A former NFL star QB and activist minced no words on Saturday about what he thinks about Independence Day.
Colin Kaepernick marked the 4th of July with on Twitter by sharing a video of actor James Earl Jones reciting Frederick Douglass’s historic “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech; and himself, calling the holiday a “celebration of white supremacy.
The video shows images of the Declaration of Independence, slaves, Ku Klux Klan members, lynchings and police brutality as Jones narratates:
“Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?”
Kaepernick expressed condemnation of racism and a call for “liberation for all” in the future.
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. ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YCD2SYlgv4
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2020