Welcome to the first edition of the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profile. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. He took a bold stand and will perhaps risk his lucrative contact, public admiration, and his NFL career to stand up or better said, ‘sit-down’ for the rights of oppressed people who don’t have a national platform.
There has been plenty of backlash against Kaepernick for his protest. There has also tons of support for him as well, including a #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag trending on Twitter with thousands of veterans of all racial backgrounds joining in for their support of Kaepernick’s 1st amendment rights. This includes former Minnesota Governor, pro-wrestler, and Navy Seal Jesse Ventura. Here is Colin in his own words:
“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. “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.”
Today we honor Mr. Kaepernick as our very first Evolved Man of the Week.