The Colin Kaepernick Reading List
Activism is about education as much as it is about action. So we had two of Kaepernick’s closest friends, @cfpetrella and #leftsentthis, supply the resources—books, essays, movies, and music.
At a time in our nation’s history when inflammatory debates over the purpose, scope, and legacy of black protest and white backlash have taken a front-row seat in our collective consciousness, we argue that the need for elevated public discourse supported by accurate depictions of history could not be greater. In service of this goal, we have compiled a list of “Freedom Dream” resources spanning close to two centuries—including books, essays, films, documentaries, songs, and museums—that can help readers, viewers, and listeners to understand race as the central political, cultural, economic, social, and geographic organizing principle of our nation, past and present. For it is only when we acknowledge the centrality of race in dictating the outcomes of life and death in the United States can we begin to work toward meaningful forms of racial justice.
Not only do the following resources reflect the ideas, feelings, histories, and theories to which Colin Kaepernick has drawn attention through his activism and philanthropy, but they also represent the thematic basis of many of our personal conversations with him over the past few years.
* “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”
Frederick Douglass (1852)
* Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Harriet Jacobs (1861)
* Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1892)
* The Mis-Education of the Negro
Carter G. Woodson (1933)
* The Wretched of the Earth
Frantz Fanon (1961)
* The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin (1963)
Check out the full list on GQ.com