The story of NFL star and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick’s early years is being made right into a documentary.
The six-part series entitled ‘Colin in Black & White’ will probably be proven on streaming service Netflix.
Kaepernick, 32, grew to become a logo within the struggle towards racial injustice when he kneeled in protest throughout the United States nationwide anthem in 2016.
“Too often we see race and black stories portrayed through a white lens,” mentioned Kaepernick.
His ‘take a knee’ gesture has since been used as an indication of protest towards racial inequality by sportspeople throughout the globe, together with lately by Premier League footballers and officers.
Kaepernick will collaborate on the undertaking with director Ava DuVernay, whose Netflix productions When They See Us and 13th, each of which deal with the topic of race within the United States, have been nominated for an Emmy and Academy Award respectively.
The TV series will have a look at Kaepernick’s early life as a black youngster rising up with a white adopted household, and what led him to become the activist he’s at this time.
“We search to give new perspective to the differing realities that black individuals face,” added Kaepernick.
“We discover the racial conflicts I confronted as an adopted black man in a white neighborhood, throughout my highschool years.”
Kaepernick was initially criticised for his determination to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem all through the 2016 season, together with by then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Other gamers joined Kaepernick’s protests, although Kaepernick himself has been and not using a crew since opting out of his 49ers contract initially of the 2017 season.
The motion was given added impetus in current weeks following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests the world over.
In response to the protests, the NFL, which had beforehand banned gamers from dropping to one knee, carried out a U-turn earlier this month and mentioned players should be allowed to protest during the anthem.