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Colin Kaepernick announces he will donate $1 million to charities

He’s protesting the national anthem and backing it up with some action

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still openly protesting the national anthem and refusing “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” But he is not all show or talk. He’s also donating the first $1 million he makes this season to different organizations.

Just before the 49ers played the San Diego Chargers in a preseason game Thursday night, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem. He was met with a few boos during the game, but that didn’t deter him from announcing his new benevolent efforts.

After his team went on to defeat the Chargers 31-21, Kaepernick discussed his decision.

“I am planning to take it a step further. I’m currently working with organizations to be involved, and making sure I’m actively in these communities, as well as donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people,” Kaepernick said.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given the opportunities to succeed.”

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.