Netflix is going all in on former National Football League quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick with the production of a new six-part scripted series titled Colin in Black & White. The series will focus on Kaepernick's high school years and provide the backstory that led him to become who he is today, according executive producers Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury. Kaepernick also gets executive producer credit and reportedly will narrate the episodes.
The series is supposed to give the audience a look into Kaepernick's life as a black child who was adopted by white parents and his athletic journey to from high school, through college, to his time withe San Francisco 49ers, where he gained more notoriety for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice than he did for leading his team to the Super Bowl.
"With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally," said DuVernay. "Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience."
"Too often we see race and black stories portrayed through a white lens," said Kaepernick. "We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It's an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see."
Kaepernick, 32, has not played in the NFL since 2016, the same season he started kneeling. He's been a free agent since 2017, though a handful of teams sent scouts to a scheduled workout in the Atlanta area in 2019. He also filed a lawsuit against the league claiming the teams retaliated against his decision to kneel during the national anthem by colluding to prevent him from playing. He eventually accepted an undisclosed settlement from the NFL.