Colin Kaepernick was torn apart on social media this weekend due to his tweet denouncing the July 4 holiday – which comes about nine years after celebrating America’s independence.
Kaepernick published a video showing the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynchings. He denounced the 244th anniversary of the nation as a “celebration of white supremacy”.
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“The 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 liberation of all, ”he wrote.
Social media hijackings unearthed a tweet from Kaepernick from nine years ago when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback asked everyone to have a “blessed day.”
“Happy July 4 everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day,” he wrote at the time.
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It was then torn up on the tweet.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season. Interest in the quarterback is said to have increased following athletes who demonstrated during the national anthem by kneeling.
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 not to have listened to the NFL players earlier, and encourage everyone to speak out and protest peacefully, “he said. . “We at the National Football League believe that Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and I want to participate in the change if necessary in this country. ”
He also explained why the NFL decided to speak out on these issues.
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“What they were talking about, what they were protesting and what they were trying to get attention was happening right in front of us – and tragically,” said Goodell. “And so we all saw that, and it was difficult for all of us. And so it was an important point for all of us. ”
Brie Stimson of Fox News contributed to this report.