To those who believe that race talk, especially talk about racism that affects black people, has no place in sport, they could melt like the wicked witch of the west if they watch a future documentary that ESPN Films announced has recently started production. Colin Kaepernick teams up with Spike Lee and his 40 Acres and a Mule Productions on a four-part documentary about the life of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Just in case there’s a little puddle left for those upset about this, one of the producers of this documentary is Jemele Hill, host of the JEmele Hill is Unbeltered Podcast and a writer at The Atlantic Ocean.
In July 2020, ESPN announced that Kaepernick and his Ra Vision Media had signed a first-look deal with the Walt Disney company that includes not only the ESPN documentary, but a general deal that will show work by people of color across all Disney platforms.
This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time with the Super Bowl and Tom Brady’s retirement in the spotlight. news of the class action lawsuit filed by Brian Flores and his attorneys accusing the NFL of racist hiring practices. Kaepernick was out for not just the NFL, but society as a whole when he protested the abuse suffered by black people at the hands of the police following the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the summer of 2016. Needless to say, his fate. is likely the fate that will befall Flores, who will never work in the NFL again.
Since his release from the 49ers in 2017, Kaepernick has been largely silent in public. He gave a short speech later that year when he won Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. In 2021 he granted a interview nasty Ebony Magazine which was published in October prior to the premiere of his Netflix series, Colin in black and white he worked on with Ava DuVernay (from the critically acclaimed documentary) 13th). The series focused on Kaepernick’s time as a teenager raised by a white family, and he appeared on the series as the current narrator of his past.
In addition to the great opportunities his deal with Disney will bring to talented people who would otherwise struggle to get a job at a major entertainment company, we’ll finally get to hear in full what Kaepernick has to say about one of the most significant stories of the 21st century. He forced the nation to watch racism at the time of day when most of America is watching the same program: NFL football. He was willing to take on anything that came his way, and that included going from one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks to a glamor franchise with big endorsement deals to the NFL before age 30.
It is the unfortunate truth that many do not want to understand. Doing the right thing doesn’t always come with applause, and sometimes it even comes at a high cost. To believe in something, the world doesn’t have to take care of it like a dinner in honor of that thing. True faith is a willingness to fight because it is the right thing to do, and any cost is worth the fight. Flores is now going into battle. Kaepernick is still fighting and now he has the chance to take that fight to a big stage again.
Hopefully this documentary can show how an evil like racism can take people to a space where they are willing to throw their careers to the wind to fight it. It can be an opening for people who have only felt strong enough about something to be the ones who end the careers of others standing up for what is right. Or maybe those people are just melting in a puddle of irritability.