The Smithsonian has plans for a Colin Kaepernick display inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. Museum curators have told reporters that the currently unemployed quarterback will be getting his very own display in the museum. They are requesting items of significance from the infamous insolence that Kaepernick displayed last year.
The Washington Examiner said that artifacts from the former San Francisco 49ers member's national anthem protests will soon be on display at the Black Lives Matter collection inside of the Smithsonian National Museam of African American History.
Damion Thomas, curator for that particular area of the museum noted that they have in their possession almost 40,000 items. They claim that the Colin Kaepernick collection is in keeping with the standards of their greater collecting efforts to document different parts of society that have been impacted by the illustrious Black Lives Matter movement.
Colin Kaepernick, still without a job, is almost paying a price after sparking a movement with his anthem protest for alleged police brutality and other social inequalities, which strikingly, reflect some of the same concerns expressed 50 years ago with the Olympic protests.
With this in mind, you would think that after going on so much about what a tremendous figure Kaepernick is, they barely mention Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas, only the second black man to sit on the land's highest court. When the curators do mention Judge Thomas it is in relation to the sexual harassment charge slapped on him by Anita Hill.
The Washington Times got in on the actions stating:
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture has plans to include the beloved D.C. newsman Jim Vance in its exhibitions — but there’s still no room for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“The Smithsonian Institution previously said the absence of Justice Thomas, the second black man to sit upon the highest court in the land, could not be rectified because exhibition content is determined by “themes, not individuals.”’
By what we are hearing from the curators at the Smithsonian, one can only conclude that the theme of rising from poverty to become the second African-American to sit on the Supreme Court is not a theme that appeals to the museum and the millions of people that visit it each year. Popular themes within this part of the museum that are much more inspiring and relevant to our culture and how it has progressed do include hip-hop stars, the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, and now, Colin Kaepernick.
I am not aware of any ratings or pollsters that keep the Smithsonian's approval numbers, but suffice to say, if they did, those numbers would be tanker faster than Kaepernick's career.