San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara on Sept. 12, 2016.
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara on Sept. 12, 2016. Marcio Jose Sanchez The Associated Press
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara on Sept. 12, 2016. Marcio Jose Sanchez The Associated Press
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

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Colin Kaepernick, the unexpected leader, is finding his voice

September 30, 2016 04:38 PM

UPDATED September 30, 2016 10:08 PM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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