Colin Kaepernick has yet to be invited back to the National Football League, yet Netflix is actually welcoming him with open arms. The former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who sparked a movement when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality along with racial inequality has joined forces with the writer-director Ava DuVernay for a six-episode Netflix series. The show, “Colin in Black & White,” will center on the athlete’s teenage years.
Michael Starrbury (“When They See Us”) wrote the series along with will serve as executive producer alongside DuVernay along with Kaepernick, who will narrate the episodes.
The show centers on Kaepernick’s life as a Black child growing up in Northern California which has a white adopted family along with his journey to becoming a professional quarterback.
“Too often we see race along with Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “We seek to give completely new perspective to the differing realities that will 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 series was conceived in 2019. Starrbury completed the scripts in May.
In 2016, Kaepernick started off kneeling at the start of N.F.L. games, prompting various other athletes in along with out of football to do the same. His actions drew the ire of President Trump, who suggested that will those who didn’t stand for the national anthem should be fired. Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 along with was not hired by any various other team. This specific prompted the quarterback, who took the 49ers to the 2012 Super Bowl, to file a grievance against the N.F.L., alleging that will the 32 teams colluded to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick along with the N.F.L. settled the dispute in 2019, yet he remains unsigned.
His activism has received renewed attention inside the wake of the killing of George Floyd along with nationwide protests against police brutality along with systemic racism.
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race along with justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture along with for him, personally,” DuVernay said in a statement. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports along with the enduring spirit of protest along with resilience.”