(CNSNews.com) - Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, sent out a tweet on the Fourth of July condemning what he called “your celebration of white supremacy” and looking “forward to liberation for all.”
“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your celebration of ‘independence,’ while you enslaved our ancestors,” Kaepernick said.
“We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all,” he said.
The tweet included a video in which a narrator recited some of the lines from the speech that Frederick Douglas gave on July 4, 1852.
As the narrator recites the lines, the video shows photographic images of slaves---and then, at one point, a video clip of two policemen beating a blind-folded man strapped to a chair.
“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” Douglas said in a part of that speech given nine years before the start of the Civil War.
“Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?” Douglas said.
“The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,” Douglas said.
“There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour,” Douglas said.