One of the most divisive issues in the country right now is that of the NFL anthem protests. The protests have caused the NFL all kinds of headaches, including a fan boycott of the sport until the protests end. The man who started the protests at the beginning of last season, Colin Kaepernick, has remained a free agent throughout this season and is currently suing the league. Kaepernick is back in the news, though, as he was named GQ magazine’s Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick is one of those individuals where there is no middle ground. People who support his cause love him, while those who oppose his cause hate him. The question is, though, out of everyone in the world, does Kaepernick deserve the award of Citizen of the Year?
Those who agree with the choice feel he represents what is best in this country. They contend he has sacrificed millions of dollars and his career to raise awareness about racial injustice. They feel it would have been so easy to give in and end the protest after a week or two, but he stood his ground and gave up his dreams of being in the NFL and, now, he has created a movement that is still going strong and has caused a national conversation that continues to this day.
People who disagree with the choice feel that this was a ridiculous pick. They feel that a man who didn’t vote and who has thrown his career away is a poor choice. Many feel this is a cheap stunt by GQ to try and drum up magazine sales. There are those that support the protests, who feel this was a very poor choice. They feel that soldiers who put their lives on the line every day, or police or firemen who also risk their lives for other people, would make much better choices than an out-of-work football player.
GQ showing Kaepernick’s visit to Harlem:
Does Colin Kaepernick deserve the award of Citizen of the Year? Does Kaepernick represent what is best about America? Or, is this a cheap stunt by GQ to sell magazines?
Kaepernick deserves the award
Those who feel he deserves the award say that he has sacrificed so much to raise awareness about racial injustice he deserves the award. They contend that he has sacrificed millions and started a conversation that is still going.
A brilliant and courageous strategy for raising consciousness and humanizing us. Bravo!
— John Libert PhD (@JohnLibert3) November 13, 2017
Well done, GQ.
— Milly Majich ? (@MagikMilly) November 13, 2017
Excellent choice. He's a strong representative of what's best about America.
— Can you hear us now? (@Wearethe65m) November 13, 2017
Whether you agree with his stance or not, he has become sport's Muhammad Ali. That is, taking a stand against racial inequities and civil rights. Remember, Ali lost his title and money for his stance against the Vietnam war which wasn't popular.
— Wegonbaight (@sweetspot42) November 13, 2017
Kaepernick doesn’t deserve the award
People who feel he doesn’t deserve the award say that he is a horrible choice for it. Even some of his supporters feel someone else should have been picked, like a policeman or a teacher, not an out-of-work football player.
What a complete joke citizen of what country you've got to be kidding right got to be fake news
— Jonathan Mata (@Jonatha32656850) November 13, 2017
Disgraceful! Will no longer subscribe to @GQMagazine . I don’t remember Ali ever sitting for our Anthem.
— Rafael (@kichy51) November 13, 2017
I support Kaepernick's protest but even I think it's ridiculous to name him citizen of the year. Bad call GQ
— Muli (@eye_wuv_errbody) November 13, 2017
I agree with the #TakeAKnee protest. But citizen of the year? He didn’t even vote!
— Brian Maxwell (@briandmaxwell63) November 13, 2017
Does Colin Kaepernick deserve GQ’s Citizen of the Year award?