Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ Magazine’s citizen of the year. The announcement came in a story posted by the magazine today (Monday November, 13th) about Kaepernick. Kap was not quoted for the story. GQ states in the story that Kap “has grown wise to the power of his silence.” Kap did speak to GQ briefly for the story. Kap said that he has decided to participate in this story because he “wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest.” GQ also said that Kap had told them that he intends to remain silent. Instead of interviewing Kap, the GQ story gets the perspective of some of Kap’s “closest confidants.”
One man standing (or kneeling) for what he believes in and wants to bring attention to (police brutality) has caused people to become angrier than they were when a domestic terrorist killed 58 people and wounded more than 400 people in Las Vegas during a massacre committed by one man, with a weapon that has no use other than killing lots of people quickly. One man standing (or kneeling) for what he believes in and wants to bring attention to (police brutality) has caused people to become angrier than they were when a domestic terrorist walked into a church in Texas and killed 26 people ( including many young children) and wounded over 20 more people during a massacre committed by one man, with a weapon that has no other use than killing lots of people quickly. If Colin Kaepernick or other players kneeling during the National Anthem makes you feel an anger that you can’t seem to feel after the killing of these many innocent United States citizens….then your problem may not be with Kap himself. Your problem is probably with something much bigger. Something that you will need to take a long look at yourself in a mirror and try to figure out.
More than being known as the guy who kneels (or used to), during the National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick has done lots of things to help out predominantly poor and minority communities. Things that people are quick to overlook when they ask “what has he done?” Kaepernick has been in these communities funneling money from his own pockets to fund programs, buy suits for ex-felons so they can have something to wear to a job interview, donate millions of dollars to inner-city programs, helped secure a plane to take millions of dollars worth of food to hungry people in Somalia, created a grassroots organization to educate the youth on how to interact with the police, and many other things I have not listed…….YET, all you can seem to focus on is the kneeling during the National Anthem. Colin Kaepernick is not the problem……you are! Kaepernick was a perfect choice for this honor by GQ magazine. Kudos to Kap, and kudos to GQ for recognizing the man’s efforts to make this a better Country for everyone.