Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL’s draft process to a slave auction in his new Netflix special – with black “athletes” in chains and their white “owners” whipping them.
The former NFL player uses the analogy in his drama series “Colin in Black & White” to portray the league’s draft process and training camp.
“What they do not want you to understand is what is being established is a dynamic of power,” said Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
“Before they put you on the field, stick, plug and examine the teams looking for any defect that may affect your performance. No borderline respect. No dignity is intact. “
The Netflix special then cuts to a series of black actors playing NFL prospects who turn into slaves at an auction with chains on. In the scene, white slave owners greet the men and whip them.
“Look at this! Come on! Who wants this?” shouts the auctioneer.
Critics challenged the slavery comparison on social media.
“How dare @ Kaepernick7 compare the evil that so many of our ancestors endured to a bunch of millionaires who CHOOSE to play games,” wrote Utah GOP Representative Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, on Twitter.
Radio host Clay Travis added: “Colin Kaepernick compares the NFL combination, which gives all players of all races a voluntary chance to become multi-millionaires, with slavery.
“Anyone who still defends this imbecile lacks a functional brain.”
Netflix released the limited series on Friday, billing the thesis to tell of Kapernick’s “formative years in which he navigated race, class and culture while striving for greatness.”
Kaepernick created controversy in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem at battles to protest police violence and racism in the United States. He left the NFL the same year and has not been signed to a team since.