Colin Kaepernick is no longer just a talented quarterback with a questionable future in the NFL. He’s now an avatar for America’s conflicting and often contradictory ideas on race, protest, and patriotism. Happily, much of the more recent discussion surrounding Kaep’s kneeling protest of the national anthem has been from other athletes announcing their solidarity.
What’s more, many Americans have responded with support for Colin’s protest by buying his jersey more than any other player’s, turning it into a truly rare form of political consumerism. Who would have thought that an NFL jersey could be a symbol for activism? Of course, there’s one problem with that form — it still puts money in the hands of the NFL itself, which as an organization tends to conflate patriotism with pageantry.
But Kaepernick has seen the problem with this trend, and once again has decided to step up and put his money where his mouth is: