Colin Kaepernick Gives Back
This past year, Colin Kaepernick has changed the conversation and caused quite a bit of controversy with his peaceful protests by not standing during the National Anthem during this NFL season, admitting he didn’t vote in this year’s election and speaking out against police brutality across the nation. But with all those controversial actions, Kaepernick has found the time to give back and educate young black men on standing up for themselves and for what’s right. The 49ers quarterback recently hosted a “Know Your Rights” youth camp in Oakland, California to educate young black men on their rights and how to deal with racial discrimination as well as a variety of social issues.
The 27-year-old now has made a huge donation to the Black Youth Project 100 organization in Chicago. The organization didn’t reveal just how much the quarterback donated nor has Kaepernick made any statements on the donation. A representative of the Chicago chapter did reveal that Kaepernick’s donation will go towards,
Chapter-specific ideas and endeavors centered around advancing our Agenda to Build Black Futures.
According to BYP100, the Agenda to Build Black Futures is “a set of economic goals and structural changes that could improve the lives of Black people living in America.” BYP100 wrote on its website,
We envision a more economically just society that values the lives and well-being of ALL Black people, including women, queer, and transgender folks, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated as well as those who languish in the bottom 1% of the economic hierarchy.
BYP100 has been a vocal presence at several protests and demonstrations in Chicago since the tragic video of the LaQuan McDonald was released last year. Kaepernick did reveal this past September he would donate $1 million to different organizations and told reporters recently that there may be more donations for Chicago organizations in the future.
I’ll continue to look at other communities in Chicago, as well, as far as what are ways I can help and what are ways I can try to help empower those communities.
The Black Youth Project 100 is a national organization with chapters in Detroit, the Bay Area, New York City, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Durham, North Carolina. All of its national chapters including Chicago’s, are “dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.”