Colin Kaepernick Just Won The Ambassador of Conscience Award

The organization acknowledges Kaepernick's commitments.		 Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

"Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation - the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex", he said.

In November 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league.

Ever since Kaepernick made headlines for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, he has continued his activist streak off the playing field, setting the bar high for other athletes and celebrities to get involved in their communities as well.

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When high profile people choose to take a stand for human rights, it emboldens many others in their struggles against injustice.

Offered as an acknowledgment which "celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice", the Amnesty International award was bestowed on the Wisconsin-born athlete in recognition of the risk he took to his reputation and career after nearly single-handedly creating an effective protest movement drawing attention to widespread police violence in the United States against people of color.

The protests have been the subject of nationwide debate, prompting even President Donald Trump to weigh in and suggest that any players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired. Despite the fact that he didn't suit up for a single game last season, the free agent quarterback remains the center of controversy around the NFL.

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The NFL has pledged to donate $100 million over the next five years to social justice causes. "To quote Malcolm X, when he said that he, 'will join in with anyone - I don't care what color you are - as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth, ' I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence", said Kaepernick.

Reid has said he will take a different approach in 2018. Kaepernick joins the ranks of South African President Nelson Mandela, who was honored for his fight against apartheid, along with Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for girls' right to education after she was shot by members of the Taliban.

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty expressed his respect for Kaepernick as he described the "vitriol" would go on to receive as a result of his actions.

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Kaepernick accepted his award at a ceremony in Amsterdam, saying he shared the honour "with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers".

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