This drawing has many levels of meaning and, based on the various social media comments that I’ve read, sentiments towards Kap range from “hero” to “traitor”. This piece embodies those reactions, and everything in between.
On one side are the folks who view Kap as the person giving a voice to the voiceless, and standing up for a group of people who have been largely ignored by mainstream society.
Conversely, there are many people who are outraged at what Kap has done and, for some of those people, they’d be perfectly content with literally crucifying him for his actions.
This piece exemplifies the culmination of society’s sentiment and depicts one group’s clear outrage at what Kap has done, and now seeks to bestow punishment upon him.
However, Kap is resolute in his commitment. He sets his gaze firmly back at the viewer as to say “I’m ready. I’m not afraid. For I believe so strongly in the cause that I’m willing accept my destiny… while looking you squarely in the eye as you inflict judgement upon me.”
This pieces highlights the dichotomy of righteousness. Depending on your perspective, he is either the “UnChosen One” who is looked upon unfavorably and deserves the ire spewed in his direction…
…or he is the “Chosen One” sent to right the racial inequalities that are deeply embedded in our culture, and ultimately establish a newfound level of equality for all.
Either way, his destiny calls, and that calling reaches far beyond the football field.