Former 49-ers player Colin Kaepernick has been award GQ magazine’s highest honor. That’s right GQ’s 2017 “Citizen of the Year” is none other than the “the man who became the movement,” sources report. The magazine made the announcement by writing: “Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act — kneeling during the national anthem — changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.”
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 13, 2017
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem before games. He said he was protesting police brutality and racial injustice. That was in 2016 and still a year later, teams are protesting in the same way. What’s more, some NFL team owners have joined their players in protest by locking arms during the anthem in a display of unity.
Trump gave the issue a lot of attention by turning the protest into a racially divided one. The President proceeded to refer to players who protested as “sons of b—–es” and called for them to be fired. However, the NFL disagreed with Trump and said they supported the players’ right to express themselves. Trump has continued to attack the NFL over their condoning the protests.
What’s more, earlier this year, Kaepernick signed a book deal worth just more than $1 million. So it looks like Trump did nothing but escalate this situation so it got enough media attention to really take off. Now Kaepernick is getting the recognition he deserves for being so brave.