While Colin Kaepernick’s NFL stats this year are non-existent, he is making a difference in a much less traditional way for pro quarterbacks—fighting for social rights. His national anthem protest has become a national phenomenon, and it has incited conversation in more than just the sports world. His impact has been so profound that GQ has named Kaepernick its 2017 “Citizen of the Year”.
Kaepernick, who many believe to have been “blackballed” by the league, has remained relatively silent since becoming a free agent. In fact, he isn’t even quoted in GQ’s story on him in their latest edition. However, Kaepernick did Tweet that he was “honored” to be featured.
“I see what he’s done as art,” said Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma”, in an article from GQ.
DuVernay is joined by many other popular civil rights activists in voicing their support of what Kaepernick has done. Among these figures are Carmen Perez, director of “The Gathering for Justice” and hip-hop artist J. Cole.
“He was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream,” said Cole, whose newest album “4 Your Eyez Only” voices his discontent with the way African Americans are living in America.
While it is clear that Kaepernick’s protests and voice are being heard, it’s hard to tell what’s in his future from a football point of view. Other than a petition from Green Bay Packer’s fans to sign Kaepernick, there is very little interest among the league from any teams to sign him.
Despite that, it is easy to see that Kaepernick is writing history and like all major historical events, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
— KnowYourRightsCamp (@yourrightscamp) November 17, 2017