Colin Kaepernick Is Being About It – Will Donate 1st $1 Million Of Salary To Community Causes

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Colin Kaepernick (the biracial football player who has been making a lot of headlines lately for his activism – yes, we call it activism) seems to be a good guy, and we are proud of him for standing up for what he believes – it is his right.  He has been called every racist name in the book (it is funny how people show their true color when they feel that someone is going against the grain, and that is what Kaepernick is doing) for his protest of the national anthem. Of course, it is bigger than the national anthem, as Kaepernick is being a voice for those who have none.

The San Francisco 49er is putting his money where it counts, as he told the media on Thursday evening following a San Francisco 49ers preseason victory game over the San Francisco Chargers, that he will be donating the first $1 million of his 2016 salary to a variety of community organizations.  He is not just talking about it, but being about it.

He said he has been speaking with various organizations to move this beyond the why of the protest, and into the underlying issues of the protests. This will include working in communities in need, and effecting change as much as he can. Charles Robinson posted an article shortly after the game talking about the potential pivot we might see on this. It reads like someone who has spoken to sources close to Kaepernick. It’s a good read.Kaepernick and free safety Eric Reid chose to take a knee during the National Anthem. Kaepernick was seen applauding military families when they were recognized during the game, and also standing and applauding for God Bless America. After the game, Kaepernick and Reid both talked about what led to kneeling instead of sitting. They both met with former Green Beret and long snapper Nate Boyer, and they spoke with him about ways to maintain their protest while also making it clear they support the military. The kneel was a compromise of sorts to clear that up.

There were numerous questions as to whether this was a distraction for Kaepernick, and for the team. Kaepernick made it clear he is maintaining focus on football, working “10, 11, 12 hours a day” with football. He talked about the meetings and discussions he and his teammates have had about the underlying issues behind the protest. I imagine not everybody is on board with the protest, but it feels like there is some semblance of unity within the team.

 

Kaepernick’s post-game press conference will likely be available on the 49ers video page at some point. I highly recommend giving it a watch. I’m guessing ESPN and NFL Network will show some clips from it, but I highly recommend watching the whole thing once it is available. It is a fascinating Q&A session. Source

Kaepernick recently received flak from his biological mother, Heidi Russo, from of all places, Twitter. She gave him up for adoption when she was 19-year-old, and we are happy that she did because she does not seem to have the motherly instinct or wit that it would take to raise a productive citizen (we hope she is a better mother to her children she chose to keep).

With a mother like this, who needs an enemy.  She actually believes that she is ‘schooling’ him in life lessons, but there is a time and place for that, and any decent ‘mother’ would not have done that via social media (oh, that is right, Kaepernick likely wants nothing to do with her, so she likely doesn’t have his phone number).

Anyway, good job Colin, good job!

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