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Ben & Jerry’s and Colin Kaepernick Debut Brand New Vegan Flavor

With Ben & Jerry’s stepping up to the plate and being a prominent supporter of social justice, it only made sense for them to link up with ardent social activist and former NFL start Colin Kaepernick to release a brand new, permanent flavor.

Named “Change the Whirled,” the entirely vegan offering features a caramel non-dairy sunflower butter base with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls and chocolate cookie swirls. It’s a tasty plant-based option that makes sense for Kaepernick, who is a vegan himself.

This partnership is an appropriate nod to the courageous work Kaepernick has done to champion social justice, pursuing equity for Black and Brown people, and confronting systemic oppression and police violence. With Ben & Jerry’s aspiring to become a social justice company themselves, this sweet collab is a step in the right direction to shedding more light on the social justice ills that have plagued America. What’s more, this new flavor will also support the work of Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camps, which he founded to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.

Change the Whirled will be available as a full-time flavor at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops and on store shelves nationwide in the United States beginning in 2021 with a suggested MSRP of $4.99-$5.49. 

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Bar’s Makeshift Doormat Insinuates Colin Kaepernick Lynching

As an avid fan of the NFL, when I first saw that Marshawn Lynch was sitting for the national anthem, my biggest fear was that some poor sportscaster would accidentally say, “Lynch, Kaepernick” and it’d be furiously tweeted and turned into a meme. While that didn’t happen, that nightmare “Lynch Kaepernick” scenario ended up happening at a Missouri bar.

S.N.A.F.U. Bar in Lake Ozark, is in a bit of a snafu after owner Jason Burle reportedly tried to make a statement of his own. Burle is a military veteran who fully honors service members in his establishment, while he, along with a lot of his patrons do not fully agree with the NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem.

That’s all fine.

His form of protest, however, looked a little bit racist.

It’s been widely known that Lynch and Colin Kaepernick are two of the more familiar faces in the protests, so Burle bought their jerseys and turned them into makeshift doormats. Entering customers were able to step on them and wipe their feet in in disgust.

Again, that is also fine.

What wasn’t totally fine, was that the way the jerseys were placed, which made it look like it read, “Lynch Kapernick.”

A passerby took a photo of the doormat, and even got in a heated Facebook argument with the owner, but Burle swore he meant no harm.

“They were placed the way they came out of the box,” Burle told KOMU news. “I ordered them together, we pulled them out of the box, and taped them down. There was no ill-intent.”

If that is truly the case, it was some pretty damn unfortunate placement. Burle has since switched the order of the jerseys, as he wanted to still make his statement, but the hateful insinuation is no longer present.

It’s probably best to give Burle the benefit of the doubt, but that was one hell of an accident.

h/t and screenshot from KOMU newscast video