In an Independence Day message, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick interrogated the ethic the Fourth of July holds in store for black Americans, since the United States was founded on the backs of African-American slaves.
” How can we truly celebrate independence on a date that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs ?” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter.
He instead touted the liberating effects of a recent see to what appeared to be Ghana.
” To find my freedom I went home ,” he finished the tweet.
A minute-long video Kaepernick included in the tweet registers numerous times from a outing he took with his partner Nessa Diab: villagers greeting him as he cures them with a house projection, a visit to a borough hospital in the city of Keta, and footage of a European-built slave-trader castle on Ghana’s coast.
It wasn’t clear from the video if his excursion included non-eu countries, or if he would be liberating more footage.
A representative for Kaepernick did not immediately respond to a HuffPost is asking for comment.
Kaepernick’s commentary resonated the prominent imagines of the largest columnist and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, in his notorious 1852 addres, ” What to the slave is the fourth of July ?”
In fact, the video begins with the expres of a narrator rehearsing one of the speech’s strings:” What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence ?”
The remainder of the video is set to the music of Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder’s song” Every Ghetto .”
As a back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49 ers, Kaepernick offset brandishes in August 2016 where reference is inaugurated a months-long declaration against ethnic abuse by was unwilling to stand for “the member states national” anthem before competitions. Initially he sat the psalm out wholly, but after a discussion with an NFL player who served in the military forces, he changed the gesture to a kneel.
” I am not going to stand up to show pride in a signal for a country that suppresses black people and people of color ,” Kaepernick said by way of justifying his decision after the first protest.
The move inspired other football players and student players to follow Kaepernick’s model in demonstration over police savagery toward people of color and other injustices.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49 ers in March, becoming a free agent. He has yet to be signed by another team.