Posted on March 10, 2023

Colin Kaepernick Accuses White Adoptive Parents of ‘Problematic’ Upbringing, Perpetuating Racism

Katherine Donlevy, New York Post, March 9, 2023

Controversial football star Colin Kaepernick accused his white adoptive parents of perpetuating racism in a new interview.

The former NFL star told CBS Chicago he struggled growing up in a “problematic” household, a throughline he details in his upcoming graphic novel, “Change the Game.”


The graphic novel tells the story of Kaepernick’s journey from high school into his storied athletic career that heavily centers around his lack of choice in his future. {snip}

One of these disagreements illustrated in the novel was a fight over his hairstyle.

Kaepernick, in an attempt to idolize basketball player Allen Iverson, wanted to embrace his blackness by wearing cornrows, but his mother pushed back.


The conversation with his mother has continued to impact Kaepernick’s life decades later, he said, even influencing his now-famous afro hairstyle.


The lack of racial harmony in his own home encouraged Kaepernick to find community elsewhere {snip}

He chose to pursue a football career instead of a professional baseball career — both of which prospects were equally achievable — because there were significantly more black players in the NFL than MLB {snip}