Linda Sarsour Envisions A Day When Colin Kaepernick Is Lauded As American Civil Rights Hero

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour envisioned a future in which Colin Kaepernick is held up as a American Civil Rights hero in GQ’s latest on the former football player.

GQ named Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year” and did an article relying on other activists’ testimonies about the football player. Sarsour, one of the activists interviewed, declared she could see a future where Kaepernick is remembered for his progress in civil rights.

“I always tell Colin: ‘You are an American hero. You may not feel like a hero right now, but one day, people will realize the sacrifices that you made for so many others.’ There might even be a day when we’ll be walking down Colin Kaepernick Boulevard and people will remember what Colin Kaepernick did, just like we remember Muhammad Ali. And I truly believe that in my heart,” Sarsour wrote about the former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback.

Kaepernick began kneeling as the National Anthem played during NFL games to protest what he referred to as America’s systemic oppression of black people and police brutality against black men. His protests sparked a wave of outrage and garnered the attention of President Donald Trump, who declared that the NFL should fire those players who took a knee during the anthem.

Other Women’s March organizers, activists and rappers also defended Kaepernick in GQ’s piece, hailing Kaepernick for being a “hero.”

“And look what happens to him. Had he not done that, this guy would be making millions of dollars right now. Period, point blank. And more important than the money, he was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream,” rapper J.Cole told the magazine.


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