Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback and social justice activist, has teamed up with Ben & Jerry's to create a new vegan ice cream flavor to support defunding the police.
All proceeds from Ben & Jerry's new "Change the Whirled" vegan ice cream will benefit Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp, which is a program for black children that teaches them community activism and how to combat "systemic" racism.
"I'm honored to partner with Ben & Jerry's on Change the Whirled," said Kaepernick. "Their commitment to challenging the anti-Black roots of policing in the United States demonstrates a material concern for the wellbeing of Black and Brown communities. My hope is that this partnership 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 CEO Matthew McCarthy said the company was "proud to diversify our flavor portfolio."
"We deeply respect how Colin uses his voice to protest racism, white supremacy, and police violence through the belief that ‘love is at the root of our resistance,'" McCarthy said. "We have tremendous hope in what we can accomplish together."
🔦 Ben & Jerry's support for the "defund the police" movement began in June during the national unrest caused by the death of George Floyd.