In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick announced his decision to take a knee during the national anthem. Inspired by the mounting deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the quarterback explained that he was taking a stand against what he considered to be widespread racial injustice. Kapernick’s principled stand has resulted in both scorn and affection — much as the very dilemma it signifies has confounded millions of Americans. But the quarterback believes that his activism on behalf of poor and minority communities — as well as the outrage that the players around him have invoked — has led to greater awareness about the conditions that subject Kaepernick to police violence. In an interview on The Bonnie Hunt Show last week, Kaepernick discussed the time he spent growing up in the Antelope Valley, which included a stint in foster care. “In most cases,” said Kapernick, “I would have to borrow my brother’s school bus.” His time with the foster care system served as a turning point in his life, he explained, and gave him the foundation to assert himself when he was in high school. At this point, he told Hunt, he’s “more than just an athlete, more than just a football player.”
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