For Robert Quinn, a humble, quiet NFL veteran who’s been raising his fist since September 2016, the gesture is meant to empower and provoke, and also unite. Its roots trace back to his Carolina upbringing, and for centuries before that. ‘I want people to understand,’ he says—but also, ‘I won’t stop until they get rid of me.’
Last season, the Rams lost to the Saints in Week 12, and the NFL hardly batted an eye. This season was a different story, however, with both teams boasting seven wins and in first place of their respective divisions.