Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine's citizen of the year

Kristopher Love | 13 November, 2017, 18:51

Kaepernick began a movement a year ago when he kneeled during the national anthem before a game as a way of peacefully protesting injustice toward minorities in the United States.

He was featured on the cover of GQ back in 2013 during the height of his career, but he remains without a team this season - a situation many claim to be the result of his protest.

"Approximately 90 men are now employed as quarterbacks in the National Football League, as either starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is better - indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better - than at least 70 of them".

"That's why we chose to photograph Colin in public, in Harlem, among the men, women, and children he is fighting for", the magazine's editors write. "At the same time, Colin is all too aware that silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn't get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him".

Kaepernick took place in a photoshoot, as well. Not as progressive action.

That's an important bit of labeling. Sarsour, one of the activists interviewed, declared she could see a future where Kaepernick is remembered for his progress in civil rights.

We don't typically think of famous pro athletes as citizens: They are, but they also live on a weird plane of existence separate from our own.

In Kaepernick's cover story, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced", GQ editors write that the free-agent quarterback wanted to contribute to the article and helped connect the magazine with 10 of his friends and confidants.