At this point, everyone knows Colin Kaepernick as the athlete who took a knee during the national anthem at his football game as a sign of peaceful protest against police violence and racial protest. His fans and supporters have labeled him an activist, while critics have said he disrespected the flag and is unpatriotic. But where did the former NFL quarterback get the impulse to stand up for the voiceless and hold his fellow Americans accountable for the injustices?
In Colin in Black & White, we get a sense of the beginning of Kaepernick's drive and passion. The Netflix series follows the activist as he navigates his high school years as a biracial student and multi-talented athlete. The series was in the works after Colin connected with Ava Duvernay at a Time 100 event and then Colin followed up with her about wanting to tell his story. Colin could have chosen to tell a story about a rising quarterback and the choices he made or specifically about the start of him protesting but wanted to start at the beginning.
The six-part series is narrated by Kapernick himself and provides you with historical facts about racism in America. Each 30-minute episode gives you a glimpse of what it was like being a student-athlete as well as what the family dynamic was for the Kapernick’s. The series also shows that racism in sports runs deep and can have damaging effects on these young athletes.
Colin in Black & White is a masterpiece that shows the imperfect world we live in from the eyes of one of our young civil rights activists. Here are three important thing