Last season, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines as he famously kneeled for the national anthem before his NFL games, wore socks depicting cops as pigs, and even wore a Fidel Castro shirt. Now, Kaepernick is out of a job and remains a free agent as the 2017 NFL season is underway.
But he keeps finding ways to return to the limelight.
As a part of his pledge to donate $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities,” the Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated a whopping $25,000 to an organization called Assata’s Daughters. The group describes themselves as a Chicago direct action resistance organization honoring Assata Shakur.
But here’s where it goes south. Shakur was found guilty of murdering a police officer, Werner Foerster, and was placed in prison.
The Guardian writes:
In the early hours of 2 May 1973, Assata Shakur was stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike by a state trooper named James Harper, allegedly for driving with a faulty rearlight. In the car with Shakur were fellow Black Liberation Army (BLA) members Zayd Malik Shakur and Sundiata Acoli. In a second patrol car was Trooper Werner Foerster.
Minutes after they pulled over, both Zayd Malik Shakur and Trooper Foerster were dead, and Assata and Trooper Harper were shot and wounded. In 1977, Shakur was convicted on one murder charge and six assault charges and sentenced to life in prison. She escaped in 1979 with the assistance of BLA members posing as visitors, and has been a fugitive ever since.
According to the group’s website, it was founded in 2015 to “develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata.” The group strives to “prioritize this work to help the current momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement to carry on into the future.”
Apparently, that was reason enough for Kaepernick to throw $25,000 in its direction.
The Daily Mail reports:
Kaepernick’s foundation specified that $2,500 of the donation would go to Cop Watch, a program that trains volunteers to follow and video police officers.
Another $15,000 is earmarked for “teen workshops.”
Shakur, whose legal name is JoAnne Deborah Chesimard, has become a revered figure in some activist circles, despite currently lodging on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
Kaepernick may just be making it even harder on himself to find an NFL team to play for after this stunt.