The original Facebook meme has been reworked to dramatise ‘Colin in Black & White’ and follows the football star as a child following a family move to the north and a football career
A reworked version of the satirical Facebook meme “Colin in Black & White” has been developed to dramatise the story of the football star Colin Kaepernick, drawing heavily on the footballer’s upbringing as a child in Oregon.
The video, posted on the satirical Facebook page dorkypolitics.com, describes Kapernick, now the US-born, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, as “the unappreciated kid in black & white”.
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“After moving from Hawaii to Oregon to be with his father and stepmother in 1978, I followed my dad around every day,” says the character in the video. “Because even though he earned a lot of money as a basketball player, he didn’t see any of it.”
The reworked meme shows Kaepernick as a child following his family to Oregon, “safely cloaked” in the moniker “Colin in Black & White”.
“My brain was swimming from the NFL draft until I finally signed in 2009,” he continues. “Unlike the guy in black & white who was rich and famous, I wasn’t: I was poor.”
A version of “Colin in Black & White” featured on Facebook in 2017. The meme is credited to user nickryanidiot, who told the Guardian in a previous interview that he thought it was “like ‘Twilight’ with the football thing … it’s all love, it’s all cute … it’s something for people who really liked football.”
The new version of the meme was created by dorkypolitics.com editor Edward Flatt.