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.”
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We need each other now more than ever. I’m donating $100,000 to the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund. This Fund was created to raise money and awareness to the disproportionate impact this pandemic is having on Black and Brown communities. Join us in our mission 🖤✊🏾 Use the hashtag #WeGotUs and tag @yourrightscamp after you donate so we can show you some love — link in bio!
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.”
Structural racism makes Black & Brown ppl more likely to die from #COVID19. @kaepernick7 launched the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to directly impact the disproportionate effect #coronavirus is having on our communities. #WeGotUs 🖤✊🏾 Donate: https://t.co/drZYeE3a3O pic.twitter.com/vZwsu38nro— Know Your Rights Camp (@yourrightscamp) April 16, 2020
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.
Your donations at work - stimulating the local economy by partnering with @blendastoria to purchase and deliver 300 meals to our essential heroes today to Mercy Medical Center on behalf of @kaepernick7 and the KYRC COVID-19 Relief Fund ♥️Thank you for all that you do! #wegotus pic.twitter.com/mgLOEsBlLd— Know Your Rights Camp (@yourrightscamp) April 17, 2020
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 the Current Populations Survey, Black workers are 50% more likely to work in healthcare & 40% more likely to work in hospitals, compared to white workers. https://t.co/H1Rc4hKkxF pic.twitter.com/wJvYyE4R3Y— Know Your Rights Camp (@yourrightscamp) April 17, 2020
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.