Over the weekend, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was awarded Amnesty International‘s highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, for his protests against racial injustice. The title “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice” and stated Kaepernick “chooses to speak out and inspire others despite the professional and personal risks”.
During his acceptance speech, Kaepernick stated, “While taking a knee is a physical display that challenges the merits of who is excluded from the notion of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, the protest is also rooted in a convergence of my moralistic beliefs, and my love for the people.” Kaepernick has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017.
We are honored to present this year’s #AmbassadorOfConscience Award to Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7). Colin embodies the true spirit of activism. Thank you, Colin, for refusing to accept racial discrimination and injustice. pic.twitter.com/T9x6MP9unA— AmnestyInternational (@amnestyusa) April 21, 2018