Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received near-constant media coverage ever since President Donald Trump said the proper response to a player kneeling during the national anthem is to "get that son of a b*tch off the field." The NFL kneeling protest, started by Kaepernick in 2016, was intended as a statement against police brutality in the U.S., but dozens of players have taken a knee in solidarity since Trump began speaking out on the matter. With so much controversy surrounding Kaepernick and his form of protest, it's not surprising that there's a bit of a divide about the athlete, but plenty of people see him as a trailblazer, and he has been called a hero for his efforts. Some parents chose to honor that legacy by dressing their kids up in Colin Kaepernick costumes for Halloween, and it happens to be the cutest thing on this planet.
Of course, unsurprisingly, not everyone chose to respectfully pay homage to Kaepernick this past weekend. As was seen on social media, there were numerous reports of people using Kaepernick's likeness in an offensive way over Halloween weekend that have quickly gone viral. This is, sadly, not surprising after the President repeatedly sent out defamatory tweets about the former QB turned social activist over the past few weeks, but these disappointing costumes notwithstanding, it's important to turn our eyes to the good in the world — in the form of adorable kids wearing Kaepernick costumes. These costumes are a reminder that Halloween can be a time to respectfully pay homage to personal heroes and icons, rather than dress up just for the sake of sparking controversy.