Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is donating $100,000 to the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Kaepernick announced his plans on social media on Thursday, encouraging others to join the "mission to help address the disproportionate affect the pandemic is having on our communities."
In an accompanying Twitter video, Kaepernick said he believes African-Americans are increasingly at risk with the virus due to systemic racism.
"Black and brown communities are being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 because of hundreds of years of structural racism," Kaepernick said in the video. "That's why we've established the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Fund to help address these issues."
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Kaepernick has been a civil rights activist since his NFL playing days concluded. In 2016, the former San Francisco 49ers QB was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social inequality — starting a movement that stretched into following NFL seasons. But the 32-year-old hasn't made a comeback despite multiple free-agency openings for backup quarterbacks. The NFL organized a workout for Kaepernick last year, but the signal caller felt it was not organized to his benefit so he held his own showcase for scouts.