When you make a Fidel Castro loving communist the face of Nike, you really can’t be surprised by what happens next. Just days after former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick forced Nike to remove their Besty Ross US Flag shoes from being sold due to the shoes being “offensive”, Kaepernick continued his Anti-American crusade by once again attacking the country on Independence Day.
Kaepernick posted a segment of Douglass’ speech: “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” delivered on July 5, 1852, nearly a decade before the Civil War.
Kaepernick posted the following segment:
“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.”
– Frederick Douglass
As Breitbart explains, the quote is actually taken out of context
Douglass’ speech was not one meant to wholly condemn America. In fact, even as his fellow blacks were still enslaved in the U.S., he ended his speech on a positive note by saying that the promises in America’s founding documents offered as much hope for freedom to blacks as it does whites.
After slamming America for its sin of practicing slavery, Douglass ended in hope:
I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age. Nations do not now stand in the same relation to each other that they did ages ago. No nation can now shut itself up from the surrounding world, and trot round in the same old path of its fathers without interference. The time was when such could be done.
But of course, context doesn’t matter to Kaepernick who is receiving a multi-million dollar endorsement deal from Nike to be the frontmen of their company. While Kaepernick’s supporters continue to claim that his protest of the national anthem wasn’t rooted in Anti-American sentiment, his actions and this twitter page continue to paint a different picture.