Do NFL players following Colin Kaepernick right over the edge of a cliff know the full extent of his political extremism?

While Kapernick’s own career seemingly has one foot in the grave, this story may put the other on a banana peel.

In April, the Colin Kaepernick Foundation (above image) donated $25,000 to Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago “direct action” hate group honoring former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member, Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard), who was found guilty in the 1973 murder of New Jersey Police Officer Werner Foerster (below).

Shakur escaped prison and fled to Cuba soon after her conviction. Assata’s Daughters describes itself as “a grassroots intergenerational collective of radical Black women located in the city of Chicago. We identify our work as part of the larger Black Lives Matter movement.”

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The grant includes $2,500 for CopWatch, a program that trains volunteers to stalk and video record police. It also includes $15,000 to “develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black queer feminist tradition and in the spirit of Assata.”

Assata’s Daughters doesn’t hide its admiration, noting on its website that it “carries on the tradition of radical liberatory activism encompassed by Assata Shakur.”

“Basically our organization is a part of a much larger movement that is fighting for the abolition of prisons, police and anti-blackness itself,” said one of their coordinators.

Shakur was wounded in a 1977 shootout on the New Jersey turnpike that left two dead, including the officer. She has argued that her murder conviction and life sentence were part of a “political prosecution” at the hands of a “racist legal system.”

The backlash has been swift and included a tweet from Sen. Marco Rubio, who said, “Unbelievable that anyone would idolize a cop killer.”

 

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