If this comes as a surprise, you really haven’t been paying attention.
Radical former NFL player Colin Kaepernick expressed support on social media of reports that South Africa’s new black president plans to seize land owned by white farmers since the 1600s — expropriation — and redistribute the property to black citizens.
Kaepernick, who launched the show of disrespect toward the national anthem as a player for the San Francisco 49ers in a protest of police brutality and racism, opted to re-tweet a post from Shaun King saying “this needs to happen.”
King is a one-time Black Lives Matter activist who claims to be biracial, despite lots of controversy behind the assertion.
South Africa's new President announces his intent to take back farm land.
Listen to me.
This needs to happen.
Black South Africans represent 79% of the nation, but only own 1.2% of the farm land. This is not OK.
It was stolen during colonization & apartheid. pic.twitter.com/LqXP88cut0
— Shaun King (@shaunking) February 23, 2018
But Kapernick didn’t stop with one re-tweet, as he also shared a tweet from Lamont Lilly, a self-identified communist social justice activist, as contradictory as that may be.
Lilly, who was the 2016 vice presidential nominee of the revolutionary Marxist–Leninist Workers World Party, was even more adamant about the land being taken from whites without compensation.
“Why, of course! It’s called #decolonization. The English should have never been there to begin with. And what about the hundreds of thousands of indigenous Black South Africans who were SLAUGHTERED and had their land outright STOLEN during SA #APARTHEID? It’s about goddamn time!!” Lilly tweeted.
Why, of course! It's called #decolonization. The English should have never been there to begin with. And what about the hundreds of thousands of indigenous Black South Africans who were SLAUGHTERED and had their land outright STOLEN during SA #APARTHEID? It's about goddamn time!! https://t.co/BV66ek0Dw7
— Lamont Lilly (@LamontLilly) February 23, 2018
Both views were in effect endorsed by Kapernick when he retweeted them to the 1.73 million lemmings who follow him on Twitter.
It’s also an indication of the political influence that shapes the unemployed player’s mindset.
More than one social media user pointed to Zimbabwe as an example of how this decision could backfire on South Africa.
After expropriating land from white farmers without compensation in 2000, Zimbabwe’s government was hit with hyperinflation and food shortages, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
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