Billie Jean King Understands Colin Kaepernick
Published to The New York Times Magazine on September 13, 2017
Q: Emma Stone plays you in “Battle of the Sexes,” a new film about your 1973 tennis match against Bobby Riggs. You gently corrected her during the promotional tour after she overlooked the racial component in the wage gap. That was very, if you’ll excuse the term, woke of you. How do you keep yourself educated on civil rights issues?
BJK: I never think I can catch up. Coretta Scott King used to talk about how each generation has to start the fight for freedom over, and I think that’s true, because the pendulum goes back and forth. You can fight for a lot of things and have it all undone 20, 30 years later and have to start over.