Frank Serpico stands in support of Colin Kaepernick

21 August, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Douglas Reid
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"The National Museum of African American History and Culture has almost 40,000 items in our collection", Damion Thomas, the Washington museum's sports curator, told USA Today Sports.

As the football season nears and Kaepernick remains a "free agent" men and women from the force came together to show their support for the former quarterback.

His backers say NFL team owners have blackballed Kaepernick because he staged a one-man protest last season on behalf of African-Americans and other minorities - by kneeling instead of standing for the national anthem before each week's game.

Colin Kaepernick may still be without a team, but he's finding support among some former NYPD police officers.

The gathering at Brooklyn Bridge Park featured roughly 80 officers, according to the New York Times.

While almost all of those who gathered were a minority, one exception came in the form of 81-year-old retired NYPD detective Frank Serpico, who is known for his work in exposing deep corruption in the NYPD more than 40 years ago.

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"He's trying to hold up this government, up to our founding fathers", said Serpico, 81. According to the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta NAACP is among groups calling for a formal boycott against the National Football League due to its treatment of Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, brought controversy when he chose to kneel during the national anthem prior to NFL games in protest of racism in America.

Some have confused Colin Kaepernick's stance against police violence as an edict against police.

When Al Pacino asked Serpico why he made a decision to take on the cause, he replied: 'I guess I would have to say it would be because...if I didn't, who would I be when I listened to a piece of music?'

"What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation unfortunately has ignored for far too long", Raymond told the New York Daily News.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick said past year.

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