Teachers Union Gives Highest Honor To Unemployed Millionaire, Colin Kaepernick

The National Education Association gave Colin Kaepernick the President's Award

Washington, D.C. - Former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a human and civil rights award from a national teachers union.

The National Education Association gave Kaepernick the NEA’s President’s Award in recognition of his work “to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism” through the Know Your Rights camp, according to Fox News.

Kaepernick funds the camp.

"The human and civil rights champions we honor tonight are the epitome of the fierce urgency of now that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke about in his 'I Have a Dream speech,'" NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said July 1, according to Fox News.

"Through their deeds and actions, they have demonstrated remarkable courage and conviction to stand up for racial and social justice," Eskelsen García continued. "They have shown an unrelenting resolve and ferocity to make a real difference for public education, students and our nation’s future. They are shining examples of social justice activism, fighting against injustices every day, and making sure that our great nation lives up to its promise."

The NEA’s press release stated about the quarterback, “A social justice activist and human and civil rights leader of his own time, Colin Kaepernick's lone action sparked a movement.”

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the streets," said Kaepernick, according to the NEA press release. The NEA added that Kaepernick was asked about “the number of unarmed people of color, Black men and women specifically, that have been victims of police brutality and killed by law enforcement.”

Kaepernick began anti-police protests of the National Anthem and American Flag in 2016 when he took a knee during the national anthem during a pre-season game.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time.

Kaepernick had a 3-16 record in his last two seasons as a starting quarterback. After the 2016 season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. However, no NFL team signed him in 2017. He filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners alleging they colluded not to sign him. That lawsuit is still ongoing.

Yahoo Sports reported that the NFL is trying to have Kaepernick’s collusion case come to a close. The NFL has cited the players’ collective bargaining agreement and has asked arbitrator Stephen Burbank to provide a summary judgement in the case, in effect closing it, according to Yahoo Sports.

Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis said that that Ravens were about to sign Kaepernick in 2017, but then Kaepernick’s girlfriend posted a racist tweet of Lewis and Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti, according to ESPN.

Nessa Diab’s tweet compared Lewis and Bisciotti to a scene from the movie Django Unchained in which Samuel Jackson was a loyal house slave to the a cruel plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Other organizations have honored Kaepernick. He was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2017. Then in April 2018, Amnesty International awarded him the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

Kaepernick has a history of demeaning police. He was photographed in a 2016 practice wearing socks with pigs wearing police hats. He also compared modern police to slave patrols of the 1800s.

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ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

Let's be real. The majority of this article is old news, and you're repeating it to keep your base upset.

GG Kap.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@ByAnyMeansNecessary The story of the NEA honoring this idiot is a new one. The rest is there for background for people who don't follow football. I guess Kap hasn't seen the results of a new study. From Harvard. Showing that there is NOT a racial bias in policing despite the Kap's wanting there to be. https://goo.gl/MsfgBw No racial bias in police shootings, study by Harvard professor shows ...

Mrs10
Mrs10

Seems like the NEA needs to go back to school and study a bit more!

cspcapt
cspcapt

and these people teach our children, no wonder why they are so screwed up

LEO0301
LEO0301

The only movement Kaeperdick sparked was less people watching the NFL and more people tuning in to NASCAR.

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

As a former 49er fan, CK is the reason we switched off first football, and then basketball. More patriotism is displayed in other sports arenas. If we are going to sit around on our butts and WATCH someone else doing something, NASCAR, hockey, baseball, golf and soccer are more enjoyable. Any whiners who disrespect my country’s flag or those who keep us safe, are a quick one-click channel change. Don’t need them or their sponsors.

🍻Cheers! 🇺🇸

dsmarine
dsmarine

The educational system is broken. And I say what is an NFL?

overwatcher
overwatcher

It's "old news" that NFL stands for National Felon's League. Even better would be "Not For Long".

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

The NFL is going to be just fine. Boomers no longer have the numbers to shut businesses down. That's a millennial thing now.

injun
injun

"The NFL is going to be just fine. Boomers no longer have the numbers to shut businesses down. That's a millennial thing now." Not yet we still got the power..$$

RunCop
RunCop

The “highest honor”from this useless liberal organization is like getting “Thug of the year”award from black lives splatter !

Marxest
Marxest

Glad he got the award. Mr Kaepernick stuck to his belief and convictions and never wavered from his views. Even as he was persecuted by the right and far right. What many of these fools don't understand is that Kaepernick never called for attacks on cops, he merely called for attention of killings of civilians by police officers. His message was clear and respectful, yet they want to make him the villain but yet support white supremacist movements like the alt right. I can never stand for the national anthem because it's the same anthem for Richard Spencer. I can stand with him.

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

Kaepernick is a revolutionary prick just like me. It's fun to whip up controversy and mayhem over nothing.

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

Richard Spencer was a brilliant man in my honest opinion. I met him at a socialist gathering, he was serving parfaits in an all white jump suit that read give peas a chance.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@injun You don't though, you just don't realize it yet.

I can't think of the last successful Boomer boycott. But i can definitely name companies just this year that millennials have affected.

Budman
Budman

What is so special about this douche bag? Wants another Civil War? Just don't understand the logic!! Shouldn't be awarded any awards for stupidity!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Budman I find it pretty special that he was able to get under your skin for calling out racism with such dignity.

