ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
If you do a search of Colin Kaepernick’s name and the word “award” you’ll see 5 awards pop up including this latest honor, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.
The activist and athlete was given this award by Amnesty International.
“The Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and exceptional courage, as embodied by Colin Kaepernick. He is an athlete who is now widely recognised for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
“Just like the Ambassadors of Conscience before him, Colin Kaepernick chooses to speak out and inspire others despite the professional and personal risks. When high profile people choose to take a stand for human rights, it emboldens many others in their struggles against injustice. Colin Kaepernick’s commitment is all the more remarkable because of the alarming levels of vitriol it has attracted from those in power."
Kapernick says: “This is an award that I share with all the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force.”
It’s a head-scratcher that the NFL quarterback still doesn’t have a team.