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Colin Kaepernick’s Jersey To Be Featured at The Smithsonian Museum
Colin Kaepernick is still currently unemployed as he awaits for just one team to contact him, but none of that has stopped the Smithsonian from immortalizing him in their museum.
The former San Francisco 49ers QB’s protest against police brutality and racial inequality is making so much history that Harry Edwards, a prominent sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley, urged the Smithsonian to feature Kaepernick in a display after his National Anthem protest made waves last year.
USA Today has the details:
“Late last year, not long after the museum opened, Edwards donated a collection of items relating to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and urged curators to, well, put them on exhibit, ASAP.
“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’ ” Edwards told USA TODAY Sports. “ ‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.’ ”
The Kaepernick items are not currently on display, but the museum’s curator of sports, Damion Thomas, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday that he expects new material in their collection will be rotated into exhibits in one to two years.”
Edwards gave props to Kaepernick for opening up a dialogue about race relations in this country, much like Muhammad Ali did.
“Ali created a conversation,” Edwards said. “The conversation was going on at lower frequencies, but when the world champion steps forward and says, ‘No Viet Cong ever called me a (expletive), and we have some issue we need to deal with here, not over there in a war that makes no sense,’ it moved the discussion to another level.
“The same thing with Kaepernick. He sparked a national conversation about race.”