HE WILL NOT BE SILENCED: GQ Magazine Colin Kaepernick ‘Citizen of The Year’
Colin Kaepernick will not be silenced and he shouldn’t be! GQ has officially announced that the former NFL quarterback has been named their Citizen of the Year turning his negative situation into a positive.
GQ celebrates Colin for taking a stand, a stand which has since forced him to become blackballed in the NFL after he simply knelt during the playing of our national anthem to protest systemic oppression and, more specifically, as he said repeatedly at the time, police brutality toward black people.
In the feature, several prominent celebrities, athletes, and more have written about their impressions and experiences with Colin, who visited Harlem for his Martin Schoeller directed photoshoot. Take a look at some of the things said about Colin below:
Ava DuVernay – Filmmaker, Selma, 13th, and 2018’s A Wrinkle in Time
“I see what he’s done as art. I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist. A lot of people excel at creativity—making TV, movies, painting, writing books—but you can be an artist in your own life. Civil rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there. I think some folks see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. Not intentional. Not strategic. Not as progressive action. As if this was just a moment that he got caught up in. This was work. This is work that he’s doing.”
J. Cole – Rapper
“I saw the shit he was saying in the interviews when they pressed him about it. His answers were just so clear and potent. Like, right on point. And he wasn’t backing down. And he wasn’t afraid. He was just being honest. And it didn’t seem like he was looking for attention. It caught me off guard because, you know, nothing personally against him, I just didn’t know when I met him that the person with the biggest balls in sports would be him.”
Ameer Hasan Loggins – Writer and U.C. Berkeley academic, lecturer, onetime Bay Area hip-hop icon
“His protest has exposed the truth about a lot of people in the NFL, even while he hasn’t said anything. I think people underestimate the tactical brilliance involved in that. I understand why people want him to speak out. I understand that. I think they should take the time to understand why he hasn’t.”
Harry Belafonte – Artist, activist, legend
“In my 90th year of life, to see people like Colin Kaepernick having gotten the message and carrying the cause forward is the greatest reward I could ask for. Colin is a remarkable young man. The fact that he spoke out on police brutality against young black men—I thought it was absolutely admirable. I’m prepared to do anything it takes and whatever steps I can to support him if this insanity continues.”