Colin Kaepernick publishing anthology on police abolition
Colin Kaepernick announced his latest project on Tuesday — a collection of essays on police abolition edited by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and published through his outlet, Kaepernick Publishing.
Kaepernick announced the new book, set to be released on Oct. 12, via Instagram.
“Today, I’m excited to share that we at @KaepernickPublishing will be releasing our first title, ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: THE MOVEMENT FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT POLICING & PRISONS, on 10/12/21. This anthology builds on decades of organizing and writing against policing & prisons…”
I’m proud to have edited this collection & hope it adds to the chorus of voices calling for a world without & beyond policing & prisons. #AbolitionForThePeople”
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Kaepernick has long been an outspoken advocate for police reform. The issue initially inspired him to kneel in protest of police brutality during the national anthem before a preseason game in 2016.
“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 said after kneeling during the anthem for the first time. “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.”
The ex-Niners QB has devoted his life to racial justice over the past five years, while NFL teams have whole-heartedly passed on giving him another shot to play.
Last October, Kaepernick penned a passionate essay calling for the abolition of police.
“In order to eradicate anti-Blackness, we must also abolish the police,” he wrote.
Notably, Kaepernick’s announcement comes one day after reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars are signing Tim Tebow — who last played in the NFL in 2017 — to play tight end.