Children's Book Author Kneels Beside Kaepernick Cutout While Reading Book on 'Whiteness'
A children's book author is using Colin Kaepernick as a role model for children, kneeling beside a cardboard cutout of the former NFL quarterback while she read her new book on "whiteness."
"Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness" is part of Anastasia Higginbotham's line of books that touch on sensitive topics like divorce, death and sex.
The text tackles the issue of racism in a way that younger children can understand, with pictures and handwritten words.
"I'm not afraid to look at a painful history, a history in which people who look like me did things they never should have done," she told The Jamestown Sun.
Higginbotham added that she created the Kaepernick cutout to use at her readings because he "kneels for justice."
"He kneels for an end to police brutality, he kneels for equity in education and economic justice," Higginbotham said. "So I'm going to kneel next to him as I read."
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and social justice advocate was announced as the face of Nike's "Just Do It" ad campaign earlier this month.
The company took heavy criticism for the slogan, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything," with critics arguing Kaepernick is not the right symbol of "sacrifice."
Despite the backlash from some, Nike reported a major uptick in sold-out products in the 10 days after the Kaepernick ad campaign was announced.
Not My Idea: A Book About #Whiteness, out now! Book launch special guest in cardboard form @Kaepernick7 because I'm on his side. I kneel to get closer to the ground of America's making, where the truth, the treasures, & the bodies are all buried. @dottirpress #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/xgsdpU7jI4
— A Higginbotham (@AHigginBooks) September 6, 2018