Colin Kaepernick‘s impact is spreading as wide as that now signature afro.
“Sadly there are Black folks going through the same radicalized injustice(s) within the justice system that Meek Mill has experienced for over a decade EVERY SINGLE DAY,” he tweeted. “This requires more than just gradual reform in laws — It requires a swift overhaul.”
Seemingly every night Jay-Z takes the stage on his 4:44 Tour, he uses it as a platform to reclaim the narrative as to why Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem before the quarterback’s NFL team took the field.
(“It’s not about the flag,” he told a Miami audience over the weekend. “It’s about justice. It’s about injustice. And that’s not a black or white thing. It’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way).
And on newsstands now, GQ magazine has declared him Citizen of the Year: “He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” the GQ editors explain in the cover article’s introduction. “But Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”
It almost goes without saying – but Jarard J did: “His support is huge.”