Colin Kaepernick (30), is a man to be reckoned with for his dogged belief in police brutality-a word that has become so sensitive in America. He got the world’s attention in a simple gesture by taking down one knee which has since cost him his career as an American footballer.
Taking down one knee especially when the American anthem is on, is regarded as an offence to the nation. It’s a form of silent protest against what the anthem stands for. Since last year, this practice has become widespread especially among black Americans against police brutality to the race. They have had even reputable black celebrities “take down one knee” for that cause.
Not only is almost every black American getting this done, they are protesting for Collin’s “freedom of speech” and getting him back to the football fields. Now, Colin scores one more point by being GQ’s man of the year/the citizen of the year for that action.
GQ magazine is a reputable publication which focuses on men’s fashion. lifestyle and culture and based in New York. They have given Colin a chance to grace the cover of the magazine and now more than ever, Colin’s voice would be heard.
According to GQ, though Colin Kaepernick continues his silent protest, he agreed to collaborate with GQ on a special project for our December Men of the Year issue in an effort to, as the piece explains, “reclaim the narrative of his protest.” He helped us assemble a ten-person team of his closest confidants—including rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay, activist Harry Belafonte, and Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour—to speak on the subjects of activism, protest, and equality, and to offer some rare insights into Colin Kaepernick himself.