Colin Kaepernick just received an award from this Ivy League University

Colin Kaepernick ignited the anti-American anthem protests in the NFL.

Now, he’s being lauded for his “activism” in the some of the most prestigious halls of Academia.

And you won’t believe what he had to say about the anthem protests.

Kaepernick received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.

The award is described as “Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies.”

This comes on the heals of Nike unveiling him as the face of their “Just Do It” 30th Anniversary ad campaign.

But during his brief speech, Kaepernick doubled-down on his disrespectful anthem protests.

Newsweek reports:

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback said he did not regret his decision to take a knee even though the furor that surrounded his act might have cost him his place in the NFL.

“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” Kapernick told an audience at Harvard University on Thursday night, as reported by WHDH Boston’s Eric Kane.

“Because if we don’t, we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them, and we are going to continue to fight for them.”

Colin Kaepernick has compared police to pigs and slave catchers.

He ignited the anthem protests in 2016 that have taken a heavy toll on the NFL to this day.

Football fans are tired of seeing coddled millionaire athletes disrespecting America’s men and women in uniform while complaining about “systemic oppression.”

Now, Kaepernick’s shift into marketing and receiving awards from Academia shows he’s not going to fade from the limelight any time soon.

What are your thoughts?

Does Colin Kaepernick deserve accolades and praise for starting the anthem protests in the NFL?

Let us know in the comments!