Colin Kaepernick has faded from the headlines, as he sits at home unemployed and unemployable, thanks to a sub-par final season on the field and some anti-American activities on the sidelines.
That doesn’t mean that the liberal left isn’t ready to stop lauding him as some sort of hero for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial inequality. His actions alienated millions of football fans and countless more military families.
In the eyes of America’s public school teachers, however, Kaepernick is a role model to be admired and feted. That is why the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teacher union, chose Kaepernick over dozens of better candidates to receive their President’s Award for his work on civil rights. They specifically cite his #TakeAKnee protests during the National Anthem as the focus of their honor.
Kaepernick was one of several to receive an award. Also honored were Michelle Obama, a group called “Vermont’s Muslim Girls Making Change” (which fights Islamophobia), and LGBTQ activist Chris Sgro.
In presenting the awards, the president of the NEA said Kaepernick and the others showed “remarkable courage and conviction” in fighting for racial justice.
This isn’t the only award he’s been given recently. Last year, Sports Illustrated gave him their Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for his protests.
Colin Kaepernick has received the civil rights award from the National Education Association (NEA) for his ‘profound non-violent statement about the treatment of black people’ in America that started two years ago.
Kaepernick, 30, was given the NEA’s President’s Award on Sunday for the movement he started in 2016, when he sat during the National Anthem at a San Francisco 49ers pre-season football game before sparking the #TakeAKnee campaign.
‘To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the streets,’ Kaepernick told the association during an interview.
Congrats! Former San Francisco 49er quarterback @Kaepernick7 received NEA’s highest honor, the NEA President’s Award, for his work to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism @YourRightsCamp @Lily_NEA #NEARA2018 #EdJustice2018 https://t.co/5vZvVNEYfu
— NEA Public Relations (@NEAMedia) July 2, 2018
Dozens of football players followed Kaepernick’s lead and took a knee during the National Anthem, despite being criticized by President Donald Trump and his supporters.
But in May, the NFL rolled out a new policy that penalizes football players who take a knee during the anthem. Teams will be fined for any player who kneels while the anthem is being played.
During the movement, Kaepernick jeopardized his career and endorsements and was let go by the 49ers after the 2016 season. He is currently a free agent.
Since then, the former NFL star turned social justice warrior, has continued to be a voice and a civil rights leader for the African-American community.
He created The Colin Kaepernick Foundation; which fights oppression through education and social activism.
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