NFL player Colin Kaepernick (Go 49ers!!…Sike…I’m team G-men all the way, Giants that is.) may be best known for what he doesn’t do. Like not standing at attention when the national anthem is sung with Old Glory waving in the background.
Because the quarterback refuses to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” says Kaepernick. Oh, police brutality against unarmed Black men and women are also still a major thing. If you haven’t noticed.
Yet, the baller and Nessa of MTV’s Girl Code, will stand for giving back to kids in need. Hence, their $60,000 dollar purchase of Nike backpacks for schoolkids in Harlem and South Bronx.
Nessa wrote about the couple’s generous donation on her site Nessa on Air:
“When we looked at everything when it comes to supplies, we found backpacks were an investment for most parents. As for the student, we wanted to ensure we found one that could last for more than a year and that was sturdy, durable and versatile for students to use for books, sports equipments or art materials, and traveling.”
The backpacks were distributed on Thursday to Harlem RBI’s Dream Charter School middle school and Patterson Family Day in the Bronx, where Nessa chit chatted with students about the importance of staying in school.
Unfortunately, Kaepernick was away at football camp to attend the events, but talked to the kids through video chat.
Below is what Kaepernick had to say about his contribution to the children.
“We must invest in our youth because they are the future leaders of our community. I want them to know that we appreciate and care for them. In doing so, we must provide all the necessary tools for them to succeed and I will do whatever I can to ensure we do that as a community.”
That’s right. C.K. is only getting started with his philanthropy. Last month he vowed to donate the first $1 million he makes to various charities to help communites in need.
But please mainstream media continue to report on his protest–that has its own effect.