Colin Kaepernick hasn’t sat for an interview in a while. The football star and human rights activist rarely makes public appearances. He hasn’t spoken in depth publicly about his life; his adoption as an infant by a white family (and how that shaped him); or his longtime partner, Nessa.
He is the man whose kneeling was seen around the world.
As is the case with many transcendent figures before him, the public has tried to invent a narrative culled from bits and pieces of fleeting video, pictures, rumors, and unidentified sources. Indeed, many have tried to hijack Colin’s narrative. All have failed.
In the words of writer Audre Lorde, Colin is “deliberate and afraid of nothing.” He is smart, confident, a bit shy, and empathetic. All the qualities you would be unsurprised to find in a leader, or perhaps an elite quarterback.
Colin’s background has no doubt influenced him. He brings elements of it to his upcoming Netflix biopic series, Colin in Black & White, which delves into race, class, and culture, and premieres Oct. 29.