Colin Kaepernick is using his platform to speak out against Fourth of July celebrations.
On the national holiday, Kaepernick reasoned that America shouldn’t be rejoicing amid the nationwide protests for racial equality. He added that Black people have been “terrorized” by this country for far too long. “Black [people] 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.
Kaepernick’s tweet came after he offered support for Minneapolis protesters, explaining that he will cover legal fees for those incarcerated. Following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis that lost his life due to police brutality, several protests have broken out across America.
“In fighting for liberation there‘s always retaliation,” Kaepernick wrote to Twitter on May 29. “We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp.”
A few days before that, Kaepernick spoke about the unfortunate death of Floyd, adding that violence needs to end. “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” he tweeted. “The cries for peace will rain down and when they do, they will land on deaf ears because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd.”
On Saturday (July 4), news broke that Tao Thao, the third former officer involved in Floyd’s death, was released from jail after posting $750,000 bail. The ex-cop, who was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. EST.
Take a look at Colin Kaepernick’s tweet regarding Fourth of July celebrations below.
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