EL PASO, Texas -

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests have landed him on the cover of the October 1, 2016 edition of Time Magazine.

The headline on the cover is "The perilous fight," followed by the sub-headline "National Anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick are fueling a debate about privilege, pride and patriotism."

Earlier this week, Kaepernick said he had received death threats since he began to protest "racial oppression and police brutality in the United States" during the national anthem last month.
 
"To me, if something like that were going to happen, you've proved my point," he said. "It would be loud and clear for everyone why it happened. That would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now. Granted, I don't want that to happen. But that's the realization of what could happen."
 
Kaepernick's protest during the anthem became public last month when he sat during the anthem before a preseason game against Green Bay and later explained his reasoning. He has since kneeled before the Niners' past three games. The kneeling is meant to show more respect for veterans.
 
Kaepernicl said he was the target of racial slurs and other insults before last Sunday's game at Carolina. "There's a lot of racism in this country disguised as patriotism and people want to take everything back to the flag but that's not what we're talking about," he said. "We're talking about racial discrimination, inequalities and injustices that happen across the nation."
 
Kaepernick spoke to one of those cases Tuesday, the shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. Police video shows 40-year-old Terence Crutcher walking away from the officers and toward his SUV last Friday with his hands in the air. He then approaches the driver's side of his vehicle, where an officer shocks him with a stun gun and another fatally shoots him.
 
Officers had been called to the scene to respond to a report of a stalled vehicle.  The officer who shot Crutcher, Betty Shelby, was placed on paid leave.
 
"His car was broken down, he was looking for help and he got murdered," Kaepernick said. "That's a perfect example of what this is about. I think it will be very telling what happens with the officers that killed him because everybody's eyes will be on this."