‘GQ’ has named Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year for 2017, and his fans are going after anyone who may have a problem with the decision!
Colin Kaepernick was the first athlete to kneel during the National Anthem to fight oppression and racial injustice in 2016, specifically in the form of police brutality, and now, GQ has named him Citizen of the Year for his activism. This year, dozens of other players have joined in Colin’s movement of protest. However, the quarterback himself was never picked up from another team after becoming a free agent in 2017, and many believe its because of his protests and how he portrays his political viewpoints. Colin has not commented on his free agency or the polarizing response, and continued the silence by intentionally not commenting for GQ’s story. Instead, his “closest confidants” were interviewed for the piece.
As was the case when Colin protested the National Anthem last year, there has been a majorly mixed response to the decision to name him Citizen of the Year. The haters pointed out that Colin is currently “unemployed” and that his protests took place in 2016, not 2017. However, supporters fired back that Colin’s influence was seen this football season more than ever, and that his decision to kneel continued to affect his career in 2017. “People like Colin Kaepernick, who make a major sacrifice in order to stand up for equal rights, will NEVER be judged poorly in the chronicles of history,” one person wrote. “GQ clearly understands this as they name him Citizen of the Year.”
Another added, “Colin Kaepernick truly deserves that Citizen of the Year title. Dude made a sacrifice that very few of us would be willing to make.” See more fan support for Colin in response to the haters.
GQ named a man who risked his career to speak out against the injustices that people of color face in our society its “Citizen of the Year.” Colin Kaepernick took a knee for us & we stand with him.✊🏽
— Simar (@sahluwal) November 13, 2017
Colin Kaepernick deserves to be citizen of the year.
When he took a knee, he didn't ask, "What will happen to me and my career?"
People say, "Oh I can't protest, what will my boss say?"
"I cant come, I have to focus on my grades"
Don't just praise like Colin.
Live like him
— #TrumpPenceMustGo (@RefuseFascism) November 13, 2017
Colin Kaepernick took a stand (by taking a knee) in the face of injustice! GQ did the right thing by making him "Citizen of the Year".
We stand with you Kaep!
— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) November 13, 2017
I know there's some confusion, so let me clarify. It was never about the flag, our soldiers, our anthem. Instead of doing nothing in the face of social injustice, Colin Kaepernick took a stand (by taking a knee). I salute him, and GQ for recognizing him as Citizen of the Year!
— Brandon Besserer (@BrandonBesserer) November 13, 2017
Kaep haters when they found out he got Citizen of the Year for 2017 pic.twitter.com/Zl3Lrj8awC
— DKT (@darleneturner53) November 13, 2017
HollywoodLifers, do you think Colin was the right pick for Citizen of the Year?