Imagine being unemployed and sticking to your commitment of donating $1 Million. Colin Kaepernick is doing just that and is clearly the American Hero we need — he kneels so he can take a stand for the country he loves and all of the people in it.
While folks are still upset at him for taking a knee during the National Anthem in protest of racial inequality, Kaepernick has done more for his Country and community than most Americans.
The former 49ers quarterback had committed to donate $1 Million over the course of 10 months to a variety of charities and he continues to put his money where his mouth is. Kaepernick posted a quick video montage of him giving away over $700,000 and still has $300,000 to go. Appropriately playing Joey Bada$$ For My People as the background music.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 1, 2017
Meanwhile Kaepernick has yet to be signed to a new team after opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract back in March, many are claiming that he is being blacklisted due to his political activism.
Former team mate Eli Harold who participated in taking a knee during the National Anthem protest told ESPN “It’s frustrating for me because I really think it has everything to do with the protest that he did. Some general managers and owners are scared to touch him simply because they’re scared to lose revenue, money. We all know he’s better than some of these guys that went in free agency but that’s neither here nor there.”
“I really feel like the world took a step forward in seeing the protest, but it shows you that we really, honestly, in the NFL, in the football realm, in the professional world, we didn’t take a step forward because he’s still not employed. I feel like it’s bigger than what he did, it’s bigger than football. … He’s a good quarterback. You go back and look at the numbers; he had a pretty good season for the games he played. So he’ll be signed.”
Its sad to believe that someone who has so valiantly fought for peoples rights and equality would be blacklisted for exercising his Constitutional right, but its seems to come in stride for Kaepernick, who’s Instagram account is a testament to civil rights heroes, clearly an inspiration for the quarterback.
The Million Dollar Pledge is still going strong! This month I donated $100k to these organizations fighting oppression and uplifting our communities: Assata’s Daughters, Grassroots Leadership, American Friends Committee and Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure (HOME), Inc. Three more months to go til I complete my Million Dollar Pledge. See where all the donations have gone on www.kaepernick7.com