Kaepernick has earned the right to speak out against the NFL’s treatment of Black players.
- Colin Kaepernick has earned the right to speak out against the NFL’s treatment of Black players. And he’s not afraid to say what he’s thinking.
- Kaepernick compares the NFL draught to slavery in “Colin in Black and White,” a Netflix miniseries he co-produced with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
The NFL appears to have excluded the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback since the 2016-17 season to express his legal right to protest police brutality and systematic racism by kneeling during the national anthem. Instead, former President Donald Trump and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell twisted his peaceful protest, which was served by the NFL’s wealthy, powerful, and white franchise owners.
Kaepernick, 34, may never return to the NFL. But he appears to be at ease with it. The former quarterback, recognized worldwide for his social engagement, is now telling his story in his unique style.
Don’t get it mixed up. Kaepernick’s statements on slavery were meant metaphorically. He understands that players choose to work in the NFL, whereas enslaved people do not. He does, however, believe that Black players should be aware of the risks they are taking. He sees the league as an organization that pretends to favor subordination and punishes independent thought.
Kaepernick, who was adopted by a white couple in Milwaukee when he was five months old, was unwilling to make such a concession.
Kaepernick is dressed in black and has an Afro that frames his face in a scene from the miniseries. Images of white coaches watching Black bodies are combined with a visual of a slave auction as he attacks the NFL control.
The NFL’s decision to blackball Kaepernick and his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid effectively ended pregame kneeling and delivered a clear message that players of color have no rights that an NFL team is committed to respect. In that sense, each team functions similarly to a plantation.
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