Colin Kaepernick has yet to be invited to the National Football League, but Netflix greets him with open arms. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who started a movement when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality, has teamed up with the author and director Ava DuVernay for a Netflix series with six episodes. The show “Colin in Black & White” focuses on the athlete’s teenage years.
Michael Starrbury (“When you see us”) Wrote the series and will act alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick as the executive producer who will tell the episodes.
The show centers on Kaepernick’s life as a black child, who grew up in Northern California with a white adoptive family, and his path to becoming a professional quarterback.
“Too often we see race and black stories represented by a white lens,” said Kaepernick in a statement. “We try to give a new perspective to the different realities that black people face. We are investigating the racial conflicts that I faced as an adopted black in a white community during my school days. “
The series was designed in 2019. Starrbury finished the screenplays in May.
In 2016 Kaepernick started to kneel at the beginning of N.F.L. Games that cause other athletes in and outside of football to do the same. His actions aroused the anger of President Trump, who suggested firing those who weren’t for the national anthem. Kaepernick terminated his contract in March 2017 and was not hired by any other team. This prompted the quarterback, who brought the 49ers to the Super Bowl 2012, a complaint against the N.F.L. as the 32 teams had worked together to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick and the N.F.L. settled the dispute in 2019, but it remains unsigned.
His activism has received renewed attention following the murder of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
“With his protest, Colin Kaepernick set fire to a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him personally,” said DuVernay in a statement. “Colin’s story has a lot to say about identity, sport, and the persistent spirit of protest and resilience.”