San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made a donation to the Black Youth Project 100 organization. Its national chapters, including Chicago’s, are “dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.”
Leaders in both BYP100’s Chicago and national offices did not say how much Kaepernick donated, and the quarterback did not specify during a Wednesday afternoon conference call with reporters.
Despite that, Tasha Viets-VanLear of the Chicago chapter of BYP100 said Kaepernick’s donation will go toward “chapter-specific ideas and endeavors centered around advancing our Agenda to Build Black Futures.”
According to BYP100, the Agenda to Build Black Futures is “a set of economic goals and structural changes that could improve the lives of Black people living in America.”
“We envision a more economically just society that values the lives and well-being of ALL Black people, including women, queer, and transgender folks, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated as well as those who languish in the bottom 1% of the economic hierarchy,” BYP100 wrote on its website.
BYP100 has been a vocal presence at several protests and demonstrations in Chicago since the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video last year.
Kaepernick has stirred controversy throughout the NFL season by kneeling during “The Star Spangled Banner” in protest of racial inequality. In September, he pledged to donate $1 million to different organizations.
He told reporters Wednesday that there may be more donations for Chicago groups in the future.
“I’ll continue to look at other communities in Chicago, as well, as far as what are ways I can help and what are ways I can try to help empower those communities,” Kaepernick said.
Along with Chicago, BYP100 has chapters in Detroit, the Bay Area, New York City, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Durham, North Carolina.