In an interview that was broadcast on Thursday, former National Football League quarterback Colin Kapernick reportedly accused his adoptive parents of “perpetuating prejudice.”
In his recently published graphic novel, “Change the Game,” Colin Kaepernick discusses how he came to grips with his own racial identity while having been raised in a White home.
The former football star reflected on conflicts with his parents that he felt were caused by prejudice, and he described his childhood as “difficult.”
“I know my parents loved me. But there were still very problematic things that I went through,” Kaepernick said.
“I think it was important to show that, no, this can happen in your own home, and how we move forward collectively while addressing the racism that is being perpetuated,” he continued.
In the novel, Kaepernick provided a concrete illustration of this phenomenon by describing a disagreement he had with his parents while he was in high school about his choice of hairdo.
Kaepernick said that his parents discouraged him from wearing cornrows in his hair because he was inspired to braid it in the style of his hero, NBA great Allen Iverson.
After he had his hair styled in this manner, Kaepernick said that his mother advised him that his hair made him look “like a little thug”
The social justice activist who used to play football and who now works in the field claimed that his experiences as a teenager helped influence his decisions as an adult to embrace his heritage.
The former player for the San Francisco 49ers gained widespread recognition when he began kneeling on the field during NFL games in protest of police brutality and racism while the national anthem was being played.
At that time, he has been working with Netflix on a documentary drama series that will be based on his life.
During the course of his career, he has signed endorsement deals with large corporations such as Nike and others.
Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who became a controversial figure in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem before games, allegedly to protest police brutality.
Kaepernick’s protest has since become a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Despite not playing football since 2016, he remains a controversial and polarizing figure in American culture.