Becoming a NFL player for many is the best in the world, but cementing yourself in American history is extraordinary!!
GQ magazine adds free agent Colin Kaepernick on the cover as “2017 Citizen Of The Year“!!!!!
Kaepernick stands in the amazing company of the likes of Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, athletes who actively played a role in making a difference in the world.
Unless your not alive, you’ve already why Colin Kaepernick is the Citizen Of The Year. Protesting against systematic oppression and social injustices/police brutality toward black people.
Folks in the industry such as Linda Sarsour, activist and co-organizer of the Women’s March of Washington, Eric Reid, safety for the 49ers and Kaep’s former teammate, Ameer Hasan Loggins, a writer and U.C. Berkeley academic, rapper J.Cole, Carmen Perez, activist & exec director of The Gathering for Justice addressing mass incarceration, Ava DuVernay, filmmaker of Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle in Time, plus more came together in the GQ article to share their experience with Kaepernick and their expertise to the cause.
Ava DuVernay- “I see what he’s done as art.”
Carmen Perez- “What I always tell people is, I could teach you about the law, I could teach you about the criminal-justice system—but I can’t teach you how to have heart. We don’t need a movement full of experts. We need people who care deeply to stand up and offer what they have, because there’s a role for everyone.”
J. Cole – “Colin and I met years ago. I am—I was—a big 49ers fan. I met him during his breakout season. I actually went to the first game he really played in, against the Jets. I just happened to be at that game. It hit another level for me the second I learned he was taking a knee. And it wasn’t just that—it was when I saw the shit he was saying in the interviews when they pressed him about it. His answers were just so clear and potent. Like, right on point. And he wasn’t backing down. And he wasn’t afraid. He was just being honest. And it didn’t seem like he was looking for attention. It caught me off guard because, you know, nothing personally against him, I just didn’t know when I met him that the person with the biggest balls in sports would be him.”
This morning GQ posted Kaep’s cover to social media and many celebrities such as Funk Flex were proud to say the least.