BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Brooklyn artist is bringing the Colin Kaepernick controversy to the East Coast.
Jeff Rothberg posted dozens of pictures around Brooklyn to coincide with the kickoff of the NFL season.
In the poster Rothberg shows Kaepernick kneeling and wearing a blind fold to represent justice.
His 49ers logo is replaced with the word freedom and a peace sign replaces a patch on his jersey.
Underneath Kaepernick is a bed of stars with far more than the fifty usually pictured on the American Flag to represent past and present victims of injustice and police brutality.
“Kaepernick lit the torch and I just wanted to carry it over here and spread the word,” said Rothberg.
Kaepernick has been booed and called names for sitting or taking a knee during the national anthem, but the 49ers Quarterback doesn’t sit or kneel alone.
During the opening weekend of the NFL season, several other players and teams showed support for Kaepernick’s cause.
President Obama even came to his defense.
“I’d rather have young people that are engaged in the argument, and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process, than people who are sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” said the president.
Now Rothberg is hoping to grow support for the movement with the “I sit with Kaepernick” posters.
He says he specifically chose the neighborhoods where he placed all 30 of his Kaepernick posters because of the diversity in those communities and the fact that they’re dealing with the problems that the NFL quarterback is trying to highlight.
“It affects everyone. But specifically in Brooklyn and New York City, it’s a great platform to be spoken about because it’s the Mecca of the world,” said Rothberg.