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GQ Names Colin Kaepernick 'Citizen of the Year'

13 November, 2017, 18:49 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Gentleman's Quarterly magazine has dubbed the controversial Colin Kaepernick 'citizen of the year'. The editors wrote that his act of kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality earned him the honor.

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. And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves-blackballed-because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem.

Kaepernick took place in a photoshoot, as well.

The signal caller, who has been surrounded by controversy over the course of the past year, initially caused a stir when he kneeled during the national anthem last season while with the 49ers. Why speak now, when silence has done so much? But amid his collusion lawsuit against the league (which some speculated might permanently kill his career), it appears he's at peace serving as a famous advocate for the movement. "This was work. This is work that he's doing". Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is "the greatest reward" he could ask for. Kaepernick has leveraged that platform into delivering a message that has been impossible for any American to ignore.

Kaepernick collaborated with the magazine for a photo shoot in New York City's Harlem neighborhood ― where, GQ notes, Muhammad Ali once marched with the Nation of Islam in protest of the Vietnam War.



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