The vegan ice cream, which is made with caramel non-dairy sunflower butter and fudge chips with graham crackers and chocolate cookies swirled in, is a celebration of Kaepernick’s legacy. The company said it created the flavor to celebrate “Kaepernick’s courageous work to confront systemic oppression and to stop police violence against Black and Brown people.”
Ever since taking a knee in 2016, he has accomplished his goal to call attention to police brutality and racism. Kaepernick put his career on the line to protest, which sent shockwaves through the world of sports and politics around the globe.
“Ben & Jerry’s believes Kaepernick represents the very best of us, willing to use his power and platform in the pursuit of equity and justice rooted in a commitment to love and resistance,” the ice cream maker said in a written statement.
A portion of proceeds from “Change the Whirled” sales will be used to support the work of the “Know Your Rights” organization, which teaches Black and Brown children about how to deal with police interactions. It also aims to “advance the liberation and well being” of their communities through “education, self-empowerment, and mass-mobilization,” according to the organization’s website.
Kaepernick went to social media to express his gratitude to partner with Ben & Jerry’s on their new ice cream flavor.
“Their commitment to challenging the anti-Black roots of policing in the United States demonstrates a material concern for the well-being of Black and Brown communities,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “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.”