Kaeper­nick calls for fur­ther protests against racism

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● NFL quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick has called for fur­ther protests against racial in­jus­tice, af­ter he re­ceived a pres­ti­gious award for his con­tri­bu­tions to black his­tory and cul­ture.

Kaeper­nick, who has not played since the 2016 sea­son, was the first player to kneel dur­ing the US na­tional an­them.

Other play­ers fol­lowed suit, lead­ing to crit­i­cism from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

|“It is our duty to fight for them and we’re go­ing to con­tinue to fight for them,” said the 30-year-old.

Re­ceiv­ing the WEB Du Bois Medal from Har­vard Univer­sity, he added: “I feel it’s not only my re­spon­si­bil­ity, but all of our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that as peo­ple who are in po­si­tions of priv­i­lege, in po­si­tions of power, we con­tinue to fight for them, up­lift them, em­power them. If we don’t, we be­come com­plicit in the prob­lem.”

Play­ers who re­fused to stand dur­ing the Star-Span­gled Ban­ner have said the protests were against po­lice bru­tal­ity of African Amer­i­cans and racial inequal­ity.

Kaeper­nick has been without a team since he opted out of his con­tract with the San Fran­cisco 49ers in March 2017.

He has filed a grievance against NFL team own­ers he claims con­spired not to hire him be­cause of his protests and has be­come the face of a new Nike ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign. — bbc.com

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Colin Kaeper­nick, No 7, has been without a club since opt­ing out of his con­tract with the San Fran­cisco 49ers in 2017.

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