(National Sentinel) Tone Deaf: Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s most notable claim to fame is that he is the one who inspired scores of other players to either kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before games or to sit on the bench in protest of alleged abuses by police officers against persons of color.
Having not been resigned to a team since the protests began and since he left the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick has since become involved in so-called “social justice” projects.
The former quarterback has pledged to raise $1 million for various social justice causes but as the Washington Times reports, his latest fundraising effort is raising more than a few eyebrows while also sparking renewed anger.
He announced Friday that he’d raised $20,000 for Assata’s Daughters, named after convicted accomplice in the murder of a police officer, Assata Shakur, through matching donations from his celebrity friends as part of his Million Dollar Pledge.
The paper reported further:
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback announced that comedian Hannibal Buress and actress Yara Shahidi would both donate $10,000 to Assata’s Daughters, which says it “carries on the tradition of radical liberatory activism encompassed by Assata Shakur.”
The pledges were linked to a previous donation made by Mr. Kaepernick, who announced in April he would give $25,000 to the Chicago-based group as part of his campaign to give $1 million to organizations “working in oppressed communities.”
A “direct action” advocacy group, Assata’s Daughters took its name from Assata Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, a Black Liberation Army member convicted in the 1977 shooting death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster.
She escaped from prison in 1979 and traveled to Cuba, where she was granted asylum. She is currently on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted Terrorists” list.
“Foerster was killed in a shootout with three BLA activists on the New Jersey Turnpike that resulted in the death of BLA activist Zayd Shakur and bullet wounds to Assata Shakur and state trooper James Harper,” the Times reported.
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