Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may still be jobless but he will soon be enshrined at the Smithsonian Institution.
The controversial NFL player became a lightning rod for criticism last season over his protests against the American flag and comments critical of law enforcement.
Kaepernick who at the time was in danger of not even making his team, rocketed to stardom with the far left and social justice warriors who lionized him over his refusal to stand during the pregame playing of the national anthem.
Now his jersey and gear will be added to an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The sprawling, Washington D.C. based collection of museums are often referred to as the “nation’s attic” for the 150 million + items on display are a big tourist attraction with tens of millions of visitors annually. Soon social justice warrior visitors will be able to make the pilgrimage to pay tribute to their hero and even better yet – admission is free.
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It should come as no surprise that as plans for the National Museum of African American History and Culture were developed a few years ago, director Lonnie Bunch reached out to Harry Edwards for input.
The eminent sociologist, himself a piece of walking history, helped with a game-changers exhibit that illuminates the impact of sports figures at the Smithsonian’s newest attraction.
Of course, history continues to evolve, which is why Colin Kaepernick – who jarred America’s consciousness last season by first sitting and then taking a knee during the national anthem – is expected to ultimately be featured in a display at the Smithsonian.
Late last year, not long after the museum opened, Edwards donated a collection of items relating to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and urged curators to, well, put them on exhibit, ASAP.
“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’ ” Edwards told USA TODAY Sports. “ ‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.’ ”
Kaepernick’s views on the country, cops and admiration for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro earned him accolades from the radical left and many a gushing tribute by liberal, race-obsessed ESPN commentators. He even made the cover of Time magazine – which doesn’t say much considering how much of a propaganda rag that it has now become – but for a brief while, he was a man of the times.
But while he was adored by the extremists on the left, he turned off millions whose traditional views of America clashed with the message that Kaepernick was putting out that their country was a racist hellhole in which police were predators, the flag was something to be spat on and sticking it to the man was a higher virtue than hard work.
NFL television ratings tanked as fans who didn’t appreciate their sports poisoned by radical leftist politics tuned out. The 49ers finished with a dismal 2-14 record and quickly cut ties with the Che Guevara in their locker room.
By all indications Kaepernick has also rendered himself radioactive to prospective employers unwilling to deal with the distribution. In recent weeks Kaepernick’s backup – the immortal Blaine Gabbert – signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals and several quarterbacks of lesser talent have also landed deals.
While many are squealing in outrage that the oppressed millionaire has been blackballed over his political stance, their idol is only reaping the rewards for bringing negative publicity and financial losses to his employers. But hey, he’s gonna be in the Smithsonian!
There is of as yet no formal announcement on when Kaepernick’s gear will officially be put on display.