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Kid’s Book With Colin Kaepernick Pictured In Illustration Addresses Racism

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

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Former NFL quarterback and Nike brand ambassador Colin Kaepernick has been talked about heavily over the past month or so and it has further cemented his status as America’s most polarizing figure in 2018.

Nike made a risky bet on the 30-year-old athlete-turned-social activist and it ended up striking a goldmine for the athletics apparel giant.

According to the New York Post, Nike merchandise has been selling out on its first day of availability at an increased rate of 61 percent. Also, the publicly-traded company’s stock value has swelled tremendously in the process.

Earlier this month, Nike decided to make Kaepernick the face of its inspiring ad campaign, which infuriated whites in America. Many of them posted videos of themselves online burning their own Nike merchandise in fits of unbridled racist savagery. However, the threat of a boycott from the inhabitants of Trump Country did not stop Nike’s momentum.

One of the people who has been inspired by Kaepernick’s riveting story and social activism is a children’s book author and illustrator named Anastasia Higginbotham (pictured center). Higginbotham just released a book this month for children titled Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness.

A September 18 report by stated that Higginbotham was in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area of North Dakota and Minnesota to read her new book to children. Kaepernick is pictured in her book and for definition, she uses a life-sized cardboard cutout of the former NFL star taking a knee while she does the same thing as she reads to children.

“Colin Kaepernick kneels for justice; he kneels for an end to police brutality; he kneels for equity in education and economic justice. So I’m going to kneel next to him as I read,” she said during her children’s book tour.

Higginbotham stresses in her book (which she wrote and illustrated) that racism is a problem, which for the most part is perpetuated by white people. She also stresses that a bulk of responsibility falls on white parents of school-aged white children to break the cycle of racism that has been propagated in America for centuries.

You can purchase Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness on here.

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