Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has promised to donate $1 million to organizations in "oppressed communities," but one donation in particular is raising eyebrows.
In April, the Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated $25,000 to Chicago-based Assata's Daughters, according to the foundation's website, kaepernick7.com. The group is named in honor of Assata Shakur, who was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 1973 killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
Shakur (aka Joanne Chesimard) escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she is believed to still be living in exile. The FBI currently lists Shakur as a "Most Wanted Terrorist" and is offering up to $1 million in reward money for information leading to her capture. She is considered "armed and dangerous."
Founded in 2015, Assata's Daughters' mission statement is to "develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata," via the group's website.
According to kaepernick7.com, the donation will include funding for teen workshops, a library, garden, and $2,500 for CopWatch, a program that trains volunteers to video police,
Thus far Kaepernick has donated $900,000 in grants to community organizations, including apolitical groups such as Meals on Wheels. But it's taken as a given that Kaepernick is currently out of the NFL because of his political stances. He's been both praised and criticized for his role in launching the controversial national anthem protests, and pulling stunts such as wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs. His donation to a group honoring a "Most Wanted Terrorist," fugitive and escaped cop killer certainly doesn't help his image.