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Kaepernick & America

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Star NFL quarterback rallies against U.S. racism; language.

Movie NR 2022 82 minutes
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Absolut garbage. Colin Kaepernick is an ungrateful, spineless, and shameless looser. Do not waist your time and money on anything he touches. He is a disease that never seem to go away, like syphilis.

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With this juxtaposed lens of a beloved biracial NFL quarterback and the conflicting culture in the country where he plays, this film doesn't fumble. Kaepernick & America kicks off with the backstory of the football star's ancestry as a transracial adopted kid. "As a child," says Kaepernick, "I would draw family pictures in kindergarten fully aware of the fact that I had to switch the color of the crayons when it came time to draw my skin and my hair." But in fourth grade, Kaepernick confidently writes a letter about the big dreams of going "to a good college in football…then go to the pros," and even cites the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers as his teams of choice.

"The idea of finding your true identity based on being biracial in this country is so challenging because you know that people are clocking and watching you and holding you to a higher and different standard than some of your other white peers and colleagues…and you better be the best or else," notes April Dinwoodie, a transracial adoption expert. During his professional career, Kaepernick is vilified for his stand to support the civil rights of racially-oppressed people through his taking a knee gesture during NFL games. "We have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with," says the football star, and Kaepernick & America flawlessly scores a touchdown with its perceptive play.

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