A new six-part documentary series about the activist and football player, Colin Kaepernick has been commissioned by streaming service, Netflix.
Titled “Colin in Black & White”, the scripted series will be produced by renowned filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Kaepernick will centre around his adolescent life.
“The series will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,” Netflix said in a news release. The show aims to provide an “introspective look” at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up in his White adoptive family and his road to becoming a talented NFL quarterback while “defining his identity.”
Kaepernick will feature in the series as narrator of his own story.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a White lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a White community, during my high school years. It’s an honour to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”
Kaepernick famously led the ‘take a knee’ protests during performances of the national anthem in 2016 to bring attention to police violence and racial injustice. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has not played for a football team since 2016 after he was ostracized for his no violent protest, he was let go by his team and unsigned by any other team. He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, alleging he was not signed due to his protests. He later settled for an undisclosed amount.
All that is about to change as there are conversations happening with friends and associates of the free-agent quarterback, following a viral apology from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.