Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick went full ingrate and accused his adoptive parents of “perpetuating racism” in an interview that aired Thursday on CBS.
Kaepernick has a new graphic novel out, “Change the Game,” where he talks about coming to terms with his racial identity while growing up in a white family. The former star quarterback recalled disagreements with his parents that he attributed to racism saying some parts of his upbringing were “problematic.”
He said: “I know my parents loved me. But they were still very problematic things that I went through. I think it was important to show that, no, this can happen in your own home, and how we move forward collectively while addressing the racism that is being perpetuated.
“You know, very similar to the messaging of the book is I don’t have control over all of these situations.
“But I control how I respond to it, I control how I prepare for it, and I’m a believer that in doing that, good things will happen.
“There were a lot more Black people in football,” he said about choosing football over baseball. “I was like, ‘Oh, I found some community here.’”
“Five, six days a week I’m still up at 4:30, I go get my training in. Yeah, that passion is still there and the ability is still there,” he added about possibly playing football again.
According to CBS:
Geared toward young adults, the graphic novel reveals the early years of Kaepernick’s life before he became a professional athlete and made headlines by taking a knee during the national anthem, sparking a movement within the NFL to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Kaepernick said he has always been and still is a relatively introverted person. He said his personality helps him navigate the world through tough times like when when he said he faced resistance from people, including his White adoptive parents, when he tried to embrace his blackness.
Colin Kaepernick says that being raised by white adoptive parents was problematic. pic.twitter.com/s3rCrZj6Nq
— 3sidedstory 🇺🇲 (@3sidedstory) March 9, 2023
“Take pride in your Blackness, take pride in your culture”: @Kaepernick7 hopes his new graphic novel inspires young people to “seize their power” by reading about his real-life experiences in high school, when he learned to embrace his Blackness, despite some resistance. pic.twitter.com/Ug6Kozy4wf
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) March 9, 2023
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