Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has accused his adoptive parents of “perpetuating racism” in an interview that aired on Thursday. Kaepernick discussed his experiences growing up in a white family and coming to terms with his racial identity in his new graphic novel, “Change the Game.”
He recalled disagreements with his parents that he attributed to racism, calling his upbringing “problematic.” The former football player illustrated one specific example of this in the novel, depicting a fight he had with his parents during high school over his hairstyle.
Inspired to braid his hair in cornrows like his hero, NBA star Allen Iverson, Kaepernick recalled receiving pushback from his parents.
Colin Kaepernick has accused his adoptive parents of perpetuating racism in his upbringing. He recalled a specific incident where he received pushback from his parents over his hairstyle during high school.
The former football player’s experiences growing up have informed his decisions as an adult to embrace his ethnicity. Kaepernick has partnered with Netflix for a docudrama series based on his life and with Ben & Jerry’s for its non-dairy flavor “Change the Whirled.”
He has made endorsement deals with Nike and other major companies over the years.
It is disheartening to hear about anyone experiencing racism, and it is especially difficult when it comes from within one’s own family.
Colin Kaepernick’s experiences growing up illustrate the insidious nature of racism and the harm it can cause. It is commendable that he has used his platform to shed light on these issues and promote social justice.
However, it is important to acknowledge that not everyone may share his perspective or experiences. While it is crucial to listen to and learn from the experiences of those who have faced racism, it is also important to engage in respectful dialogue and seek common ground.
It is my hope that as a society, we can work towards a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their race or background.