Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is yet again in the headlines, but this time it isn’t for ticking off the entire country with an act of disrespect aimed at our flag and freedom.
It’s actually much, much worse.
Kaepernick has decided to expand on his previous political activism, moving on from his once sole focus on combatting police brutality, to encompassing a wide variety of progressive issues, using his charity as a vehicle to make his voice heard and influence the culture at large.
His biggest claim to fame however is still the whole “take a knee” nonsense during the National Anthem, a movement that has now spread far and wide across the NFL, though the more players participate in it, the more damage it does to the sport. Viewers are tuning out in record numbers, making advertisers and investors incredibly nervous about those once plump and juicy profit margins.
But now Kapernick’s foundation has decided to start tossing large sums of money at a group dedicated to a convicted cop-killer. And here we didn’t think this guy could possibly get any more classless.
via The Washington Times:
The Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated in April $25,000 to Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago “direct action” resistance organization honoring Assata Shakur, who escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being found guilty in the 1973 murder of Officer Werner Foerster.
The grant includes $2,500 for CopWatch, a program that trains volunteers to follow and video police, and $15,000 for teen training, part of the group’s commitment to “develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata.”
Apparently Mr. Kaepernick is also a fan: He retweeted a July 16 message wishing Shakur a happy birthday.
The contribution came as part of Mr. Kaepernick’s pledge last year to donate $1 million over 10 months to “organizations working in oppressed communities.”
So far he has given $900,000 in grants to 31 organizations, including apolitical services like Meals on Wheels as well as advocacy groups pushing a left-of-center agenda on issues like abortion, climate change, criminal-justice reform and immigration.
Contributions include $25,000 for 350.org, a climate-change group dedicated to fighting fossil fuels, and $25,000 for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a pro-choice advocacy organization.
It doesn’t stop there either. Kaepernick also threw some cash — like $50,000 — at a “health clinic partnership” that was dedicated to fighting against the Dakota pipeline, along with another $25,000 for United We Dream, an organization that is working to preserve DACA.
Seems the former quarterback is keeping himself busy, right?
How despicable is it to support a group that is associated with a known cop killer? How does that help the cause of Black Lives Matter? Doesn’t it more or less affirm everything that most people already think and belief about the group?
This is a radical agenda he’s backing, and it seems pretty clear he has no intention of stopping or slowing down anytime soon. Guess he’s trading in his cleets for protest signs.
One has to wonder how much more damage he’s going to end up inflicting on the sport of professional football before it’s all said and done.