In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, many more people are finally starting to understand why Colin Kaepernick protested during the national anthem a few years ago. Kaepernick’s activism against police brutality and racism is now getting more attention, even though his message has always been extremely important. Now, Kaepernick’s organization is getting a massive donation from a famous CEO.
Colin Kaepernick had a successful career with the 49ers
Following a successful career at Nevada, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. He only threw five total passes in his rookie season but became a star in 2012.
Kaepernick played in 13 games and started in seven during the 2012 regular season. He threw for 1,814 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Kaepernick also ran for 415 yards and five touchdowns.
He then continued his success in the postseason. Kaepernick started three playoff games for the 49ers that season and helped lead them to the Super Bowl. The 49ers ultimately lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick, however, threw for 302 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl. He also ran for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Kaepernick then threw for 3,197 yards in 2013 to go with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game that season.
However, despite Kaepernick throwing for a career-high 3,369 yards in 2014, and running for a career-high 639 yards, the 49ers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
Kaepernick started in eight games in 2015, playing in nine total, and he threw for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions. In 2016, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions in 11 starts and 12 total games. The 49ers, however, had a losing record in each of those seasons.
He has not played since the 2016 season.
Standing up against police brutality and racism
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick began a movement when he kneeled during the national anthem.
This was his explanation for it in August 2016.
“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, according to NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick then became a free agent in March 2017, according to NBC News. He has not played since the 2016 season. Many people believe that an NFL team has not signed him because of the controversy surrounding his protests.
Before he took a knee, though, Kaepernick and his partner, Nessa, made a plan and then ultimately launched the Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), according to Paper Magazine. The goal of the camp is to “advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders,” according to the KYRC site.
Now, Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp is getting a massive donation from a famous CEO.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donates millions to Kaepernick’s KYRC
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, announced in April that he was donating $1 billion of his Square equity to COVID-19 relief, according to Business Insider. He created a charity fund called Smart Small LLC. Dorsey also estimated that the fund is around 28% of his total wealth, Business Insider reported.
He also said that after COVID-19 is contained, that his charity will focus on funding girls’ health and education, as well as universal basic income, according to Business Insider.
On Wednesday, Dorsey then announced that he is donating $3 million toward Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. In his tweet, he said it is “to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization to elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
Colin Kaepernick has meant a lot to the fight against racism and police brutality over the years. Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is doing his part in helping make a change in this country.
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