Colin Kaepernick has but to be invited again to the National Football League, however Netflix is welcoming him with open arms. The former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who sparked a motion when he knelt through the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality has joined forces with the writer-director Ava DuVernay for a six-episode Netflix sequence. The present, “Colin in Black & White,” will heart on the athlete’s teenage years.
Michael Starrbury (“When They See Us”) wrote the sequence and can function govt producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick, who will narrate the episodes.
The present facilities on Kaepernick’s life as a Black youngster rising up in Northern California with a white adopted household and his journey to turning into knowledgeable quarterback.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick mentioned in a press release. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community during my high school years.”
The sequence was conceived in 2019. Starrbury accomplished the scripts in May.
In 2016, Kaepernick began kneeling at first of N.F.L. video games, prompting different athletes out and in of soccer to do the identical. His actions drew the ire of President Trump, who advised that those that didn’t stand for the nationwide anthem ought to be fired. Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 and was not employed by some other staff. This prompted the quarterback, who took the 49ers to the 2012 Super Bowl, to file a grievance in opposition to the N.F.L., alleging that the 32 groups colluded to maintain him out of the league. Kaepernick and the N.F.L. settled the dispute in 2019, but he stays unsigned.
His activism has obtained renewed consideration within the wake of the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests in opposition to police brutality and systemic racism.
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally,” DuVernay mentioned in a press release. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience.”