Colin Kaepernick was torn over the weekend on social media about his tweet, which denounced the holiday on July 4th – about nine years after celebrating America’s independence.
Kaepernick posted a video showing the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynching. He denounced the nation’s 244th birthday as a “celebration of white supremacy.”
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“Black people have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized and terrorized by America for centuries. They are expected to join your ‘independence’ commemoration as you enslave our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to the liberation of everyone, ”he wrote.
Social media experts unearthed a Kaepernick tweet nine years ago, in which the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback asked everyone for a “blessed day”.
“Happy July 4th, I hope everyone has a blessed day,”
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Then he was pulled over the tweet.
Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season. Interest in the quarterback has reportedly increased after athletes protested with one knee during the national anthem.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a video in June apologizing on behalf of the NFL for not listening to players’ concerns about racial inequality. He received criticism for not mentioning Kaepernick by name in his video.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of blacks. We, the National Football League, admit that we were wrong because we didn’t listen to NFL players earlier and encourage everyone to speak up and protest peacefully, “he said. “We in the National Football League believe in Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country. “
He also talked about why the NFL decided to comment on these issues.
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“What they were talking about and what they were protesting about and what they wanted to draw attention to happened right in front of us – tragically,” said Goodell. “And that’s how we all saw it, and it was difficult for all of us. So it was an important point for all of us.”
Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.