While many were celebrating our Independence Day yesterday, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to tweet a video that sought to condemn the United States as the worst nation on Earth.
The multi-millionaire posted a pre-Civil War quote by Frederick Douglass with a one-minute video containing images of slavery, the KKK, lynchings and police abuse of African-Americans with a voice-over reading from Douglass’ 1852 speech on slavery and the Fourth of July.
“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
This quote is lifted from the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” was given in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. It’s taken completely out of context, prompting Sen. Ted Cruz to call out Kaepernick.
“You quote a mighty and historic speech by the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass,” Sen. Cruz writes in response, “but, without context, many modern readers will misunderstand.”
Source: Fox News