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Former 49ers QB Kaepernick Is Secret Honoree At ACLU Bill Of Rights Dinner


WEBSITE. BACK TO THE STUDIO. IT’S SO HEARTBREAKING. TONIGHT THE ACLU IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL BILL OF RIGHTS DINNER IN BEVERLY HILLS. THE GROUP IS HONORING THOSE WHO HELPED PRESERVE THE PROMISE OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. CRISTY FAJARDO IS AT THE EVENT WHERE ONE HONOREE WAS KEPT SECRET UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. REPORTER: THAT WAS COLIN KAEPERNICK. HIS APPEARANCE WAS KEPT HUSH HUSH FOR HIS OWN PROTECTION. WE WERE ORDERED NOT TO ASK ABOUT HIM ON THE RED CARPET BEFORE THE EVENT. 2017 COURAGEOUS ADVOCATE AWARD COLIN KAEPERNICK. A SURPRISE HONOREE AT THE BILL OF RIGHTS AWARDS. HE WASN’T ANNOUNCED ON THE GUEST LIST BUT ROUSED THE CROWD WITH THE BRIEF SPEECH. YOU IDENTIFY IT, YOU CALL IT OUT, YOU TREATED AND YOU DEFEAT IT. REPORTER: THE STAR-STUDDED AND BAD INCLUDED HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS AND CIVIL RIGHT ICONS. THEY KEPT HIS ATTENDANCE A SECRET OVER CONCERNS FOR HIS SAFETY. THE FORMER 49ERS QUARTERBACK RECEIVED DEATH THREATS SINCE HE STARTED TAKING A KNEE DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM TO PROTEST RACIAL INEQUALITY. IT’S A STAND HE SAID HAS COST HIM HIS NFL CAREER. WE MIGHT BE FEARFUL OF LOSING OUR JOB, WE MIGHT BE FEARFUL OF BEING CRITICIZED OR BEING INJURED OR THREATENED. THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO KNEW ALL OF THAT AND TOOK A VERY COURAGEOUS STAND. ‘S MOVEMENT HAS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL, IRE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO JUST LAST WEEK TWEETED PLAYERS KNEELING THIS WEEKEND THE NFL STADIUMS THAT ARE NOW HAVING A HARD TIME FILLING UP. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS SET UP WITH THE DISRESPECT THE NFL IS PAYING TO OUR COUNTRY, OUR FLAG AND OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. THE ACLU OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SAYS THIS SHOULD NOT BE MISTAKEN FOR DISLOYALTY AND WANTING TO HONOR HIS SACRIFICE. STILL, HIS APPEARANCE WAS SO SECRETIVE EVEN FELLOW HONOREES LIKE JANE FONDA DIDN’T KNOW HE WOULD BE HERE. ALTHOUGH ON THE RED CARPET, SHE HAD THIS ADVICE FOR THOSE TAKING MANY. KEEP IT UP. WE NEED TO USE EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTEST AND RESIST. REPORTER: HE WAS AN MOST TALKED

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