The latest organization to benefit from Colin Kaepernick’s $1 million donation to various charitable organizations is the Black Youth Project 100.
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who has this year been surrounded by all sorts of controversy since he rose to national attention for sitting out the national anthem in protest, is giving back to the community by donating to the Black Youth Project 100, The Grio states.
Kaepernick donated to the Chicago chapter of the organization, and while it was not immediately clear how much he donated, a rep for the Chicago chapter did say that the donation would go toward “Chapter-specific ideas and endeavors centered around advancing our Agenda to Build Black Futures.”
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Black Youth Project 100 is “dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people” and has stated that the Agenda to Build Black Futures is “a set of economic goals and structural changes that could improve the lives of Black people living in America.”
In Septembe, Colin Kaepernick said that he would be donating $1 million to different charities and organizations and specifically said that he would be looking for organizations in Chicago.
This past year, Colin Kaepernick has changed the conversation and caused quite a bit of controversy with his peaceful protests by not standing during the National Anthem during this NFL season, admitting he didn’t vote in this year’s election and speaking out against police brutality across the nation, The Jasmine Brand reports. But with all those controversial actions, Kaepernick has found the time to give back and educate young black men on standing up for themselves and for what’s right. The 49ers quarterback recently hosted a “Know Your Rights” youth camp in Oakland, California to educate young black men on their rights and how to deal with racial discrimination as well as a variety of social issues.
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BYP100 wrote on its website, “We envision a more economically just society that values the lives and well-being of ALL Black people, including women, queer, and transgender folks, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated as well as those who languish in the bottom 1% of the economic hierarchy.”
BYP100 has been a vocal presence at several protests and demonstrations in Chicago since the tragic video of the LaQuan McDonald was released last year. Kaepernick did reveal this past September he would donate $1 million to different organizations and told reporters recently that there may be more donations for Chicago organizations in the future.
Colin Kaepernick has stirred controversy throughout the NFL season by kneeling during “The Star Spangled Banner” in protest of racial inequality. In September, he pledged to donate $1 million to different organizations, according to Chicago Sun Times.
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He told reporters Wednesday that there may be more donations for Chicago groups in the future.
“I’ll continue to look at other communities in Chicago, as well, as far as what are ways I can help and what are ways I can try to help empower those communities,” Kaepernick said.
Along with Chicago, BYP100 has chapters in Detroit, the Bay Area, New York City, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Durham, North Carolina.
Colin Kaepernick’s gesture and commitment to Black freedom is undeniably a source of motivation for Black youths. He has proven himself not be to an “attention seeker” as some white folks initially tagged him. Kaepernick’s love for the Black community is real and he seems prepared to stand for Black rights anytime. This is what we encourage all our people to do. We need to stand fearlessly and united against inequality and racism in America. We are the ones to make this dream a reality.