Last year, Colin Kaepernick made the choice to sit during the National Anthem, showing his disrespect America and all those who fight to protect it. Well, he’s done it again. On 4th of July, he posted a video of himself in Ghana, captioning it, on Instagram, with a Frederick Douglass quotation from his 1852 Independence Day Speech:
“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?”
Of course, Douglass, a former slave, had the right to express that feeling when the U.S. still owned slaves, but Kaepernick, who had the freedom to insult the United States by not standing for the Anthem, has misplaced anger. As an adopted child who rose to fame and wealth, he has been fully apart of the American dream.
On Twitter, he captioned the video: “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”
Kaepernick is so blinded by his anger that he can’t see the freedom that exists in America, and how we continually fight to preserve that freedom and extend it to others.
He continues, ““In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage.”
Kaepernick might have found his “personal independence” in Ghana, but by posting about it on July 4th, he made it into a rejection of the freedom America has given him.