‘Kaepernick & America’ Review: Tribeca 2022

-Allison McCulloch

Directors: Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow
Producers: Bill Stephney, Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald

Colin Kaepernick protested police brutality by taking a knee when the “Star-Spangled Banner” was sung, an anthem whose third verse literally mentions slaves. The film documents America’s reaction, which even includes a man burning the Kaepernick jersey he owned. Kaepernick was “punished” by the NFL and remains a free agent since 2017. 

The documentary covers his early family life as well. By the time he used his voice, people sought to silence him, put him down, and remove him from the public eye. The NFL gave him a workout in Atlanta, but there has been no official word about his return to football.
The documentary also covers the Charlottesville rally and the protests over the removal of Robert E. Lee statue: all symptoms of the larger problem of racism that Kaepernick was protesting. 

Definitely check out Kaepernick & America if you get the chance.

Article was written by Allison McCulloch. Follow her Twitter.

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