Friday, 17 November, 2017

Colin Kaepernick named GQ Citizen of the Year

An independent arbitrator will hear Colin Kaepernick’s case.     GETTY IMAGES An independent arbitrator will hear Colin Kaepernick’s case. GETTY IMAGES
Rita Gibson | 13 November, 2017, 18:49

The free-agent quarterback has been embroiled in controversy since he started to protest police brutality of the African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem while a member of the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 season.

He was featured on the cover of GQ back in 2013 during the height of his career, but he remains without a team this season - a situation many claim to be the result of his protest.

Colin Kaepernick is GQ's "Citizen of the Year".

"He knelt during the playing of our national anthem".

Kaepernick has been on the cover of GQ before, but for his athletic skill.

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GQ named Kaepernick its "Citizen of the Year" and did an article relying on other activists' testimonies about the football player.

The signal caller, who has been surrounded by controversy over the course of the previous year, initially caused a stir when he kneeled during the national anthem last season while with the 49ers. "In our many conversations with Colin about this project, we discussed the history of athletes and civil rights, and the indelible moments it called to mind, and we decided that we'd use photography - the power of imagery and iconography - to do the talking". "At the same time, Colin is all too aware that silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn't get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him".

"Had (Kaepernick not taken a knee), this guy would be making millions of dollars right now".

"I see what he's done as art. This was work. This is work that he's doing".

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