Mexico City (EFE) –
Colin Kaepernick he started his protest in 2016 , when he decided to kneel his knee during the formal American national anthem before the start of the matches of his old team, the San Francisco 49ers.
The protest of the player , now a free agent, finished seconded by several of his classmates and even presidents and managers of the other teams in the league, although he received virulent attacks from the administration of Donald Trump , with the president at the head, who they accused Kaepernick from disrespect the country and the military who fought for the flag.
“The prize for ambassador of conscience celebrates the spirit of exceptional activism and courage, as embodied by Colin Kaepernick, “said the Secretary General of Amnesty, Salil Shetty . “He is an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.”
“I would like 2 thank Amnesty International 4 The Ambassador of Conscience Award.But in truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers.” @amnesty @yourrightscamp @RAVisionMedia pic.twitter.com/JkwiJnB3eA – Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) April 22, 2018
“Like the Ambassadors of Consciousness before him, Colin Kaepernick choose to speak inspire others despite the professional and personal risks, “said Shetty, who recalled the marginalization Kaepernick during the first months of his protest.
“When high profile people choose to position themselves for human rights, they embolden many others in their fight against injustice. Kaepernick’s commitment is even more remarkable due to the alarming levels of virulence that has unleashed among those in power, “he said.
“This is an award that I share with countless people around the world who are fighting violations of the human rights of police officers and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick thanked.
“Quoting Malcolm X : ‘I will join anyone, I do not care what color it is, whenever I want to change this miserable condition that exists on the face of the earth’, I am here to join you all in this battle against police violence, “he said. The athlete.
” Kneel one knee It is a physical exhibition that recalls the merits of who is excluded from the notion of ‘freedom and justice for all’ , the protest is also rooted in a convergence of my moral beliefs and my love for the people, “he concluded.