Colin Kaepernick Writing Memoir on National Anthem Protest | 22 Words

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 Images

Kaepernick, 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: CNN

In 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.

Speaking in 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 later said that he "couldn't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." He opted for kneeling over sitting, however, as a sign of respect for the men and women who fight for the United States.

Kaepernick's actions inspired others...

His teammate, Eric Reid, soon began to kneel beside him, alongside other teammates such as Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt, and Rashard Robinson.

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.

After Kaepernick's attorney stated that "athletes who protest peacefully should not be punished", public backlash mounted until team owners declared that all team personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

This announcement caused even more outrage...

If any team members where caught kneeling during the anthem, the team would be fined and the decision would be upon the team leader whether or not they punish that particular player. This did not sit well with the players, nor did it with the rest of America.

Kaepernick was used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign...

For the thirtieth anniversary of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign in September 2018, Colin Kaepernick was used as the frontman of the global phenomenon, along with the headline: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.

The "sacrifice" is clearly in reference to his kneeling protests that resulted in him not being able to participate in the sport anymore. The fact that Nike used his image and beliefs to promote their brand is a huge step forward for the rights of black Americans and the racial injustices that still go on to this very day.

And he has had had a flurry of support from thousands of people all over the world.

via: Getty

After 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.

Musician John Legend penned his own op-ed for Slate, titled “The NFL Protests Are Patriotic." In his piece, Legend called out Trump for suppressing voter rights and talked about important protests in history.

Stevie Wonder was another iconic figure to show his alliance with Kaepernick.

The music legend performed at the Global Citizens Festival in New York in September 2017. And he had the following to say in support of Kaepernick and the other NFL players... “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America," Wonder said, kneeling down arm in arm with his son, Kwame Morris. “But not just one knee — I’m taking both knees."

Even the whole cast of Star Trek: Discovery rallied together to show their support.

And actress, Sonequa Martin-Green, shared a photo on her Instagram of the team all kneeling on their knees with the hashtag, #takeaknee.

And as Super Bowl 2020 took place this Sunday, Kaepernick decided to spend the day in a productive way.

via: Getty Images

Because 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: Getty

The memoir will be all about his social activism, and why he chose not to kneel.

His demonstration in 2016 got people talking.

via: Getty

His 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.

Kap says: "My protest was the culmination of years of thought and experiences, of learning and unlearning,"

Kap wants to release an audio version of his book.

He's even teaming up with Audible! "I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action."

Kap isn't done with football just yet though, he is still staying in shape in case the game comes calling.

He said: "I am excited that through this groundbreaking partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and Audible, we can elevate black and brown voices who can empower future generations." We wish him well for his new adventure.