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Colin Kaepernick in controversy again, but not for sports but Netflix docudrama Colin in Black and White

The limited docudrama series on Netflix is created by the winner of the Emmy, Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick. It stars Jaden Michael, Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker. 

Colin Kaepernick in controversy again, but not for sports but Netflix docudrama Colin in Black and White

Colin in Black and White

  • Akhila Damodaran

Last Updated: 01.54 PM, Nov 01, 2021

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Former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick has landed in the soup again. In the recently released docudrama series on Netflix Colin in Black and White, Kaepernick has compared the NFL process to slavery and this has not gone down well with many people. He is now being slammed for making such comparisons. 

In the opening scene of the limited series, the quarterback-turned-activist explains the process of getting into the league with a reenacted scene of players practising on the fields while coaches and officials look on. He narrates the scene and says players are "paraded out" in front of coaches, scouts and owners. He goes on to say coaches will tell players they want their guys to be warriors, killers, beasts and animals on the gridiron. The next scene shows black players running in the field and then standing to be auctioned after teams 'poke, prod and examine you' and 'search for any defect', without showing any respect or dignity. He insists that players are then groomed to be a part of the 'slave system'. 

These comparisons of the activist have invited the wrath of many people including NFL players after the clip from the series went viral on social media. Super Bowl Champion and US Representative Burgess Owen took to Twitter to blast Kaepernick. He wrote: "How dare @Kaepernick compares the evil endured by so many of our ancestors to a bunch of millionaires who CHOSE to play game." Matt Walsh called him a 'shameless con artist in modern American history'. 

Check the tweet here:

Jack Brewer, an evangelist and CEO of The Brewer Group, called Kaepernick's show 'evil and sickening'. In an interview with Fox News, he said Kaepernick has misused a great opportunity to spread positivity. "If some white people had not fought against racism, there still would have been slavery," he said. He also called out to Netflix for bringing out a show with 'anti-American spirit'. 

In 2016, Kaepernick became a household name after he took a knee during the national anthem at a game in protest against racial inequality and police brutality. His NFL career ended as no association signed him in. 

The show Colin in Black and White was released on October 29. It takes the viewers through the journey of Colin before he became the NFL star and an advocate for social justice.