Ex-professional football player Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national debate when he protested against racial injustice by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem, is about to add a new title to his name: author.
Kaepernick announced he will publish a memoir later this year, calling it “part political awakening and part memoir.” He said it would examine the life experiences that led him to risk his NFL career in one silent act of protest.
“My protest was the culmination of years of thought and experiences, of learning and unlearning. I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hope that it will inspire others to rise in action.”
It’s doubtful that his book will cover the part of the U.S. Constitution which gives him the right to free speech, and the freedom extended to everyone else to pursue happiness by not watching him dishonor the nation that guarantees both rights.
And it’s unlikely he’ll critically analyze acts of injustice across the nation, including the findings by a Harvard researcher that whites are more likely than blacks to be shot by police, even after accounting for population and neighborhoods. Although blacks are more likely to suffer less serious assaults.
No title or release date for the memoir was announced. If he wanted, Kaepernick could start a social media campaign asking the public for title suggestions.
Kaepernick says he still wants a chance to play in the NFL, which suggests his new book could be called, “How To Know What You Want and Still Do Everything You Can To Make It Not Happen.”
It’s probably too long to catch on.