Ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick just confirmed his utter disdain for this country and its traditions.
On the Fourth of July, when most people were celebrating America, Kaepernick posted a tweet in which he made his hatred of the holiday — and the nation it honors — crystal clear.
The former footballer 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. [sic]
As Quin Hillyer points out in an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner, this kind of anti-American message is nothing new for Kaepernick, the former NFL player who, in 2016, started the controversial trend of kneeling during the pregame National Anthem.
According to Kaepernick, he did this in protest of systemic racism, which he alleges is endemic to this country.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick explained back in 2016, according to Hillyer.
He went on: “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
For most Americans, kneeling in this way is disrespectful to our flag, our country, and the military men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us free. Kaepernick’s Fourth of July tweet, according to Hillyer, is evidence that the former athlete has always known that this is exactly the message he is sending — and that it is entirely intentional.
In his Independence Day salvo, Kaepernick seemed to presume that he could speak for all Black people, given that he used the pronoun “we.” But plenty of Black Twitter users let Kaepernick know that he is by no means their spokesperson.
One Twitter user named Kenny Akers let his feelings be known, saying:
I’m a [B]lack combat veteran. I celebrate the 4th. We have millions of Black Men & Women that are real life hero’s that “I” myself am very proud of and thankful for their sacrifices so that I can continue the legacy of freedom. I am an American because of them!
Sports journalist Jason Whitlock offered a take of his own:
Like all things Kaepernick and most things limited to 280 characters, Kaepernick’s tweet heard ‘round the world is breathtakingly uninformed and devoid of substance. It’s a divisive hot take packaged as righteous indignation.
It is worth noting that Kaepernick himself has not always been steeped in such anti-American sentiment. He, too, used to celebrate the holiday, writing on Twitter back on July 4, 2011, “Happy 4th of July everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day.” Apparently, that was before Kaepernick got “woke.”