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Colin Kaepernick To Release New Book Calling To 'Abolish The Police'

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Colin Kaepernick To Release New Book Calling To 'Abolish The Police'

Colin Kaepernick is set to publish a new book, titled "Abolition For The People: The Movement For A Future Without Policing And Prisons".

The book is due for release in October of this year and features 30 personal essays from prominent black artists who touch on what life would be like without a militarised police force.

Credit: Kaepernick Publishing
Credit: Kaepernick Publishing

And while the other 29 writers remain unknown at this time, it's understood former NFL player Kaepernick is one of the accounts while also serving as the book's editor.

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"The omnipresent threat of premature death at the hands, knees, chokeholds, tasers, and guns of law enforcement has only further engrained its anti-Black foundation into the institutions of policing," Kaepernick said.

"In order to eradicate anti-Blackness, we must also abolish the police. The abolition of one without the other is impossible."

Colin Kaepernick. Credit: PA
Colin Kaepernick. Credit: PA

Kaepernick first protested about police brutality and racism back in 2016 when he remained seated during the national anthem prior to a San Fransisco 49ers' pre-season game.

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"It is to protest the injustices that are happening in America, the oppression that is happening in America," Kaepernick told reporters at the time.

And after speaking to U.S. Army veteran and fellow NFL player Nate Boyer, Kaepernick decided it was more appropriate to kneel as a sign of respect for the military and did so with his 49ers teammate Eric Reid the following game.

Since then, the ex-quarterback has continued to use his platform in a bid to combat racial injustices.

It looked like he was on the brink of an NFL comeback last year when he was invited to practice in front of a number of team scouts, but nothing eventuated from it.

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One person who has successfully secured a return ticket to the NFL is Tim Tebow after signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end.

But the fact that Tebow was swiftly picked up by a team and Kaepernick wasn't sparked outrage among some football fans and experts.

Hollywood star Steven Pasquale tweeted: "Tim Tebow finding a team and Colin Kaepernick can't. White privilege NFL style."

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While fellow actor Grant Liffman added: "There is no scenario in which Tim Tebow provides more use on the football field than Colin Kaepernick. Absolutely zero."

As music artist Ron Placone said: "The fact that religious chauvinist, Tim Tebow, gets another shot at the NFL before Colin Kaepernick does proves once and for all it's not about talent and never was."

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Topics: American Football, Racism, NFL, Australia

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