On Saturday, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick criticized Independence Day as a “celebration of white supremacy”, a far cry from the July 4 activist’s cheerful message preceding his national anthems.
“Black [people] have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized [and] terrorized by America for centuries, [and] should join your commemoration of “independence” while you enslave our ancestors, “published the multimillionaire sponsored by Nike. “We reject your celebration of white supremacy [and] look forward to the release of all. “
Black ppls have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, and should join your commemoration of “independence” while you enslave our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to the release of all. ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YCD2SYlgv4
– Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) July 4, 2020
Last year, Kaepernick intended to hit the United States by quoting American hero Fredrick Douglass: “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This July 4th is yours, not mine … There is not a nation on earth guilty of more shocking and bloody practices than the people of these United States at this very hour.
However, as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) noted, Douglass was not anti-American, but challenged this nation to respect its admirable ideals, as evidenced by the speech Kaepernick quoted in his context.
“Douglass was not anti-American; he was rightly and passionately anti-slavery, “said Senator Cruz. “Indeed, he concluded the speech as follows:” Let me say, in conclusion, despite the dark image I presented today, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation, which must inevitably bring down slavery. “The Lord’s arm is not shortened” and the fate of slavery is certain. So I stop where I started, with hope. While drawing encouragement from the “Declaration of Independence”, the great principles it contains and the genius of American institutions, my mind is also encouraged by the obvious trends of the time.
“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This July 4th is yours, not mine … There is not a nation on earth guilty of more shocking and bloody practices than the people of these United States at this very hour.
– Frederick Douglass pic.twitter.com/IWLujGCJHn
– Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) July 4, 2019
And similarly, in 2017, Kaepernick declared that he had left the United States to regain his true “independence” at home in Ghana.
“How can we really celebrate independence on a day that intentionally stole our ancestors? To regain my independence, I went home, “he captioned a video compilation of his trip.
How can we really celebrate independence on a day that deliberately stole our ancestors? To regain my independence, I went home. pic.twitter.com/hniYGJeLxG
– Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) July 4, 2017
However, in 2011, July 4 was not a “white supremacist” holiday for the new NFL player.
“Happy July 4 everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day,” he wrote via Twitter.
Happy July 4th everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day
– Colin Kaepernick (@ Kaepernick7) July 4, 2011
Some online compared Kaepernick’s posts on July 4, noting that he had become the starting 49B QB during the 2012 NFL season, a position he eventually lost.
“Before and after being benched for Blaine Gabbart,” conservative writer Stephen L. Miller captioned screenshots of the July 4 athlete’s messages, side by side.
Before and after being benched for Blaine Gabbart. pic.twitter.com/JX2No4sysk
– Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 5, 2020
“Colin Kaepernick REALLY loved America before you started REALLY SUCKING football, “said commentator Tim Young.
Colin Kaepernick really liked America before he started really sucking football. https://t.co/Y4Y2GWSVwf
– Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 5, 2020
Daily Wire writer Ryan Saavedra said: “Amazing how magically July 4 was not a white supremacist racist party when Obama was president.”
Amazing how July 4 was not magically a white supremacist racist party when Obama was president https://t.co/qiWydl8Z2E
– Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 5, 2020
Kaepernick’s social justice activism has included repeated criticism of the United States, “including at one point in favorably comparing the oppressive Communist regime of Fidel Castro to the United States,” noted the Daily Wire previously.
The athlete also donned socks with pigs wearing cop hats and “retweeted a quote from revolutionary socialist and Black Panther Party president Fred Hampton warning of the evils of capitalism.”
The transformation from athlete to racial activist was sparked in 2016 when Kaepernick, who was starting to see little time in the field, announced his polarizing hymn.
“People of color have been targeted by the police,” said Kaepernick at the start of his protest. “So that’s a big part of it, and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So this is something this country has to change. There are things we can do to make them more accountable. Make these standards higher. You have people who practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and not have the same training as a cosmetologist. “
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