Happy fourth of July? Not for free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In a Twitter message on Saturday, the former San Francisco 49ers player denounced the nation’s 244th birthday as a “celebration of white supremacy.”
Along with a video showing images of the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynchings, Kaepernick wrote: “Black people have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries and are expected to participate in your memory of independence. while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to the liberation of everyone. “
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The disturbing images of the video were seen against the backdrop of fireworks and actor James Earl James reading the 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ speech from 1852: “What is the fourth of July for the slave?”
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32-year-old Kaepernick knelt before the NFL games in 2016 for the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality, and has been a free agent since his 49er contract ended in 2017.
No teams have signed him since then, which accuses the league of deliberately blackening him. But last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he encouraged the teams to think about signing Kaepernick.
“I welcome that,” said Goodell.
When the protests against Black Lives Matter continued in the United States after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody by a white cop in Minneapolis, the country had a more intense discussion about race, equality, and Americans resumed history.
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Kaepernick tweeted the same video last year on Independence Day.