Colin Kaepernick Has Done More for the 99 Percent Than the President of the United States

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Other than keeping the few black and brown workers at KFC busy filling his order for a bucket of chicken and employing the once-great-and-now-fallen Dr. Ben Carson, what has President Supremacy von AgentOrangeFace done for black America—or, more importantly, for the black America that isn’t among the 1 percent?


I’m actually not being facetious here; please tell me one thing that the president has done for anyone whose ancestors aren’t directly linked to Norway. Currently, videos are being posted on social media of families being torn apart because of technicalities surrounding their immigration, and this heartless blob of KFC Original Recipe—which might be the worst kind of KFC chicken to eat, even in a pinch—could care less.

I can tell you one person who isn’t eating that soggy-ass chicken: Colin Kaepernick.

Using his NFL platform to bring awareness to social justice issues, Kaepernick kneeled as the national anthem played before games during what will probably turn out to be his final season in the NFL.

Since being “whiteballed” from the NFL, Kaepernick has continued his advocacy, and on Wednesday, he announced that he would name 10 beneficiaries to receive the final $100,000 of his $1 million pledge to charity.

So, for all of those who claimed that Kaepernick’s protest was just hot air, STFU. Not only did he donate $1 million of his own money, but he did this while unemployed. It isn’t likely that Kaepernick will be receiving endorsement deals. It doesn’t look like there’s a job on the horizon, and yet he’s put his money where his mouth is. Not to mention, Kaepernick is using his celebrity cachet to encourage other famous folks to match his donation.

Here’s how ESPN breaks down the donations:

The first charity announced was Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community organization in San Jose and Northern California’s South Bay that benefits youth, immigrants and low-wage workers. The match to Kaepernick’s $10,000 comes courtesy of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

The $20,000 total will go toward travel stipends for families to visit their loved ones in prison; raising awareness of a campaign for a law that would increase protections to young people in prison; funding pretrial release for those who can’t make bail; and supporting initiatives that seek to end bail.

Since October 2016, Kaepernick has donated to more than 30 charitable recipients ranging from Mothers Against Police Brutality to the I Will Not Die Young Campaign. His donations have been earmarked for everything from clothing for the needy to caskets for the dead.


According to ESPN, Kaepernick made $12.3 million in 2016, which may sadly turn out to be his final year in the NFL. In October, Kaepernick filed a lawsuit alleging collusion among league owners to keep him off the field.

But tell me again, 53 percent of white women who voted against their self-interests to nominate the racist in chief, about how Kaepernick’s kneeling was un-American, after he’s done more than the U.S. president for the 99 percent of us who don’t benefit from the president’s tax break for the wealthy.


Read more at ESPN.

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