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Kaepernick Snags GQ's Citizen Of The Year Title

13 November 2017

Be sure to check out the December issue to see more of what Kapernick has to say and where he's headed with his message.

Colin Kaepernick may be called many things, but those are just a couple of new labels being thrown his way, courtesy of GQ magazine.

Being dubbed this generation's iconic civil rights leader by legendary Olympian John Carlos, who is known for raising his fist in protest during the 1968 Olympics, Kaepernick makes a strong statement on the magazine's cover.

The free-agent quarterback has been embroiled in controversy since he started to protest police brutality of the African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem while a member of the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 season.

He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL-all because he took a knee to protest police brutality.

"As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence", the editors wrote of Kaepernick.

"That's why we chose to photograph Colin in public, in Harlem, among the men, women, and children he is fighting for", the magazine's editors write. Why talk now, when your detractors will only twist your words and use them against you? "At the same time, Colin is all too aware that silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn't get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him". Not as progressive action.

Kaepernick tweeted Monday morning that he was "honored" to be chosen.