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Colin Kaepernick is working on publishing a children’s book titled I Color Myself Different that will highlight the childhood experience that shaped the former quarterback’s outlook on race.
According to the New York Post report, the story is described as the moment Kaepernick began to grasp the complexity of race in America — a lesson learned inside an elementary classroom. Kaepernick talks about seeing himself as the Black son to White parents, and how it set the aspiring athlete on a path to full-blown political activist.
Scholastic will be publishing the project, with more works on the way based on a multi-book deal signed by Colin Kaepernick and his personal publishing team.
The publishing house gave their thoughts on the opportunity to work alongside Colin, and sharing a story that aims to inspire other children to explore a different perspective on race in America.
“During a kindergarten exercise on drawing families, Kaepernick remembers putting down the yellow crayon he had been using to draw his family and picking up the brown crayon for himself. This moment crystallized for him the differences marked by his adoption, and how acknowledging those distinctions could encourage us all to be more accepting of ourselves and each other.”
Scholastic Vice President of Global Licensing, Brands & Media, Debra Dorfman, shared the following about working with the former NFL player — also branded as of the most radicalized political figures in America.
“Colin’s reputation as a thought leader precedes him, but it was also clear when we met that his mission and purpose were very much aligned with Scholastic’s.”
The book is scheduled to release on April 5, 2022. Alternate titles pitched on behalf of OutKick went as follows:
The Scythe, The Sickle and the Wardrobe
Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Why Do You Ask?
If You Give A Mouse The Means Of Production
The Giving Tree 2: Tax Day
Good Dogma, Karl
Colin And The Red Crayon