The world truly took a step backwards on Saturday night.
Amnesty International awarded its highest honor, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, to Colin Kaepernick.
The Ambassador of Conscience Award is meant to signify exceptional courage in standing up for human rights.
Some of the past winners of this award are Nelson Mandela, Mary Robinson, and Vaclav Havel.
In addition to these public figures, entertainers widely associated with human rights have been given the award.
Musicians Joan Baez, Peter Gabriel, and Harry Belafonte head that list.
And now Colin Kaepernick, the man who took a knee, is on that prestigious list.
Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, stated, “He is an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.”
Perhaps Amnesty International can put a picture of Colin wearing the socks depicting police officers as pigs in its annals.
During his acceptance speech, Kaepernick took yet another shot at officers that put their life on the line every day.
He stated, “But in truth, this is an award I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force.”
One cannot help but wonder how many of those police officers were protecting Kaepernick Saturday night at the event.
In the overall scheme of things, Kaepernick has done absolutely nothing for human rights, especially compared to past recipients of the award.
This is reminiscent of Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize for what he promised to do rather than what he actually accomplished.
Think about this… Amnesty International just gave a human rights award to someone that has donned a Fidel Castro t-shirt and celebrated one of the most notorious dictators in modern times.
That is not exactly someone most people would think worthy of sharing a mantle with Nelson Mandela.