Colin Kaepernick Teams Up With Ava Duvernay

Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick receives the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 from Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty, right, and colleague Eric Reid, left, in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick receives the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 from Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty, right, and colleague Eric Reid, left, in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played an NFL game in almost two years, but his presence is being felt now more than ever. Director Ava DuVernay is reportedly working on a TV comedy series with Kaepernick that focuses on his high school life. DuVernay has long been a supporter of Kaepernick and his activism. He was the first player in the NFL to kneel during the national anthem to protest systematic racism and police brutality. The protest spread and led to backlash from fans and media.

“I think his actions have been inspiring to so many people. I see what he’s done as art,” DuVernay said of Kaepernick. “I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist. You know a lot of people excel at creativity. Making TV, movies, painting, writing books, but you can be an artist in your own life. Civil-rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there. If you can imagine something that is not there and endeavor to make it be there, to manifest your imagination? That’s an artist’s spirit,” she said.

Kaepernick was adopted by a white couple not long after his birth and hails from Turlock, California. The series will focus on his time as an athlete at John H. Pitman High School.

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