Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is continuing to try to make a bigger name for himself off the field than he was capable of making on it.
In his last year in the League, Kaepernick was benched by the San Fransisco 49ers and controversially started a movement where players would kneel during the National Anthem. He was ultimately dropped by the team and, in the three years since, he has yet to sign with another team.
Since departing from the NFL, Kaepernick has jumped from one social movement or event to another to keep his name resonating—which most recently includes bashing America at a gathering on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. The event was called the “Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony,” BizPac Review reports.
Kaepernick uploaded a video of him attending the event to social media.
“Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always,” he said in the tweet.
In an accompanying video, Kaepernick included his comments at the event.
“It’s been 50 years since the occupation,” he can be heard saying. “And that struggle has continued for that 50 years … It’s our responsibility to honor our ancestors and honor our elders by carrying on that struggle. Don’t let their sacrifices be in vain. That’s why it’s important for all of us to be here today — to show that we’re together, that we’re unified, that we have that solidarity. And I hope to spend many more of these with you.”
Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always.✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/6cTuktUlQN
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 28, 2019
BizPac Review reports Kaepernick attended the same event in 2017.
Kaepernick took one more swing at the Thanksgiving holiday when he shared a Washington Post article that claimed Thanksgiving had racially discriminatory roots.
I wrote this.
Antebellum campaigns to establish Thanksgiving as nat’l holiday grew up alongside colonizationist efforts to remove free Black people from U.S.
Nationalization advocates mobilized white fears of Black equality to build support for holidayhttps://t.co/SXCgFNN5BG
— Christopher Petrella (@CFPetrella) November 27, 2019