GQ magazine names Colin Kaepernick its "Citizen of the Year"

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The magazine named the former 49ers quarterback its "Citizen of the Year" for starting the protest that became a movement in the NFL.

Kaepernick began kneeling as the National Anthem played during NFL games to protest what he referred to as America's systemic oppression of black people and police brutality against black men.

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Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour envisioned a future in which Colin Kaepernick is held up as a American Civil Rights hero in GQ's latest on the former football player.

The article goes into detail with several artists, activists, musicians and other figures who all talk about what Kaepernick's protest means to them. After first sitting, then kneeling, during the national anthem, no team signed him in the off-season. "And he did it for a clear reason, one that has been lost in the yearlong storm that followed", GQ wrote of Kaepernick. He cooperated with GQ for the article-the accompanying photographs are particularly stunning-but was not quoted in the story.

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The signal caller, who has been surrounded by controversy over the course of the previous year, initially caused a stir when he kneeled during the national anthem last season while with the 49ers. "Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference". I think some folks see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. As if this was just a moment that he got caught up in.

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