Colin Kaepernick made headlines once again after not standing for the United States national anthem before their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday. His recent actions revived talks about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s race, ethnicity and parents’ information.
In case you don’t know until know, the popular QB is Caucasian and African American, who was born on Nov. 3, 1987. Kaepernick grew up alongside Rick and Theresa Kaepernick, who are his adoptive parents.
Kapernick’s biological mother was a teenager when she gave birth to his son. She did not have enough money to support the baby after the father declined to take responsibility. In turn, the mother decided to place the baby for adoption. Rick and Theresa Kaepernick took and raised him since he was still just five weeks old.
Fast forward to 2016, while there are still questions about his race and ethnicity, Kaepernick made a strong stand against racism in the United States, Pro Football Talk reported. The 28-year-old quarterback said that he cannot be proud of a country who does not treat black people equally.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick defended his decision, saying that he wanted to send a strong message that he is against racial discrimination. Though the 49ers did not punish Kaepernick, he clarified that his team was not aware of his plan before the match.
Kaepernick is also aware that his decision will be criticized. However, the five-year veteran said that he does not care — even if it means losing his job in the NFL or his endorsement deals.
“I am not looking for approval,” Kaepernick said. “I have to stand up for people that are oppressed.”