Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International’s Highest Award (Video)
This past weekend, human rights organization Amnesty International honored Colin Kaepernick with its Person Of Conscience Award. The former NFL star received the distinction for his commitment to social justice and racial discrimination, including public protest and personal sacrifice.
“The Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and exceptional courage, as embodied by Colin Kaepernick,” Salil Shetty, the human rights group’s secretary-general, said in a statement, published at CNN. “He is an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.” Kaepernick, who was also named GQ magazine’s “Citizen Of 2017,” was on hand to receive his award at a ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands Saturday (April 21).
The figure used the platform to symbolically share his honor with “all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force. I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence.”
Past winners of the award that Amnesty International touts as its highest honors include the late Nelson Mandela, as well as Alicia Keys, and the Rock & Roll band U2.
Last week, Colin was also filmed entering NFL league headquarter offices with his legal team to depose commissioner Roger Goodell. It is the latest event following Kap’s formal grievance against the National Football League and team owners from colluding to prevent any team from signing him since Colin’s kneeling protests during the National Anthem in the 2016 season.