Saturday was a very happy fourth of July for a lot of people, but not for Colin Kaepernick.
In a Twitter message Saturday, the former San Francisco 49ers player denounced the nation’s 244th birthday as a “celebration of white supremacy.”
His post included a video that showed images of the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynchings. Kaepernick wrote: “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”
Social media then began doing some digging and found that Kaepernick had no issue with the fourth of July as he celebrated it….way back in 2011.
Just in case you can’t tell, that was the same year he got drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. However, social media had a field day with this information.
The 32-year-old started kneeling for the national anthem before NFL games in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality and has been a free agent since his 49ers contract expired in 2017.