Colin Kaepernick is sticking to his pledge to donate $1 million to his cause and to detailing where the money will be spent.
The 49ers quarterback, who has commandeered a national spotlight by kneeling during his team’s pregame national anthem ceremony in protest of how minorities are treated in this country, has said he will donate $100,000 per month to like-minded groups.
His website, www.Kaepernick7.com, shows where the money for October and November has gone. He’s spent $25,000 each on two groups in San Jose, which is close to the 49ers headquarters; $25,000 each on two groups in Milwaukee, where he was born; $25,000 each on two groups in New York, where his girlfriend lives; and $25,000 for a group in Chicago and one in Dallas.
The group in Dallas is called Mothers Against Police Brutality, and many of the charities Kaepernick has chosen focus on law enforcement issues in their communities.
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When he announced plans for the website in September, Kaepernick said it would have an itemized list of where every dollar has gone.
“To make sure not only that I’m transparent in what I’m doing, but (also) that these organizations are transparent with where the money is going as well,” Kaepernick said.
His protests have roiled the country, with some athletes, many in high school and younger, adopting his stance and others offended that he would disrespect a national symbol. President-elect Donald Trump suggested Kaepernick find a better country if he’s unhappy with this one.
Also controversial was the quarterback’s admission earlier this month that he didn’t vote in the recent election. The Sacramento Bee subsequently reported that Kaepernick, 29, never has registered to vote.
In response he said, “There’s more than one way to create change.”
In addition to his donations, Kaepernick held a “Know Your Rights” seminar for young people in Oakland during his team’s bye week that addressed police brutality and gave advice on education, finances, health and fitness.