For the past six games, Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand, but instead take a knee, during the National Anthem has placed him at the center of controversy. Yet it hasn’t stopped Kaepernick’s non-violent protest, or him from speaking out about social injustices.
On Tuesday, (Sept. 20) as many saw footage of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher be shot and killed on a Tulsa, Oklahoma road by a white police officer, the 28-year-old quarterback didn’t hold back his feelings about the killing.
“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being,” Kaepernick said. “… That’s not right. And they should be in prison for that.” While speaking with the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick also spoke on the death threats he’s received since he began his protest, which have come from a few “different avenues” including social media.”
“There’s a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country,” Kaepernick said. “People don’t like to address that, and they don’t like to address what the root of this protest is.”
During the interview, Kaepernick spoke about his $1 million donation to charities aimed at creating social change and justice, and the website he’s setting up that allows the public to track how the money is spent.
“Everyone will be able to see exactly what organizations the money’s going to, and also making sure we get an itemized list from the organizations of what they’re spending the money on,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “To make sure not only that I’m transparent in what I’m doing but that these organizations are transparent with where the money is going as well.”