Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick attended an event that criticized the holiday of Thanksgiving and the United States.
Kaepernick retweeted an article that claimed the holiday is “racist.”
Kaepernick spoke at the “Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony,” also known as “Unthanksgiving.” The event took place on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California. The intention of the event was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Native Americans occupying the island.
Kaepernick tweeted, “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.”
From Fox News:
Kaepernick is no stranger to controversy and has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season. He started a national firestorm when he decided to kneel during the national anthem before games to raise awareness about perceived social injustices across the U.S. He accused NFL owners in a grievance of blackballing him from the league because of the anthem protest, but the two sides settled earlier this year.
He tweeted a video of a man proclaiming that Native Americans were taking the land by “right of discovery.” The video also appeared to show him speaking to celebrants on the island.
“It’s been 50 years since the occupation,” Kaepernick said. “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.”
Kaepernick also apparently attended the event in 2017.
Kaepernick also retweeted an article by Washington Post writer Christopher Petrella who indicated Thanksgiving was racist.
“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 holiday,” he said in the post retweeted by Kaepernick.
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
Today, I was on Alcatraz Island at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, in solidarity with those celebrating their culture and paying respects to those that participated in the 19 month occupation of Alcatraz in an effort to force 🇺🇸 to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie. pic.twitter.com/KdNtY3dp72
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 24, 2017