Earlier this week, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History announced that they will feature several Colin Kaepernick artifacts in an upcoming exhibit. Damion Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, told USA Today
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection. The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum’s larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Even though Kaepernick is not currently singed to a team, his presence in the NFL is inescapable. The regular season hasn’t even started yet and twelve players on the Cleveland Browns already followed his lead by taking a knee
during the national anthem. Right now it looks like NFL analyst Bart Scott’s prediction that Charlottesville would “inspire more athletes” like Kaepernick is coming true.
Of course, the sad reality is that the former 49ers quarterback has clearly been blacklisted by the NFL. Now, Kaepernick may not be the player he once was, but Richard Sherman of the SeaHawks voiced it best earlier this month when he said [via SBNation
“If you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now — whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible — have jobs… the guys not speaking up for [Kaepernick] are doing him a disservice.”
Sherman’s teammate Michael Bennett added: “There are (accused) rapists and drunk drivers in the league – But he’s somebody who didn’t do anything to anybody.”
And his blacklisting has not gone unnoticed. Gerald Griggs, Vice President of the NAACP in Atlanta, recently called for a boycott of the NFL, releasing this statement to the press:
“There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career. This is not a simple request. This is a statement. This is a demand.and if Mr. Kaepernick is not allowed to pursue his career, then on September the 17th, at 5:00, we are going to have the world’s largest tailgate, and that tailgate will not go into Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We will take a knee, and we will continue to take a knee on the NFL until they act with one voice.”
Support for the quarterback seems to be growing. Shaun King of the New York Daily News
also called for an NFL boycott back in June and Rev. Jesse Jackson
was recently filmed calling for teams to “do the right thing” and sign Kaepernick.
With the regular season opener on September 7th looming in the distance, it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.