United States, after he spent a year learning about the Civil Rights movement while traveling through the states with fellow Arab artists."For me, Kapearnick taking a knee is the image of our century," he says. "This is a historical moment. Not only for African-Americans, this is for human rights. This is for Civil Rights," he added.

Check out the video below, to learn more about the Sudanese artist's work.

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