Colin Kaepernick has a prominent new teammate in the NFL national anthem demonstration he started in 2016 — on a publication covering, at least.
The recently completed New Yorker features civil right president Martin Luther King Jr . kneeling with the former NFL quarterback alongside Seattle Seahawks defensive point and activist Michael Bennett.
The artist, Mark Ulriksen, told the magazine he was inspired by one question: “I requested myself, What would King be doing if he were around today? ”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Jan. 15, more than a year since Kaepernick played his last-place game as an NFL player. Kaepernick started kneeling during the pregame national anthem to protest racial injustice and was subsequently acceded to by a number of other players in the demonstration. He remains unsigned after becoming a free agent in March 2017.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Kaepernick is not being blackballed for his demoes, but Kaepernick filed a grudge in October accusing team owners of conspiracy. President Donald Trump had already stoked the contention by declaring that protesting musicians should be fired.
Kaepernick has since been honored with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for his activism.
“I’m glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are stimulating it political, ” Ulriksen said. “I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow tempo of progress. Two paces forward, 20 stairs back. Or 10 yards back, as the metaphor may be.”