Along with a video showing pictures of the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynchings, Kaepernick wrote: “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.”
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The video’s disturbing pictures were over a backdrop of fireworks and actor James Earl James reading 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
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Kaepernick, 32, started kneeling for the national anthem before NFL games in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality and has been a free agent since his 49ers contract expired in 2017.
No teams have signed him since, raising allegations that the league was deliberately blackballing him. But last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he was encouraging teams to take into account signing Kaepernick.
“I welcome that,” Goodell said.
As Black Lives Matter protests continued over the U.S. following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody at the hands of a white police in Minneapolis, the country has restarted a deeper conversation about race, equality and American history.
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Kaepernick tweeted the same video on Independence Day last year.