“To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We’re still waiting for the world to catch up.”
She also called out the people who have questioned Kaepernick’s patriotism because of the protest, and have tried to twist his message from being anti-police brutality to anti-military and anti-American.
“It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America,” she said. “So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”
Kaepernick, who has not spoken publicly often this year, expressed his gratitude for the honor, and reinforced his commitment to continue following in Ali’s activist footsteps and fighting to end the systematic oppression of minorities in America, with or without a job as an NFL quarterback. ” I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people, because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.