At one time, Colin Kaepernick was considered a rising star within the NFL. But after a few tough years, muddled by injuries, the quarterback’s prospects began to dwindle. He then became known for his outspoken activism. The athlete sparked the “Anthem protests” encouraging players to kneel during the National Anthem as a protest against racism.
Many fans of the sport accused Kaepernick of insulting America, as well as ignoring the progress made to end racism and discrimination. Despite complaints by many fans, the NFL appears to have sided with protesting players.
Despite no longer playing for an NFL team, Kaepernick continues his activist message. This Independence Day, he sparked the outraged of many with a tweet:
Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter on Independence Day to deliver a strong rebuke to the celebration of the nation’s founding…
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. ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YCD2SYlgv4
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2020
Kaepernick launched a lawsuit against the NFL after he was cut and no other team signed him. He accused the league of firing him over his political views. Yet since then, the league has invited him to train and meet with teams. Consistently Kaepernick has refused, blaming the league for supposed discrimination.
Without a team to perform for or a chance to exhibit his athletic skills, it’s possible Kaepernick’s contracts with companies like Nike are in jeopardy (if they haven’t already ended). The former athlete appears to be more dedicated to his activism, going as far as to push a radical agenda criticizing the country that allowed him to thrive as a professional athlete.
His comments quickly incited criticism by numerous users online. It appears that instead of inspiring Americans in a positive way, Kaepernick is attacking the very people he needs to “bring change” to this society.
- Former athlete Colin Kaepernick posted a blistering message to America on July 4th.
- The quarterback was cut from his team and has been unwilling to sign to a new one.
- He continues his radical activism, going as far as to criticize Americans.