Hit dogs will holler. If he offends you, you're probably racist.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Marxest - please rethink your idea that Kaepernick was respectful. Think back to when this first started. At that time he reported to work wearing socks that depicted the police as pigs. Do you find that respectful? And let's not forget that he wore a t-shirt supporting communist dictator Fidel Castro. You remember him, don't you? He's the guy who imprisoned and killed his own people for speaking out against him. I'm sorry, but if you believe Kaepernick is a man of honor, you haven't done your homework.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Isn't NASCAR on its last legs while the NFL recovered fully prior to the playoffs?

Ill keep saying it. Boomers have very little say in the consumer world.

Budman
Budman

@Hi_estComnDenomn Hey jackass I never said any thing about racism or am I racist!! Race has nothing to do with crime just stupidity of ones own actions!!

Memaw187
Memaw187

Boy,are their standards low!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Budman trust me, you didn't have to say anything about race on this article. But, how you talk on other articles, and kaepernick upsetting you the way he does, definitely shows your racism.

I know people who disagree with his stance. They disagree and they leave it at that.

But you bring up Civil War (fought over slavery) and call him names because you don't understand. You more than disagree with him.

Budman
Budman

Listen prick!! I understand his "cause" which is totally wrong!! Police officers don't just go on killing people for the hell of it!! They are ambushed, shot at while chasing thugs then lives are lost on both sides!! Police officers have a right to protect themselves!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Budman Cops protecting themselves has nothing to do with Kaepernick. You're just spitting catchphrases at this point.

Budman
Budman

Do all of us a favor and leave this page!!! Your a troll who doesn't give a shit about law enforcement!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Budman - You're absolutely right. It is impossible to have a decent conversation with him, so I decided to no longer respond directly to him. He's a troll who has a failing business and is looking for attention, almost like a child does when they throw temper tantrums. He won't leave until we all stop responding to his inane comments.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 @Budman responds with all emotion though. He's only able to react wildly when he's upset. Like a baboon, almost.

T2linv
T2linv

Lets recognize someone who teaches demeaning police publicly wearing socks with pigs pictured wearing police hats. TRUE AMERICAN EDUCATION at its best. WOW! How about recognizing REAL teachers who spend time educating ALL students of ALL race, not just african americans who are being used as props in this B.S " personal attention seeking campaign". Chicago has more black on black gun violance on any given weekend, is he showing up here on Monday mornings to address these issues? HELL NO!

meeknotweak
meeknotweak

me: Hey aern't you Colin Kaepernick? I knew it! Yes I'll have a big mac, large fries and a medium chocolate shake to go. Colin:Here is your order sir. Me:Thanks buddy. Um excuse me I'm missing my fries. I guess you can't throw a pass and you can't take a freaking order for burger meal. Go kneel down in the parking lot because that's what we do when we can't do our grown up jobs.

Grog
Grog

This is all we need to know about teachers. This explains why kids know absolutely squat about America!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

This just proves how radical the teaches of America are that are brain washing our children every day in public schools. Hitler said, “Give me your children”. The left understands this very well.

as12192007
as12192007

He speaks out against police brutality, lack of accountability, and makes a point of ensuring people know their rights when encountering law enforcement. Yep, he is a bad guy alright.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@as12192007 - I suggest you read the articles posted by Mrs10 at the beginning of the comment section. It disproves Kaepernick's contention that the police target black men. So his protest is not legitimate and based on falsehoods. Educate yourself

as12192007
as12192007

It would appear I have struck a nerve with you goddamn snowflakes. It has been proven repeatedly that police target black people differently. When a white guy can have a fist fight with police or pull weapons on cops and survive, but black unarmed people get shot by police when posing no threat it is clear there is a difference in how police target people. Would you care for proof of this, cop apologist?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@as12192007 It doesnt take long to recognize a snowflake. And this site is absolutely full of them.

ludyboodie
ludyboodie

AMEN cspcapt!!! This is EXACTLY what's wrong with the generations of kids today. This is the kind of crap they are promoting and teaching when the majority of their students don't even know why we celebrate the 4th of July, who fought the Civil War or why it was fought, or that Africa isn't a COUNTRY!!! It SICKENS me!!! And this teacher's union SUPPORTS a POS NFL player who got exactly what he deserved for his display of disrespect of this country!!! SICKENING!

ludyboodie
ludyboodie

And THIS is why 'home schooling' is growing daily. People are sick and tired of our children being brainwashed in liberal run government schools.

Conwol
Conwol

So all you teachers, this is where your union money is going to. Proud?

colormeblue
colormeblue

Which president would that be?

pinkejon
pinkejon

He called out a fake issue that has been trumped up by the media. There is no institutional bias in Law Enforcement. This has been proven time and again. But talking point racists like you still spout it. Yes you are a racist for pushing a false issue about racism. the only reason you do it is because of your own deep seated race issue.

pinkejon
pinkejon

talk about spitting catchphrases. that is all you do. Talking points and whatever is fashionable for the left, that is every post you respond to. Pathetic. A racist deflecting by calling cops racist.

pinkejon
pinkejon

That whole line about police brutality is nothing more than a false narrative spouted by ignorant people who cant think for themselves. i find it hilarious that you morons constantly call out cops for bogus racism about killing blacks, but don't give 2 sh*ts about black on black violence. Truly sad and pathetic