"I am not going to stand up to show pride for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." These words were spoken by none other than American civil rights activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he addressed the press as to why he'd been refusing to stand during the national anthem at professional football games throughout 2016. "To me,"he said, "this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way." These protests against police brutality and social injustice would eventually cost Kap his career in the league, but not before making him an icon for selfless activism. Created by Colin Kaepernick and Ava Duvernay, and starring Jaden Michael (pictured above) and Kaepernick as himself, the Netflix original limited series Colin in Black and Whitegives us all the pleasure and privilege of seeing how this young biracial adoptee growing up in a mostly white California neighborhood became the social justice hero he is today.
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