Looks like somebody appreciates Colin Kaepernick.
Eminent sociologist, author and activist Harry Edwards, who helped to curate the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s most recent sports exhibit, Game Changers, feels that Kaepernick, too, needs pride of place at the Smithsonian.
Edwards reportedly donated a collection of items relating to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to the museum late last year.
Kaepernick has withstood intense criticism and basked in deserved praise for kneeling during the National Anthem last season to protest the seemingly never-ending tide of death by police in the African-American community. He has not been signed by an NFL team as of today, many say because of his political stand.
But Edwards, now 73, thinks he’s the bees knees, comparing him to another African American sports great.
“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’ ” recounted Edwards. “ ‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.’ ”
“The same thing with Kaepernick. He sparked a national conversation about race,” he says.