Colin Kaepernick has but to be invited again to the Nationwide Soccer League, however Netflix is welcoming him with open arms. The previous quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who sparked a motion when he knelt throughout the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality has joined forces with the writer-director Ava DuVernay for a six-episode Netflix collection. The present, “Colin in Black & White,” will heart on the athlete’s teenage years.
Michael Starrbury (“When They See Us”) wrote the collection and can function government producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick, who will narrate the episodes.
The present facilities on Kaepernick’s life as a Black youngster rising up in Northern California with a white adopted household and his journey to changing into an expert quarterback.
“Too typically we see race and Black tales portrayed by way of a white lens,” Kaepernick mentioned in an announcement. “We search to offer new perspective to the differing realities that Black individuals face. We discover the racial conflicts I confronted as an adopted Black man in a white neighborhood throughout my highschool years.”
The collection was conceived in 2019. Starrbury accomplished the scripts in Might.
In 2016, Kaepernick started kneeling firstly of N.F.L. video games, prompting different athletes out and in of soccer to do the identical. His actions drew the ire of President Trump, who prompt that those that didn’t stand for the nationwide anthem needs to be fired. Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 and was not employed by another workforce. This prompted the quarterback, who took the 49ers to the 2012 Tremendous Bowl, to file a grievance towards the N.F.L., alleging that the 32 groups colluded to maintain him out of the league. Kaepernick and the N.F.L. settled the dispute in 2019, but he stays unsigned.
His activism has acquired renewed consideration within the wake of the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests towards police brutality and systemic racism.
“Along with his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a nationwide dialog about race and justice with far-reaching penalties for soccer, tradition and for him, personally,” DuVernay mentioned in an announcement. “Colin’s story has a lot to say about id, sports activities and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience.”