In September 2016, San Fransico 49'ers' Quarter Back, Colin Kaepernick, caught the media's attention after he was seen kneeling during the National Anthem. Kaepernick, who has now quit the NFL in favor of his political stance, refused to stand during the anthem because of his views on the country’s treatment of racial minorities.
Though many ostracized the sportsman for "disrespecting" the country, many have shown their support for him and his cause, including a number of high-profile celebrities.
Keep scrolling to find out why he is writing a memoir on the national anthem protest.
A little bit about Colin Kaepernick...
via: Getty ImagesKaepernick, born in Milwaukee in 1987, is a former quarterback-turned-activist who is known for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.
Kneeling for what he believes in...
via: CNNIn 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the US national anthem prior to games, rather than standing as is customary.
He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
His kneeling was a sign of respect.
Kaepernick's actions inspired others...
The NFL's response wasn't positive...Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.
Yet players still continued to kneel.
This announcement caused even more outrage...
Kaepernick was used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign...
Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.
And he has had had a flurry of support from thousands of people all over the world.
via: GettyAfter Donald Trump said that athletes who kneeled during the national anthem were disrespecting the U.S. and its patriotic symbols, the hashtags #TakeAKnee and #TaketheKnee began trending.
And a number of celebrities have voiced their support.
I wrote about why the NFL players' protests are patriotic. https://t.co/hYEWhfJUvU— John Legend (@John Legend)1506277280.0
Stevie Wonder was another iconic figure to show his alliance with Kaepernick.
Even the whole cast of Star Trek: Discovery rallied together to show their support.
And as Super Bowl 2020 took place this Sunday, Kaepernick decided to spend the day in a productive way.
via: Getty ImagesBecause he doesn't have to spend the day playing football anymore, the quarterback decided he would put himself to good use by giving back to the community. He spent the day serving meals and giving clothing to the needy.
The NFL quarterback has announced he's writing a book.
via: GettyThe memoir will be all about his social activism, and why he chose not to kneel.
His demonstration in 2016 got people talking.
via: GettyHis aim was to spread light on police brutality and racial inequality.
Kaepernick Publishing is his new endeavor, with him detailing his experiences in his new book.
#TBT - S/O to @Kaepernick7 @nessnitty and @yourrightscamp for another great day in the community! The Colin Kaepern… https://t.co/2UVxHAyXOl— The Lower Eastside Girls Club (@The Lower Eastside Girls Club)1573146124.0
Kap wants to release an audio version of his book.
Proud to announce our multi-project deal with Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) and @KaepernickPub, including the Onl… https://t.co/VFwypeHB5b— Audible (@Audible)1581595164.0
Kap isn't done with football just yet though, he is still staying in shape in case the game comes calling.
Every attempt by the @NFL to rehabilitate its image among Black viewers will ring hollow as long as Kaepernick is s… https://t.co/xsS6cbXJlQ— Rashad Robinson (@Rashad Robinson)1580687100.0