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‘I Color Myself Different’: Kaepernick to release children’s book focused on race

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Former NFL quarterback-turned-left-wing activist Colin Kaepernick is set to release a children’s book based on his life as a black child growing up with white parents, according to a Friday release from his company, Kaepernick Publishing.

The book, titled “I Color Myself Different,” focuses on a moment in his childhood when he took part in a drawing exercise in kindergarten.

A company press release says Kaepernick put away a yellow crayon he was using to draw his family to pick up a brown one when he was drawing himself.

“This moment crystallized for him the differences marked by his adoption, and how acknowledging those distinctions could encourage us all to be more accepting of ourselves and each other,” the release says.

The former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller, who upset millions of fans when he began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem and then took on a decidedly anti-police bent, said the book, due out next April, is “deeply personal.”

“I hope that it honors the courage and bravery of young people everywhere by encouraging them to live with authenticity and purpose,” he said, according to the release.

“I’m excited for Kaepernick Publishing to be collaborating with Scholastic on books with Black and Brown voices at the forefront. I hope that our books will inspire readers to walk through the world with confidence, strength, and truth in all they do,” he added.

“Colin Kaepernick’s inspiring story, with themes of identity, race, and self-esteem, will resonate deeply with all kids,” added Ellie Berger, the president and publisher at Scholastic Trade Publishing. “We are privileged to bring this work to young readers around the world for the very first time.”

In the release, Kaepernick’s company referred to police actions as “terrorism” while claiming he was “denied employment” in the NFL because of his opinions.

“Holder of the all-time NFL record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ in 2016 to bring attention to systemic oppressions, specifically police terrorism against Black and Brown people. For his stance, he has been denied employment by the league,” says the statement.

Another title published by the company, “Abolition For The People: The Movement For A Future Without Policing & Prisons,” is available for pre-order as is “I Color Myself Different.”

Most recently, Kaepernick supporters expressed outrage when former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, 33, who won the Heisman Trophy while playing at the University of Florida, was signed this spring to a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end, a position he has never played, after being out of professional football for a few years and not having played in a regular-season game since 2012.

Actor Steven Pasquale accused the league of “white privilege NFL style,” while former NFL linebacker Brandon Spikes complained about the “race bulls**t.”

“Tim Tebow finding a team and Colin Kaepernick can’t. White privilege NFL style. Tebow can’t throw, never could, never played TE, and hasn’t played in ..what …8 years? Explain it to me like I’m 5,” Pasquale wrote.

Jon Dougherty

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