Colin Kaepernick Donating $100,000 To Coronavirus Relief Fund For Communities Of Color

Colin Kaepernick Donating $100,000 To Coronavirus Relief Fund For Communities Of Color

Former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick donated $100,000 toward aid for communities of color affected by coronavirus—who he says, “are being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 because of hundreds of years of structural racism.”

Kaepernick posted a video to spread awareness on Twitter last Thursday: “Structural racism makes Black & Brown ppl more likely to die from #COVID19.”

“We’ve launched the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to directly impact the disproportionate effect #coronavirus is having on our communities.”

The relief fund will be managed through Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, and will provide food, education, shelter, and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide support to incarcerated people, according to its website.

Official racial and ethnic data on coronavirus infections from individual states is forthcoming, but disparate rates of sickness and death have been documented in communities of color. A recent Reuters report found that African-Americans are more likely to die of COVID-19 than any other group in the U.S.

Kaepernick’s video states “poorer areas which are mostly Black and Brown have the heaviest number of patients that have been affected.”

These communities typically have more individuals dealing with pre-existing conditions, work that cannot be done from home, and less support from doctors, plus less access to high-quality testing and medical care. Misinformation stating that POC people can’t contract the virus has also been spread.

According to HuffPost, David R. Williams, a Harvard University professor specializing in the relationship between race and health said, “African Americans are not doing poorly because of their genes, they’re doing poorly because of the policies we’ve created that constrain their access to resources.”

The Know Your Rights Camp website provides information about how discrimination against communities of color causes real consequences that affect housing, employment, incarceration, and other parts of life that influence how these communities will be adversely affected by the pandemic.

“That’s why we’ve established the ‘Know Your Rights’ Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to help address these issues,” said Kaepernick. “We need each other now more than ever.”

The superstar athlete is famous for kneeling during the national anthem at football games in protest of racial injustice including police brutality toward African-Americans. Kaepernick became a free agent after kneeling throughout the 2016 season and remains unsigned by any NFL team.

In 2018, Kaepernick donated $1 million to organizations working to support underserved communities, and he continues his efforts to level the playing field for Americans who have suffered the effects of systemic racism for centuries.

Including Kaepernick’s donation, the fund for coronavirus related aid has risen above $250,000.

Written by Susan LaMarca