Colin Kaepernick’s stance on social injustice has been occurring for longer than anyone realised.
Prior to sitting down during the national anthem during a San Francisco 49ers preseason game, Kaepernick had also been posting about social injustice on Instagram for several months.
The latest discovery is a small, but not-insignificant message Kaepernick made in practice on August 10, when he wore socks that depicted police officers as cartoon pigs.
It seems to have gone almost completely unnoticed until recently.
A closer look in this photo, where he was stretching next to fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group tweeted a picture of Kaepernick that day, and the socks can also been seen:
Kaepernick has spoken openly about his protest and noted that police brutality is a problem in the US.
“There’s a lot of things that need to change,” Kaepernick said (via the San Francisco Chronicle). “One specifically? Police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right.”
Kaepernick also said that police need to be trained longer.
Many have not approved of Kaepernick’s statements. In a letter, Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran said that Kaepernick had “embarrassed himself, the 49ers organisations and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”
Kaepernick has said he plans to continue sitting during the national anthem and is working on other projects to shed light on social injustice. The move has rankled NFL executives, many of whom reportedly believe that Kaepernick’s stance could lead to the end of his career.
Kaepernick is expected to play in the 49ers’ final preseason game on Thursday night.
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