Published by his own publishing company, Colin Kaepernick will publish 30 essays in the next four weeks, with the series called: “Abolition for the People: The Movement for the Future Without Policing and Prisons.”
The first essay, released last Tuesday and written by Kaepernick himself, reflects on this year’s protests that followed from the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as his focus for the upcoming essays.
The quarterback had been protesting throughout the 2016 NFL season, in which he comments on in his first essay.
“It’s been four years since I first protested during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.
“At the time, my protest was tethered to my understanding that something was not right.”
Kaepernick chose to kneel during the national anthem as protest against racism at the time.
Kaepernick expresses his experiences at the time further, saying: “I saw black death all around me at the hands of the police. I saw little to no accountability for police officers who had murdered them.
“It is not a matter of bad apples spoiling the bunch but interlocking systems that are rotten to their core.”
Kaepernick further added: “Systematic problems require systematic solutions.”
Kaepernick also writes about the benefits of the abolishing of police and prisons.
“By abolishing policing and prisons, not only can we eliminate white supremacist establishments, but we can create space for budgets to be reinvested directly into communities.”
This reinvestment will address ‘mental health needs, homelessness, access to education, and job creation as well as community-based methods of accountability.’
Each week the essays published by Kaepernick will have different themes that includes abolishing prison systems and the police.
Later essays will also tackle issues such as white supremacy and “the execution of blacks and people of colour,” Kaepernick said.
Kaepernick’s NFL career started in 2011, when he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the draft.
After a quiet first season, playing as a backup to quarterback Alex Smith, Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in just his second season.
When told the franchise were looking to release him, Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 and has been a free agent since.
He is now a leader in the fight against racism.