Ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick, whose protest kindled a wave of disgruntled millionaires kneeling during the national anthem, wants to make sure people don’t misunderstand him: He believes America is unjust and he will do whatever he can so people understand that.
On Thanksgiving Day, as the grateful part of the country continues to call it, Kaepernick sidled off with his thousand-pound bag of burdens to visit Alcatraz Island.
No, it wasn’t to serve time incarcerated for any heinous crime, such as treason. America isn’t as communist as say… Cuba.
It was so Kaepernick could spread his petulant and patently untrue message about police violence, which has metastasized into an all-encompassing message about racial equality. Kaep might want to get the memo that equality is already a concept that is legally enshrined in U.S. law, thus leaving him little recourse to convince Americans of inequality in society.
When it comes to political persuasion, it’s usually not the best idea to make one’s case by attacking the values, traditions, and identity of the target audience. Consider it a ‘rhetorical interception.’
That doesn’t stop Kaepernick from doing just that, this time by participating on Thursday in an event known as “Un-Thanksgiving Day.”
It’s an Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, as KTLA reports, memorializing “the Native Americans who occupied the prison from 1969 to 1971 to reclaim the island and have it turned into an Indian educational center.”
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
The former quarterback also got a few feathers for his cap, as the Mercury News reported, since the Native American elder gave him two honorary eagle feathers.
“Our fight is the same fight,” Kaepernick said. “We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom.”
As of publication, we aren’t aware that Kaepernick has been imprisoned or is otherwise “unfree.” However, considering his brand of anti-American rhetoric, maybe he’d like to go visit one of the communist countries he idolizes so much and see how well the authorities accept his political activism.
The communist-sympathizing former 49ers quarterback continues to signal what his protest is all about: being “un-thankful” for living in one of the freest and wealthiest nations on earth. Living examples that anyone can make it in America, including himself, apparently cause no mental confusion for the interception-prone erstwhile ball-slinger. Cognitive dissonance is quite a thing to behold.
Kaepernick’s protests are going on to this day, even on Thanksgiving. It’s a powerful reminder that there is no placating those who push the narrative that Americans are victims, instead of lucky inhabitants of one of the greatest nations in the world.
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