Failed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick slammed the Fourth of July as a “celebration of white supremacy” this weekend, but had no problem celebrating the holiday when Barack Obama was president.
Independence Day is a sham, Kaepernick claimed on Saturday, arguing that the U.S.’s “commemoration of ‘independence’” ignores America’s original sin: slavery.
Just a few years ago, however, Kaepernick had a much different message for Americans:
Critics were quick to point out this sudden change in tune:
This isn’t the only American holiday Kaepernick has insulted. Last year, he referred to Thanksgiving Day as “Unthanksgiving Day,” and accused the U.S. of stealing from and killing Native Americans.
“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,” Kaepernick said.
He also claimed that the killing of Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani, who murdered hundreds of American soldiers, was just another racist “terrorist attack” the U.S. has committed against people of color.
Kaepernick, who is mixed-race biologically, grew up under the care of affluent, adoptive white parents in suburban California.
“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” Kaepernick said.
“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.”