Colin Kaepernick’s controversy surrounding his National Anthem protest is about to make heads turn! The NFL star covers ‘Time’ mag, which is set to hit stands Oct. 3. The issue is reported to include multiple stories about Colin and other football players who’ve joined in on the protest! The piece is set to feature why ‘we must understand’ what he is doing!
Colin Kaepernick, 28, is a man of his word. The NFL star continues to kneel for what he believes in on the October cover of Time magazine. They tweeted a short video Sept. 22, teasing the new cover. In the video, an American flag is waving as Colin’s photo appears with the National Anthem playing in the background. Time included a small message in their Twitter announcement, revealing that the issue will explain “how” his protests are “fueling a debate.”
According to the mag, the piece will feature an essay from John McWhorter, an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and his protest. In the essay, John writes, ” The idea that Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem is unpatriotic fails doubly: first, in a mistaken notion of what real patriotism is, and second in missing a larger point.” He defends Colin in a portion of the essay saying, “To tar him as a traitor to the nation is as flimsy as calling a white person a racist for wearing dreadlocks.”
The “larger point” John refers to (mentioned above) is explained in part of the feature teased by the mag. He pens, “We must understand what Kaepernick is protesting.” Then, explains why: “The tension between black people and the cops is not just one more race issue roiling the nation: it is the key one. It is the central cause of black people’s sense of general alienation, the first thing that comes up when you ask black people why they think racism defines their lives. It was what the Panthers were all about, what gangsta rap was all about, what the O.J. Simpson vigilante-justice verdict was all about, and it’s no accident that today’s most prominent civil rights effort, Black Lives Matter, began as a protest against the cops. The sense of the cops’ authority as illegitimate only makes it easier for underserved black men to seek employment on the black market of drug sales. The cop issue helps destroy black communities.”
Colin sparked a heated back-and-forth dispute between fans, other NFL players and many more people when he refused to stand during the National Anthem at a 49ers preseason game on Aug. 26. After the game, he told media, “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” He has since received mixed reactions from the racial protest. Some players have sided with him, refusing to stand during the National Anthem, while others have stood up raising their arm in the air. Fans have taken to the internet to bash Colin, even burning his jersey, as others have backed him up.
One thing is for sure, (no matter what your opinion may be), Colin’s actions have sparked a conversation for both sides. HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Colin’s cover? Tell us in the comments below!