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Colin Kaepernick has been awarded yet another honor! The 30-year-old was presented with Amnesty International’s top honor – the Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday, given to him for his inspiring contributions to helping human rights, according to Al Jazeera.
“Colin embodies the true spirit of activism,” the organization tweeted. “Thank you, Colin, for refusing to accept racial discrimination and injustice.”
This isn’t his first notable honor. The athlete was the GQ Citizen of the Year in 2017 and was awarded the Muhammad Ali Legacy award by Beyoncé herself. Unfortunately, the activist still has yet to get picked up by an NFL team! Taking a knee during the national anthem has left him ostracized and having a tough time getting his job back.
“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?” the former San Francisco 49ers player said at his most recent award ceremony.
Kaepernick was almost offered a job by the Seattle Seahawks, but they postponed a scheduled meeting with him after he said he would continue to kneel during the national anthem. ESPN reporter, Adam Schefter, shared the news earlier this month.
Although he remains a free agent, we’re glad to see that his humanitarian efforts are being recognized and celebrated by various organizations, and can only hope that the NFL will follow suit by letting him play again soon.
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