The Colin Kaepernick controversy is sweeping the nation. Whether you think Kaepernick’s actions are right or wrong, it’s obvious that he is making a difference in reaching social justice. Now, it seems like his team is pitching in as well.
According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the San Francisco 49ers will be donating $1 million to two social justice groups. The money will be used for fixing racial, social and economic issues. This donation is not tied with Kaepernick’s donation of his entire salary to fix racial issues.
This all started when Kaepernick decided to sit during the National Anthem. He expressed his opinions on the way black people are treated in an interview with NFL.com:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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 street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Even though he has received a lot of hate, he has also attracted some “followers”, if you will. The entire Seattle Seahawks team is planning on sitting during the playing of the Anthem this week. Given the large scale of this protest, more players are bound to join in as well.
Kaepernick’s movement may be controversial, but one thing’s for sure: he wants an end to racial discrimination.