Colin Kaepernick breaks silence, reacts to George Floyd’s death at hands of police officers
Activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke about the recent death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis African-American man who died at the hands of police officers.
Kaepernick, 32, has yet to see NFL action since the 2016 season, which coincided with a personal choice to protest police brutality and unaccounted discrimination by U.S. police departments against Black Americans during the league’s pre-game National Anthem performances, causing polarizing reactions across the nation.
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
“Rest in Power George Floyd,” Kaepernick wrote.
Kaepernick, the 49ers’ starting quarterback during their successful 2012 season, leading to a Super Bowl berth and ultimate loss to the Baltimore Ravens, tried out for several NFL scouts back in Nov. 2019. But a late change of venue may have prevented more team officials from viewing his private workout.
The six-year NFL veteran quarterback opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017. He has been a free agent ever since, using his platform as a key face in the Black Lives Matter movement to mobilize attention towards unjust murders of African-Americans in the U.S. while in police detention., such as murder of Floyd, whose neck was kneeled on by an officer of the law, a practice banned by departments.
Following the dismissal of the four officers on the scene in the event that led to Floyd’s death, protests broke out in Minneapolis. Kaepernick encouraged “resistance” in moments “when civility leads to death.”