Colin Kaepernick — the former NFL quarterback who launched a trend of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality in America — was named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine on Monday.
AMAZING! @GQMagazine has named Colin Kaepernick the "Citizen of the Year" for his courageous protest against injustice + his work in the community. Much love to my brother Colin! https://t.co/6WnKyBiIiw pic.twitter.com/DqspzbfuXF
— COMMON (@common) November 13, 2017
The feature article accompanying Kaepernick’s cover photo notes that his anthem kneeling “puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”
“Approximately 90 men are currently employed as quarterbacks in the NFL, as either starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is better—indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better—than at least 70 of them,” the article states. “He is still, to this day, one of the most gifted quarterbacks on earth. And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves—blackballed—because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem.”
Kaepernick tweeted Monday that he’s “honored” by the magazine’s gesture.
And as you can imagine, other reactions to GQ’s Citizen of the Year choice were mixed and pointed:
If you are upset that Colin Kaepernick was named GQ Citizen of the Year, then most likely, you are probably a white supremacist. And I dance in racist tears like…. pic.twitter.com/BYSixRjFEi
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 13, 2017
In further proof that Libs find Political Correctness more important than those who Protect our Freedom, I present to you GQ's Citizen of the Year: Colin Kaepernick!
Screw GQ – I'll ALWAYS find our military heroes MORE FASHIONABLE than those who disrespect our country! pic.twitter.com/GOFc6jkNZO
— Bradley Scott (@Hoosiers1986) November 13, 2017