Colin Kaepernick is now receiving death threats for refusing to stand during the National Anthem at the beginning of football games, but he’s not worried, it actually inspires him, he said.
As it’s widely known, the San Francisco 49er has been staging a personal protest, largely as a stance against the state sanctioned police violence against black people.
In a recent interview that was picked up by CNN, the quarterback said if someone tries to take his life because he’s protesting, it would only bring more attention to the cause he’s fighting for.
“It would be loud and clear for everyone why it happened,” said Kaepernick. “And that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.”
In addition, the 6’4″ NFL star said that many in the U.S. refuse to listen to his reasoning for wanting to protest, and it has everything to do with racism and that a man of color is speaking out.
In fact, Kaepernick said some who spew racist words and death threats use the excuse that they’re standing up for their country, but he sees it all as fake patriotism.
“There’s a lot of racism disguised a patriotism in this country,” he stated. “And people don’t like to address that, and they don’t like to address what the root of this protest is.”
Kaepernick also touched on the recent killing of Terrence Crutcher, an Oklahoma man who was gunned down by police, although he wasn’t found with a weapon.
“That’s a perfect example of what this is about,” he explained. “I think it’ll be very telling what happens with the officer that killed him.”
Besides continuing to kneel during the national anthem — which has been repeated by others in the NFL and even by professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe — the 28-year-old said he’s donating $1 million of his salary to organizations that focus on his cause.
Plus, he’ll be giving $100,000 of that money over the next month and will set up a website so people can track where and how the funds are being distributed.