Colin Kaepernick is GQ‘s Citizen of the Year. The magazine put the former football player on the cover to celebrate his sparking a movement. Kaepernick famously inspired athletes, celebrities and others to “take the knee” when he protested the national anthem as a way to spotlight the issue of police brutality.
As part of the story, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback helped assemble a ten-person team of his closest confidants including rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay and activist Harry Belafonte to discuss activism, protest, and equality. The publication points to his social activism as part of a long history that includes Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson.
“I see what he’s done as art. I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist. A lot of people excel at creativity—making TV, movies, painting, writing books—but you can be an artist in your own life. Civil rights activists are artists,” shared Duernay, the