Colin Kaepernick has a new documentary out titled "Kaepernick & America." It discusses his opposition to police brutality. Half an hour into the documentary, it brings up the case of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed by officers during a traffic stop.
The documentary shows dashcam footage of the stop, which turns violent quickly. Next, footage of his lifeless body is shown, his white T-shirt stained red with his own blood.
Castile’s girlfriend is heard saying:
“You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”
The violence in the scene was shocking to watch. One can see the cop pulling out his gun, without provocation, and firing into the car over and over. You hear the gunshots and the yells of Castile's girlfriend.
The documentary ties together the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's history, personal and professional. It also highlights the outrage and bitterness that have always existed but were given greater exposure by the 2016 presidential election.
It also shows how inaccurate people were regarding what Kaepernick was protesting about. His protest was never about the American military, its flag, or even the national anthem. What he was trying to do was ignite a conversation about police brutality and racial injustice in America.
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The impact of Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling
In 2016, Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color. His kneeling started a movement, but also angered much of the country. The quarterback has not played since the 2016 season with the 49ers. However, he still made an impact without stepping on the field.
In 2020, the NFL announced its commitment to fighting systemic racism over the next decade. It has pledged $250 million toward this fight. We've also seen the league add messages to the back of each team's end zone and players put messages on their helmets.
The former quarterback has tried to make his return to the NFL, but to no avail. He had a tryout with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason, but nothing came of it. Nonetheless, the documentary looks to tell the 34-year-old's story about his quest for equality and social justice.