Dr. Anthony Fauci and Colin Kaepernick are being awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope award. The award is granted to those who show a viable commitment to making social change, according to the official website.
As the entire world grapples simultaneously with the COVID-19 pandemic and outbursts of protests over racial inequality, it’s more important than ever to recognize those people who are taking positive steps to make a difference. Arguably, two of the most highly publicized individuals making a difference are Dr. Anthony Fauci who is an infectious disease expert, and Colin Kaepernick, the ex-NFL player.
Colin Kaepernick and Dr. Anthony Fauci have very unique positions in the world right now as both the BLM moment and coronavirus have polarized the world from end to end. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been making waves largely due to his fight against president Donald Trump as it relates to implementing tougher restrictions for people when they go out in public.
Colin Kaepernick on the other hand started a huge wave of individuals fighting for justice back in 2016 when he decided to kneel for the national anthem at the beginning of games. He is being brought into the mix thanks to an entirely new influx of players who are now deciding to kneel in protest of the unlawful murder of George Floyd.
Aside of the previous accomplishments that both of these men have obtained, they continue to push forward in their individual fight for making the world more just as a whole.
What This Means
Colin Kaepernick, who started off kneeling during the 2016 NFL season as a gesture of solidarity with those who have experienced police brutality, is now a human rights activist. Kaepernick currently has a multi-city civil rights program known as the “Know Your Rights Camp” which is dedicated to helping people educated about how to deal with police in negative encounters.
In a statement released about the camp, Kaepernick said the following “In 2017, I was in the audience honoring Mr. Harry Belafonte as he accepted the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award.” He continued his statement by saying the following: “I am humbled to follow the footsteps of individuals like Mr. B and to be in the company of all the other laureates thank you for this prestigious award.”
Kaepernick and Fauci aren’t the only two receiving a 2020 Ripple of Hope award, joining them are the likes of the President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Dolores Huerta, CEO of DocuSign Dan Springer, and the president/CEO of PayPal Dan Schulman.
What To Expect
In previous years, the award ceremony was conducted in person however due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s ceremony will be held virtually on December 10th.
The president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization said the following about the award “Our 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.”