The ice cream is vegan (because Colin Kaepernick is a vegan) and is called "Change the Whirled" -- a nod to when Kaepernick was an NFL quarterback and kneeling during the national anthem to -- in his words -- raise awareness about law enforcement and its treatment of minorities.
"Ben & Jerry's has been off the reservation for a long time, but it is interesting that so many companies, including Disney and Nike, are willing to partner with someone whose ideas are radical," comments Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research. "They are not even part of the mainstream of the liberal party in the United States of America."
Earlier this month, former President Obama cautioned activists against using the "Defund the Police" slogan, as Democrats believe it cost them seats in the November election and made them appear soft on crime.
But Kaepernick apparently sees things differently. In a statement shared on CNN, he says his hope for the partnership with Ben & Jerry's "will amplify calls to defund and abolish the police and to invest in futures that can make us safer, healthier, and truly free."
Ben & Jerry's is donating a portion of the proceeds to Kaepernick's "Know Your Rights" organization, whose mission is "to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization, and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders."