This week’s spotlight is now sharing close quarters with some of the world’s most recognizable arts works, such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. Starting on October 1, 2017 Colin Kaepernick`s number 7 red San Francisco 49ners jersey is hanging in New York`s Museum of Modern Art in the "Items: Is Modern Fashion?" exhibition.
MoMA curator Paola Antonelli shares her reasoning behind this new addition, “Children around the world look up to sports heroes as role models; for them, the jersey embodies a dream or aspiration.” In 2016 Kaepernick took a stance on the racial injustice in America by sitting down during the national anthem.
Kaepernick used his platform for those who feel as if they don’t have a voice and has been sending shockwaves around the country, and the world. This jersey hanging in such a prestigious venue represents an appreciation of courage, empathy, and utter bravery.
I hope the symbolism of his jersey resonates to children, adults, and everything in between. Congratulations to Colin Kaepernick and let it be known that it is ok to have a voice, be brave and use it.
- Sydnie Henderson