Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Colin Kaepernick Just Won The Ambassador of Conscience Award

Colin Kaepernick Just Won The Ambassador of Conscience Award

Kaepernick began the NFL's "take a knee" national anthem demonstrations as a way of protesting policy brutality and racial inequality in the U.S.

Kaepernick wasn't signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco.

The former-San Francisco 49ers was present with the award by his ex-teammate Eric Reid, who also knelt in protest with Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick has suffered the consequences of his decision to kneel before the National Anthem in protest of "the criminalization of Black men and women in America. during his acceptance speech, Kaerpernick described the police killings of racial minorities in the United States as "lawful lynchings".

Other players followed suit, sparking criticism from President Donald Trump.

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Shetty said Kaepernick and Reid have displayed "immense courage" despite "vitriolic attacks" and "negative campaigns", adding that "not a single National Football League team is ready to now sign them on".

Kaepernick's midwifery in birthing a protest movement has likely cost him his career.

Kaepernick received Amnesty's Ambassador of Conscience Award, which recognises "individuals who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their lives and by example".

"Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy", Kaepernick said.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color", he said at the time.

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Amnesty hands its award each year to a person or organization, "dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others".

Although Kaepernick was the official recipient, he said in his speech that he shares the award with everyone in the world who combats "the human rights violations of police officers".

Kaepernick, a 49er from 2011-2016, joins the likes of South African president Nelson Mandela, who previously won the award.

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