“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months.” – Colin Kaepernick
On September 6, 2016 I wrote, “The world is watching, let’s see if America can finally get it right.” It’s been 501 days since I wrote about how former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sparked a national conversation and in those 501 days, America and the NFL still haven’t gotten it right. In those 501 days, an unqualified man became president of the United States and defiled the office of the presidency by calling NFL players sons of bitches for supporting Kaepernick and joining in on the NFL protests, he called for NFL owners to fire players that continued to kneel and waged an all out war about who is a real American.
As some who sits on social media and constantly touts about respecting the flag and the military, it was quite interesting when the man who occupies the White House attended the College Football Playoff National Championship game and didn’t know the words to the national anthem. Who’s the real American now?
You know who’s a real American? Colin Kaepernick.
Colin has used his platform to bring awareness to social justice issues and has continued his advocacy since being blackballed from the NFL. It speaks volumes that a man who won’t ever play another game of professional football, has donated $9ook of his own money to 30+ organizations. On Wednesday, he announced that he would name 10 beneficiaries to receive the final $100,000 of his $1 million pledge to charity. What makes this last donation even sweeter…celebrities are matching the donation bringing the final donation total to $200k and 40+ organizations.
Colin teamed up with Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant for the first $10k that will go to Silicon Valley De-Bug which is a charity that benefits youth, immigrants and low-wage workers. Per ESPN, the $20,000 total will go toward travel stipends for families to visit their loved ones in prison; raising awareness of a campaign for a law that would increase protections to young people in prison; funding pretrial release for those who can’t make bail; and supporting initiatives that seek to end bail.
Unlike the man who occupies the White House, Colin Kaepernick has been a man of his word. He continues to fight the good fight even when the consequences for exercising is first amendment rights cost him his job. He is a man of action, a man of morals, a man of dedication, a man of faith, a receipt keeper and he should be proud for sparking a national conversation around the social injustices that Black people and other people of color face. You can find out more about the last 9 beneficiaries and Colin’s million dollar pledge on his website.