Colin Kaepernick issued a fierce rebuke of Independence Day, slamming the ‘celebration of white supremacy’ and calling out America for ‘centuries’ of abuse against black people.
The star athlete and activist took to Twitter to share the powerful rejection, along with a video of actor James Earl Jones reciting Frederick Douglass’s renowned speech ‘What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?’
The video showed a series of shocking visuals, including photos of slave auctions, Ku Klux Klan members, lynchings, videos of officers brutally beating black inmates and of police brutality, racist caricature drawings and the works.
‘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,’ Kaepernick said in his tweet.
‘We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.’
Kaepernick’s tweet comes as Americans across the United States take part in historic demonstrations following the death of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Roughly 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations to protest against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States.
Source: Daily Mail