For defending the rights of the population and protesting against racial discrimination, American football player Colin Kaepernick received the 2018 Ambassador of Conscience award from Amnesty International (AI).
The secretary general of this organization, Salil Shetty, explained in a statement that “the Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and exceptional courage, two qualities that Colin Kaepernick embodies, an athlete who is already widely recognized for his activism by refusing to ignore or accept racial discrimination. “
The NFL quarterback was selected to receive this recognition for raising his voice against injustice and inspiring others despite the professional and personal risks of the reaction his performance has had.
In a 2016 NLF preseason game, the player stood with one knee on the floor during the United States National Anthem to protest racial injustices and to ask “his country to protect and defend the rights of all its population”; This sparked a movement among athletes of non-violent protests.
Shetty explained that “when a figure of great impact decides to take a position in favor of human rights, his attitude reinforces the value of many other people in their fight against injustice.”
Field Marshal and his charity, the Colin Kaepernick Foundation, work to combat oppression around the world through education and social activism, such as free “Know Your Rights” camps, where Young people are educated and empowered, explains the AI statement.
Upon receiving the award, Kaepernick thanked him for his designation and stated that he shares this recognition “with the countless people around the world who combat the human rights violations committed by police officers, and the excessive and repressive use of force” .
The award was presented on April 21 in Amsterdam, and Eric Reid, also a professional football player and former teammate of Kaepernick, was in charge of presenting this award.