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Colin Kaepernick Is GQ’s ‘Citizen Of The Year’

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

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Colin Kaepernick Compares Police To Runaway Slave Patrol

Controversial NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick compared United States police officers to runaway slave patrols following the verdict in the Philando Castile case, according to Bleacher Report.

Kaepernick’s social media post matches up with his openly pro-Black Lives Matter stance, which has garnered him considerable criticism from right wing politicians and praise from activists on the left. He has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities, leading Vice to declare him as a more charitable philanthropist than Donald Trump.

The free-agent quarterback posted the following shortly after Castile was shot to death in his car by a police officer as his girlfriend and a child watched:

“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 said to Steve Wyche of NFL.com last August. “To me, this is bigger than football

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