It’s no holiday getaway for Colin Kaepernick, who slammed the Fourth of July as a “celebration of white supremacy,” in a tweet.
“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by The us for centuries, & are predicted to sign up for your commemoration of ‘independence’, when you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & appear ahead to liberation for all,” the former NFLer star tweeted.
The activist, who was infamously shunned from the league soon after kneeling for the duration of the national anthem, paired the message with a video which put together images of slaves, law enforcement brutality, the KKK, the Declaration of Independence and lynchings together with Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” speech, as narrated by actor James Earl Jones.
“Fellow-citizens, pardon me, permit me to question, why am I named on to converse below to-working day? What have I, or individuals I characterize, to do with your national independence?” Jones reads.
“Are the good ideas of political liberty and of pure justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, prolonged to us?” Jones continues in the small clip. “… This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.”