Colin Kaepernick still doing great things, inspires students in Harlem

Those who choose to make a villain out of Colin Kaepernick conveniently forget or are willfully ignorant of the charitable work he has done.

He has given a lot of his money and continues to get out in communities and help out how he can. The latest example came when he talked to freshman students at the DREAM charter school in Harlem, N.Y. this week. He gave them backpacks too.

Kaepernick has said almost nothing to the media as he has been waiting to be signed by an NFL team (something that has been a long process; check out all of the quarterbacks signed by NFL teams since Kaepernick became a free agent). That doesn’t mean he has been in exile.

Kaepernick also gave $25,000 to the school, according to its Instagram page. He spoke to the kids about “activism, taking risks, and starting difficult conversations,” the school said.

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Kaepernick was the first NFL player to protest during the national anthem, as he drew attention to racial injustice and police brutality. Some chose to twist his protest into a self-serving way, arguing that he (and other players who have protested) are disrespecting the military, when the protest never had anything to do with the military. It’s a dirty trick, but people have decided Kaepernick is the object of their scorn, and the truth about his motives or the good work he has done off the field or any other facts really don’t matter. It’s sad how some blindly criticize him and choose to ignore the positive things he does, but that’s life in 2017.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick seems comfortable staying out of the spotlight and doing good things in many communities. It makes you wonder if he can help far more people without having to worry about a football career. His crusade is far more important than playing quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick spoke to high-school kids about activism in Harlem, N.Y. this week. (AP)
Colin Kaepernick spoke to high-school kids about activism in Harlem, N.Y. this week. (AP)

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