Colin Kaepernick Says White Parents Pushed ‘Black’ Back
In a new interview, Colin Kaepernick is getting candid about the struggles he faced as a black child of white adoptive parents.
The controversial football player, who has been known to speak out about racism, held nothing back when he spoke about his struggles growing up in a “troubled” household, despite excelling in baseball, basketball and football at Pitman High School in California.
He spilled the tea during a television appearance to discuss his graphic memoir, “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game.”
Colin Kaepernick has opened up about the ‘pushback’ he received from his adoptive parents over his hair
When Colin was adopted by a white couple from Wisconsin – Rick and Teresa – he never expected that his “blackness” would be a problem for them. However, that’s exactly what he experienced with the couple, who have two biological children – a daughter, Devon, and a son, Kyle.
Before going into the details of what happened in his childhood home, the 35-year-old explained that while he knew his parents loved him, there were “still very problematic things” he experienced.
One such thing was the pushback he received from his mother when he wanted to get corn. The matriarch called the hairstyle ‘unprofessional’ while claiming it would make her look ‘a bit thug’.
Instead of confronting him, the conversation led to his decision to grow his hair long, which became his now signature afro. “I think it was important to show, ‘No, this can happen in your own home.’ And how do we move forward together while dealing with persistent racism,” he stated. CBS News.
Racial dissonance at home inspired the free agent to find community elsewhere, eventually following his football career because of the league’s significant number of black players.
Despite his bravery in the game, Colin has not played on the field since 2016, when he knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
Prior to that, the Wisconsin-born star made waves for remaining seated while teammates and others sang the national anthem before this year’s preseason game.
“You know, it’s very similar to the message of the book, that I can’t control these situations.” But I’m in control of how I react to it, I’m in control of how I prepare for it, and I believe that good things happen in the process,” Colin added.
Although he backed out of his contract with the 49ers in 2017 and recently settled a lawsuit with the National Football League, the civil rights activist still plans to play. In his words:
“I still get up at 4:30 five or six days a week; I’m going to the training. Yes, that passion is still there and the ability is still there.”
The Ambassador of Conscience awardee welcomed her first child last year
While Colin continues to channel his activist spirit in the right direction, his personal life is taking big leaps. The explosion reported that Colin and longtime partner Nessa Diab were ecstatic when they welcomed their first child together last August.
The then-new mom took to Instagram to share a black-and-white photo of herself smiling as she rested on her beau’s shoulder and supported her arm.
Colin, clutching the bundle of joy to his bare, tattooed chest in his arms, smiled into the camera. In her caption, the television personality informed fans that she and the former quarterback welcomed their baby a few weeks ago.
Diab explained that while they were excited about the addition of their family, she was hesitant to share the good news online. After touching on her postpartum recovery, which she admitted wasn’t easy and described herself as a “total mama bear,” the Know Your Rights Camp co-founder exclaimed:
“Colin is the most amazing dad and I’m so grateful to have him by our side every moment of this journey.”
He ended the caption by appreciating people’s support and outpouring of love, along with a signature tag: “Love the Kaepernicks.” The post received more than 155,000 likes and thousands of congratulatory messages in the comments section.
“So happy for you and Colin, welcome to the world baby. “You’re here to make things much better,” one fumed. Another person said: “I’m so happy for you and your family,” and “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin claimed she was “over the moon” for the couple.