Colin Kaepernick Just Made A Surprise Public Appearance To Accept An ACLU Award For His Activism

Colin Kaepernick
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For someone who is in the news almost every day, Colin Kaepernick does not seem to get out much: Not including his recent GQ magazine cover story and photo spread, we haven't seen much of the activist and former (future?) NFL player in the past year. 

According to TMZ, though, Kap made a surprise appearance at the ACLU of Southern California's Bill of Rights dinner this past weekend to humbly accept the Courageous Advocate Award in a powerful speech about social justice and the fight for human rights.

"We must confront systemic oppression as a doctor would a disease," said Kaepernick, 30, at the Sunday night event in Los Angeles  a rare public outing for the free agent.

"You identify it, you call it out, you treat it, and you defeat it," he continued. "We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised."

Kaepernick is up for another prestigious award this week: TIME magazine's 2017 Person of the Year, which is given to the person or group who's had the most influence on the news in the past year. (The winner will be announced Wednesday.)

Some people think Kaepernick is a shoo-in to win over others on TIME's shortlist, which includes President Donald Trump, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, among others, especially rapper Killer Mike:

Still, there have been major upsets in the past: Most famously, the publication gave the award to Adolf Hitler once, Joseph Stalin twice, and even to the computer, which isn't even a person.

Does Kap deserve the TIME title? Watch his Courageous Advocate Award speech below and decide for yourself:

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