This week, TIME magazine will feature an NFL player on its cover and that player is none other than San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick has been in the headlines since Week 3 of the NFL preseason, when he refused to stand for the national anthem in order to begin a protest to end systemic racism and social inequality in America.
Since then, Kaepernick’s protest has sparked a much-needed national debate.
Now, Kaepernick will grace the cover of the magazine that will include the feature story, “The perilous fight. How national anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick are fueling a debate.”
Check out the unveiling of the cover below:
— TIME (@TIME) September 22, 2016
It is great to see that Kaepernick’s message is being heard.
Since Kaepernick first took his stance against social injustice, he has been joined by a number of players across the league and even those in other sports, like USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe.
People may not have initially agreed with Kaepernick’s method of protest, but he has started a conversation that many have needed to hear. If people aren’t willing to make themselves uncomfortable, they’ll never be willing to understand others and grow.
Let’s hope positive change will come as Kaepernick and others continue to take a stand.