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Kaepernick says July 4 is about racism, but here’s what he said before

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

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Kapernick said that the 4th of July is about racism and white supremacy. Some people however find that claim to be ironic. He was adopted by a white couple from birth. Kaepernick posted a video showing the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynchings. He denounced the nation’s 244th birthday as a “celebration of white supremacy.”

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“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,” he wrote.

Social media experts dug up a Kaepernick tweet from nine years ago where the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was asking everyone to have a “blessed day.”

“Happy 4th of july everyone. I hope everyone has a blessed day,” he wrote at the time.

He was ripped over that tweet with one tweeter stating: “You aren’t allowed to celebrate since you hate it here” 

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season. Interest in the quarterback has risen in the wake of athletes protesting during the national anthem by taking a knee.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a video in June apologizing on behalf of the NFL for not doing a better job of listening to players’ concerns on racial inequality. He received criticism for not mentioning Kaepernick by name in his video.

“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” he said. “We, at the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.”

He also spoke on why the NFL decided to speak up in regards to those issues.

“What they were talking about and what they were protesting and what they were trying to bring attention to was playing out right in front of us and tragically,” Goodell said. “And so all of us saw that, and it was difficult for all of us. And so that was an important point for all of us.” sources from Fox News.

Yet most might be misguided by the cause, for example famed abolitionist’s Frederick Douglass’s statue was toppled from its base and left near the Genesee River gorge.

Located in Maplewood Park, the statue “had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence” on the river side, according to a statement from Rochester police. The statue was left about 50 feet from its pedestal.

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The base and lower part of the statue was damaged, as was a finger on the statue’s left hand.Across the United States, Douglass’ July 5, 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” has been shared widely on social media and elsewhere as a reminder of the country’s legacy of slavery and racism, sources from Democrat and Chronicle.

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