‘Colin Kaepernick VS The World’ Snapchat series addresses his fight against police brutality

During Black History Month, with the series 28 Black Stories in 28 days, USA TODAY Sports examines the issues, challenges and opportunities Black athletes and sports officials face after the nation’s reckoning on race in 2020.

During the first installment of the Snapchat series Colin Kaepernick VS The World, a flashy and, basically, rudimentary telling of Kaepernick's story, there's one point where the show hits its high mark. It's when the series flashed back to the Rodney King beating in 1991.

The co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, reflects on a core truth rippling decades after that awful moment. In the years to come, versions of the King assault would repeat in many different instances of police brutality across the country. Over and over and over again. And it would get worse.

"I don't think that Rodney King and his brutal beating was a defining moment for Colin's generation like it was for mine," Garza says. "But here we are, several years later, and we're still facing the same kinds of violence and brutality."

This was the best part of the first chapter. We know Kaepernick's story but what's often lost is that Kaepernick took his brave stand because he was energized, and enraged, by history.

His protest wasn't just about what was happening at the time. It was his knowledge of just how systemic this problem was. Police brutality was a never-ending Groundhog Day of ugly violence against Black and brown people. Kaepernick felt enough was enough and in the end gave up his NFL career to fight it.

Snapchat says the eight-episode series will show the rise of Kaepernick and how he became a symbol of fighting for racial justice. It premiered Super Bowl weekend and new episodes are scheduled to premier every other day. Some of the people Snapchat interviewed, like Garza, are big names in the social justice movement. The series also interviews journalists who have covered the issue extensively.

The second installment continues to dive into issues of police abuse including the case of Eric Garner. It also shows the rise of Kaepernick on the field.

The first episode, at least, assumes you know little or nothing about Kaepernick. Parts of it feel extremely basic. Then it gets deep when addressing the core reasons why Kaepernick protested.

That's when it gets good. Really good.

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