Colin Kaepernick is set to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
The well-reputed magazine unveiled the cover of a kneeling Kaepernick on Sept. 22 via the publication’s Twitter page.
— TIME (@TIME) September 22, 2016
The Oct. 3 issue’s cover story written by Sean Gregory is titled, “The Perilous Fight,” and will address how the “National anthem protests led by Kaepernick are fueling a debate about privilege, pride, and patriotism.”
Readers can also expect additional articles on other players who have decided to participate in the protest for racial equality.
Kaepernick kneeling has become a recurring pose for the San Francisco 49ers quarterback since beginning his silent protest against racial oppression on Aug. 26.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said in a postgame conference.
“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.”
There have been a lot of mixed feelings and emotions throughout the whole ordeal of Kaepernick refusing to stand during the national anthem.
A recent poll showed that his likability has decreased, but his jersey is the top-selling in the league. His actions were condemned by Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner and by some law enforcement groups. He has also received death threats.
However, these haven’t deterred Kaepernick from continuing his mission, and he is encouraged by the support he’s received from his athletic peers.
“I think other people are picking up on the protest and speaking out about it, from high school to activists to pro athletes,” Kaepernick said, as reported by ABC News. “I think it’s huge and I think the more conversation continues between those communities, more and more solutions will come up on how to fix this and the best way to fix it as quickly as possible. I think that’s important and ultimately the goal.”