Colin Kaepernick Receives Award, Refers to Police Killings of People of Color as ‘Lawful Lynchings’ (VIDEO)
If teams didn’t know where Colin Kaepernick stood since being out of the league since March 2016, they were reminded over the weekend when hr accepted the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award as the human rights organization acknowledged his kneeling protests of racial injustice that launched a sports movement.
He confronted racial injustice.
He refused to compromise.
He inspired others.
— AmnestyInternational (@amnestyusa) April 21, 2018
During his acceptance speech, the free agent quarterback raised a few eyebrows when he described police killings of African-Americans and Latinos in the U.S. as “lawful lynchings.”
“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,” Kaepernick said.
During his speech, he defended his decision to stage his protests during the playing of the national anthem.
“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?” he said in the Dutch capital.
Colin Kaepernick defends NFL anthem protests while accepting Amnesty International award pic.twitter.com/9ktNId5TIX
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 22, 2018