Colin Kaepernick's Jersey is Now Displayed at the MoMA

Image Source, Gerry Melendez for ESPN

Image Source, Gerry Melendez for ESPN

Colin Kaepernick, former football quarterback for the 49ers last year was very vocal on the injustices that plague black people. Bringing awareness to what many shed a blind eye to, Kaepernick used his platform to make a difference. Garnering the attention of many his jersey is now a part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art right here in New York. Displayed in MoMA’s “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit, the exhibit is said to examine how sports influence both fashion and culture. 

As Stephanie Kramer, a research assistant at the museum tells Quartz, “when the whole Kaepernick thing happened last year, it was noted by the NFL that his jersey was outpacing the sales of Tom Brady’s jersey”. “To us, that seemed to us to indicate a sea change in what the jersey represents for people. Not necessarily your hero, good-looking quarterback, but perhaps somebody who was using his sports prowess and celebrity to say something socially and politically. We thought that made a really important statement about what the sports jersey could mean to its wearer.”

Kaepernick who is still unsigned has definitely sparked something greater than himself in using his platform to open the eyes of many to the racial injustices that continuously plague our society.

Starting this month the exhibit will be on display up until January 2018.