Colin Kaepernick Posts Frederick Douglass Quote: 'The Fourth of July Is Yours, Not Mine'

Written By BlabberBuzz | Source: Breitbart | Thursday, 04 July 2019 21:33
Former NFL anthem-protester Colin Kaepernick chose Independence Day to post an out of context quote from famed former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, in which he referred to America as “shocking and bloody.

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

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The quote, though, is out of context because 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.

Douglass’ relationship with the U.S.A. was understandably complicated. But he always tended to feel that America was a great nation with a flawed history. Indeed, he also called the U.S. Constitution a “glorious liberty document” in that very same speech.

Douglass knew that the “American genius” was a promise for all men, not just whites, and it was a promise built into the country from the very beginning.

His tweet did not bring many supporters. While some few replies did sign onto Kaepernick’s anti-American angle, most replies slammed the former NFL player for his Independence Day attack.

Aaron Riley, for one, gave the quick reply that many Twitter uses did saying, “Feel free to leave.”

But dozens of others were just as unhappy that Kaepernick was attacking the U.S.A. on our nation’s day of Independence.

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The Shadow League Calls 'Captain America' Kaepernick One Person We Should Celebrate On Independence Day

This article was sourced from NewsBustersSuddenly labeled by media as "Captain America," Colin Kaepernick has saved Nike from making a huge mistake and commanded an apology from a minor league baseball team in Tennessee that realizes you don't tug on Superman's cape.

Numerous sports media reported on these two developments this week, driving home the point that a man of Kaepernick's immense social justice stature is not to be disregarded or toyed with. Carron J. Phillips, writer for The Shadow League blog, came up with the "Captain America" bile and says Kaepernick is one of the people we should celebrate on Independence Day. He wrote, "Days before this country celebrates its birthday, Colin Kaepernick is once again doing everything he can to save America from itself. Kaepernick stepped in to shut down Nike’s idea of releasing the Air Max 1 USA this week to commemorate the Fourth of July, as the heel of the shoe featured the Betsy Ross flag. ... At this point, Kaep is Captain America."

The Kaepernick-Betsy Ross shoes story captured the attention of countless news and sports media across the nation this week. On Wednesday, numerous sports media reported that the Class AA Tennessee Smokies baseball team had deleted a tweet and apologized to Kaepernick for making light of the Ross shoes controversy.

The colonial era Betsy Ross flag, Phillips asserts, "symbolizes an era in our history, the 1770s, when American was being 'made great' by the work of slaves, this idea was a bad one from its inception." Bad for any organization indebted to the America-hating Kaepernick to the tune of mega millions of dollars, that is.

There's another reason the Betsy Ross flag was a real bad idea, according to Phillips. In 2016, the superintendent of the Grand Rapids, Mich., school district had to apologize for students who displayed the Betsy Ross and “Make American Great Again” flags at a high school football game. Some snowflake parents thought the flags were symbols of white supremacy and nationalism, and the NAACP had to condemn the students' actions.

With this sorry and presumed history of so-called racist kids conveying evil messages by displaying the Ross and Trump flags, and, as Phillips alleges, given that Kaepernick is the face of Nike's 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, "he has attained the power to tell a company on the level of Nike’s to 'chill.'”

Nike isn't paying "Captain America" Kaepernick to be a flag cop, but his heroiic assertiveness came just in the nick of time, says Phillips:

"But once again, Colin Kaepernick has done something he didn’t have to for the sake of others. Proving once again, that he’s one of the reasons, and people, we should be celebrating during this week of independence."

In the related story about Kaepernick and the Tennessee Smokies, MSN writer Jason Owens praised the team's management for making things right with "Captain America" after trolling him and Nike with a stunt.

"Bravo, Tennessee Smokies," Owens writes. The Smokies apologized to Kaepernick and said they didn't mean to offend him when the Chicago The Cubs' minor league affiliate tweeted four photos Wednesday of the Ross flag etched into the dirt of their field with the caption: "Hey @Kaepernick7 after a lot of thought, we have decided it's best to just do it. #America." They also deleted the tweet that Owens called mocking.

"Just in time for July 4, the double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs has chosen to stoke the flames of America’s culture wars with a publicity stunt involving Colin Kaepernick, Nike and the American flag," wrote Owens, who found a political tie-in to the story as well.

Owens drilled down into the ownership of the Cubs and Smokies to further politicize the "stunt."

The Chicago Cubs are co-owned by Republican National Committee finance chairman Todd Ricketts, and the Cubs informed the media they had nothing to do with the Smokies' tweet, Owens added. Furthermore, the Smokies are owned by Republican Randy Boyd, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in Tennessee last year.

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