Kaepernick Gets Amnesty International Award For 'Courageous' Acts Of Disrespect

Former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick says that he's fighting human rights violations.

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick said that police killings of black people were “lawful lynchings” as he accepted the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International on Saturday.

Amnesty International gave Kaepernick the award for his kneeling during the national anthem in NFL games before he quit the NFL, according to ESPN.

"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, according to ESPN.

Free agent Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during the ceremony in Amsterdam. Kaepernick and Reid were two of the most high profile players participating in the national anthem protests.

Neither player has been signed by any NFL teams since they quit to become free agents.

While many insist that kneeling has nothing to do with the national anthem, Kaepernick clarified.

"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?" Kaepernick said at the April 21 award ceremony, according to ESPN.

Amnesty International gives its award each year to a person or organization that is dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others, according to ESPN.

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty said Kaepernick was "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination," according to ESPN.

Previous winners of the award include Nelson Mandela, who campaigned against apartheid in South Africa.

"In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force," Kaepernick said, according to ESPN.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Kap continuing to piss y'all off.

Marxest
Marxest

Kaepernick is a law abiding citizen. He's not some hate monger advocating death and murder. Lol. A organization decided his cause was with merit and he won an award for bringing attention to legitimate issues. He has been persecuted for his beliefs and he has stood by them. Of course they are many who take issue with him and angry attack and villify him. Even though they're others who deserve attacks even more. You disagree with Kaepernick and want him to go away, don't write or read articles about him.

SheilaW
SheilaW

Racism is kept alive by people using it as an excuse to do what they want with no consequences ...

SheilaW
SheilaW

People now days don't even know what oppression is, much less are subjected to it !!!

Mrs10
Mrs10

That he could be given the same award as Nelson Mandela is a travesty. Mandela spent YEARS of his life as a prisoner, and actually FOUGHT against the injustice around him. All Koepernick did was throw a ball and take a knee. Sad times we live in!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10
Well, he stood by what he believed in at the cost of his career, and continues to piss you off, just like people were pissed off at MLK, Malcolm X, or Mandela. You would have been against all of those gentlemen, just as you are against Kaepernick.

I'd say he's doing a solid job, based on your comment.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

We are doomed.

61mouse
61mouse

Nope I think it's funny he can't find a job in the NFL . And the award means NOT a damn thing from another country .....so him and Reid can suck each other,but his Muslim faith won't allow it . Maybe that's why he so pissed he can't get back in the NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE

LumberFlip
LumberFlip

Well that would make you Randy's Bitch.

FSchloss
FSchloss

What this really boils down to is that Kaepernick is a quarterback with limited capability and poor accuracy. The baggage he brings to the sport far outweighs his ability to make a real contribution to any team. At best, he's a fair backup to the second string quarterback. Since he has more problems to offer than he has skills to offer, no one wants him. Remember, football is a very expensive game, but not a political podium. Ergo, he has no job and is reduced to showing up on the fifth and sixth pages of various newspapers on occasion.

Mrs10
Mrs10

What I said was that he didn’t belong in the same category as Mandela.
Potential loss (or actual) of a JOB certainly doesn’t equate the same potential loss (or actual ) loss of LIFE (and/or freedom like Mandela). And now that you’ve mentioned them, he doesn’t belong in the same category as MLK or MalcolmX either!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10
Sure he does. Your amount of sacrifice has no bearing on the good you're trying to create, as long as you create it.

Mrs10
Mrs10

And what “good” was created (actual change as opposed to merely calling out something he perceived as wrong or bad)? Did taking that knee free anyone from what he saw as oppression? Has he been willing to take an ACTIVE and ACTUAL risk? Losing a job is a relative thing to the losses (potential and realized) of the others. The others are remembered because they AFFECTED change at deep personal risk/loss, while he, again, simply pointed to what he saw as a problem.

Maybe he will get off the knee and DO SOMETHING with all his new free time!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10
You mean what good is still being created? You don't finish movements with one action. He has a large platform and is using it for the right reasons. Isn't that what clowns like you say about celebrities? That they should use their platforms for good? It's still good just because you yourself doesn't agree with it.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I’ve actively refrained from giving my own opinions of whether I agree with him philosophically.

I contend that he doesn’t deserve to be painted with the same brush as those men who fought for actual change and who had way more skin in the game than he.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10
No thanks. You seem way too sensitive to have an extended conversation.

GK18
GK18

What a POS. He is not worth the time to comment how I really feel about him.

RunCop
RunCop

Ah, lumbershit.......keep defending the animal thug!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10
Lastly, the fact that you believe Kap isn't doing anything with his free time shows me exactly your viewpoint. Do you think he's still in the news for kneeling 2 years ago? And if you think so, then why do you people continue to ride his jock so hard?

And if he HAS been doing things with his time off, why do you think those things aren't important?