Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Going To Fauci And Kaepernick
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and the country’s leading infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, will be honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award. The news is interesting seeing that President Trump has issues with both recipients and Trump has been trying to silence Fauci as much as possible. Kaepernick sparked a movement against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem as it played before football games.
Despite Kaepernick receiving support from many in the sports world, he was vilified by conservatives who accused him and others of disrespecting the troops and the country. Even the NFL did not support Kaepernick and only recently apologized for the lack of support. Kaepernick became seen as more important after the police killing of George Floyd sparked a wave of protests still ongoing. The Robert F. Kennedy organization said, “At a time when the courageous pursuit of equality and justice has become political and riddled with adversity, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights stands with these modern-day human rights defenders in their inspirational fight for progress.” Kaepernick responded to the honor with, “I am humbled to follow the footsteps of individuals like Mr. B and to be in the company of all the other laureates.”
Dr. Fauci rose to popularity as the leading voice in the fight against the coronavirus. Fauci often bumped heads with President Trump over the facts about the virus and how best to protect against it. Fauci has even faced death threats against himself and his family over his disagreements with Trump. Many Americans respect Fauci for his candor and his refusal to pander to Trump’s base.
The president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy heaped praise on both Kaepernick and Fauci saying the “country is yearning for leadership, for moral fortitude, for common decency and kindness, and this year’s Ripple of Hope laureates give us great hope for the future.” She also said, “Their work for equal justice touches every corner of society, sometimes at great personal cost. We are deeply honored to celebrate these changemakers, who have set forth countless ripples of hope at a time when our world is in such need of inspiration.”