NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick referred to as for further protests against racial injustice, after he won a prestigious award for his contributions to black historical past and tradition.
Kaepernick, who has now not performed because the 2016 season, was once the primary participant to kneel throughout the USA nationwide anthem.
Other avid gamers adopted swimsuit, resulting in complaint from President Donald Trump.
“It is our duty to fight for them and we’re going to continue to fight for them,” mentioned the 30-year-old.
Receiving the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University, he added: “I think it isn’t best my duty however all of our obligations that as people who find themselves in positions of privilege, in positions of energy, we proceed to struggle for them, uplift them, empower them.
“If we do not, we turn into complicit in the issue.”
Players who refused to face throughout The Star-Spangled Banner have mentioned the protests had been against police brutality of African Americans and racial inequality.
Kaepernick has been with no crew since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017.
He has filed a criticism against NFL crew homeowners he claims conspired to not rent him as a result of his protests and has turn into the face of a brand new Nike promoting marketing campaign.