Colin Kaepernick protesting racism and violence in America by sitting and kneeling during the national anthem continues to bring criticism to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
And part of that backlash has gone so far that the 28-year-old is receiving death threats.
On Tuesday, Kaepernick revealed that he has been on the receiving end of death threats via "a couple of different avenues," including being heckled during games and on social media, since taking his stance late last month.
"There's a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country," Kaepernick said, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. "People don't like to address that and they don't like to address what the root of this protest is."
But he said he hasn't notified 49ers' security about those threats, reasoning that if someone were to kill him, it'd only be proving his point about the blatant racial inequality and oppression that exists in the U.S., as reported by ESPN.com.
Despite the harsh backlash that he's received from certain segments of society, Kaepernick isn't about to stunt his mission.
After announcing earlier this month that he'll be donating $1 million to groups combating racial inequality and police brutality, Kaepernick said Tuesday that he plans on setting up a website so that people can see where the funds are going.
“So everyone will be able to see exactly what organizations the money’s going to, and also making sure we get an itemized list from the organizations of what they’re spending the money on,” Kaepernick said Tuesday, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. “To make sure not only that I’m transparent in what I’m doing but that these organizations are transparent with where the money is going as well.”
Kaepernick also discussed the disturbing death of Terence Crutcher, another unarmed Black man murdered by police.
“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being,” Kaepernick said of the incident, which took place in Tulsa last Friday. "That’s not right. And they should be in prison for that.”
It's continued incidents like that of Crutcher's that show how the racial inequality and oppression against African-Americans that Kaepernick has been pointing out over the past several weeks still looms large.
In addition to the $1 million donation, Kaepernick will also be donating sales proceeds from his top-selling NFL jersey to communities that need it the most.
Salute to Colin Kaepernick! He's more than putting his money where his mouth is.
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