American footballer Kaepernick gets human rights award

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21 April 2018

AMSTERDAM — Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Kneeling Kaepernick receives Amnesty’s human rights award

Today, 18:05
Updated at 18:53

Amnesty International has awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award in Amsterdam to American football player Colin Kaepernick. He knelt two years ago while the American national anthem played before a match, instead of standing. His silent protest against police brutality and discrimination has since been regularly emulated by football players, sometimes to the anger of US President Trump.

“Not only in the United States is Kaepernick a great example for his fight against discrimination and police violence, but also in the Netherlands and the rest of the world”, said Eduard Nazarski, director of Amnesty Netherlands. “He shows that with a seemingly simple gesture you can start a great movement.”

Amnesty awards the human rights prize every year to activists who, according to the organization, commit themselves in a special way to human rights. Earlier the prize went to Nelson Mandela, the Pakistani children’s rights activist Malala and singer Alicia Keys.

Amnesty Netherlands this year is fifty years old.

Leaked audio tapes reveal NFL owners feared both Trump and player protests: here.

Nike Features NFL’s Kaepernick in Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ Campaign: here.

TRUMP SUPPORTERS BURN THEIR OWN CLOTHES Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is to be the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” 30th-anniversary campaign. Trump supporters, upset that a black man knelt to protest for civil rights, have responded by destroying their own clothes. [HuffPost]

LOUISIANA MAYOR BANS NIKE The mayor of a Louisiana town has banned Nike products from city recreation facilities, days after the company hired former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for its new advertising campaign. [HuffPost]

National Black Police Association Stands Behind Colin Kaepernick: here.

A cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Levi’s Stadium.

A 9-year-old Australian schoolgirl has been slammed by [right-wing] politicians for refusing to stand for the national anthem.

This black student was expelled from her Texas school for refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag — but she was finally vindicated: here.

An 11-year-old boy was arrested following a confrontation at school over his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, which he reportedly called racist against black people.

On Monday, February 4, an 11-year-old boy was arrested at his school in Lakeland, Florida, due to a confrontation he had with a teacher and school officials over his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States. He is now facing misdemeanor charges for disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence: here.

Wisconsin’s all-white GOP Assembly removed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick from a resolution honoring African-Americans during Black History Month.

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