A new display is going in at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.
According to representatives from the museum, controversial and unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will get his own display inside the museum. The display will honor Kaepernick, who has yet to find a home on an NFL team this season after a series of deeply controversial statements and actions, in a new display about Black Lives Matter.
Curators at the museum have asked for artifacts from Kaepernick's infamous kneeling demonstrations during the national anthem last season.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Artifacts from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests will reportedly soon be on display at the Black Lives Matter collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History.
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection,” said Damion Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, to USA Today. “The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum’s larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
This is not the first point of controversy for the museum, which has faced steep backlash for failing to honor Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas was only mentioned in his relation to Anita Hill, a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.
According to The Washington Times last month:
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.”
Clarence Thomas is only the second black Supreme Court Justice to ever serve on the highest court in the land, and according to some, is the most politically powerful African American in the country serving today.