Black History: Colin Kaepernick

Day 4 of 28 for my art and Black History Month facts.

I debated about posting this but I thought it was appropriate and timely for the Superbowl. For day 4, I decided to draw Colin Kaepernick. Many people decided not to tune into the NFL because of the divisive stance of kneeling during the National Anthem and Colin Kaepernick still being a free agent. In my opinion, although I wouldn’t kneel for the Anthem, I’m very happy he did. Before you choose a specific side, name 5 black men who died from racial injustice and determine your privilege. Minority groups have had to be creative about many forms of protesting for decades, yet when people say things like “Black Lives Matter,” it’s narrative is redefined into something that it’s not. That’s what happened with Kaepernick. “In 2016, Kaepernick became a national figure after he began protesting what he viewed as racial injustice in the United States by not standing while the United States national anthem was being played before the start of games.” He decided to kneel after ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer wrote him an open letter to meet. “We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer says. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”

However, since these posts are to try to teach people something new, today I want to focus on Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Pledge. Kaepernick pledged to donate one million dollars to “organizations working in oppressed communities” in 2018. He would make the final $100,000 donation of his “Million Dollar Pledge” in the form of $10,000 donations to charities that would be matched by celebrities. Check out more about his activism at http://bit.ly/KapPledge

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