In homage to all of Colin Kaepernick's work for social equality, Ben and Jerry's have released an all-new ice cream flavor dedicated to him.
He's given it all up to be where he is today...Colin Kaepernick famously sacrificed his career as a successful NFL player in order to fight for what he believes is right.
Ben and Jerry's have decided to honor his legacy in the best way...With his own ice cream flavor, of course! You'll want to see this one, ladies and gentlemen. Keep scrolling to have a look...
Now, Kaepernick's movement all started with taking "The Knee."
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.
via: GettySpeaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's a 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."
He constantly emphasized that 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, however, wasn't so 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 were 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.
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0