While families were home with their families on Thanksgiving, celebrating togetherness and gratitude, others were “celebrating” activities with completely opposite themes. One individual took his media attention and used it to spread a vile message against America.
As SFGate reported, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made an appearance at the Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering on Thursday. Kaepernick used the event’s anti-American theme to speak out about “resistance,” a term frequently used in opposition efforts to undermine President Trump.
The event, also coined “Unthanksgiving Day,” held on Alcatraz Island is an ongoing tradition since 1975. It commemorates the 19-month period of occupation during 1969-1971, in which 89 American Indian activists occupied the area and demanded that it be replaced with an Indian school and cultural center.
During the event, the attendees gather to watch the sunrise across San Francisco Bay. The event includes traditional dances and speakers. Kaepernick joined them, wearing a t-shirt bearing the face of an American Indian, to send a message of resistance.
He was introduced as a “relative” to the movement by an unknown speaker who vowed, “We are not going to stand against the current day American genocide and what that represents.”
Kaepernick told the crowd, “I realize that our fight is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom, and realizing that we’re in this fight together makes it all the more powerful.”
He continued, “If there’s one thing that I take away from today and seeing the beauty of everybody out here, it’s that we’re only getting stronger every day, we’re only getting larger and larger every day. I see the strength in everybody.”
“The dancing, the rituals – that is our resistance. We continue to fight. We continue to fight for justice. We fight for our freedom, and we continue on that path,” he concluded. His words were met with applause and cheers.
A video posted to Kaepernick’s Twitter account shows him posing for photos with event attendees, using his closed-fist salute.
Kaepernick began kneeling for the national anthem as a form of protest during his career as a quarterback in the NFL last year. Kaepernick said his act of taking a knee was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and an act against what he called the “continuing victimization of blacks by police.”
His sudden and aggressive activism — which infuriated NFL fans and sparked a trend among other players in the league — ultimately resulted in his unemployment. The San Francisco 49ers released him from his contract, and other teams refused to sign him. Kaepernick accused the league of colluding and blacklisting him due to racism.
Now, the scorn quarterback has taken his racial activism full time, has secured a book deal, and was named GQ’s “Citizen of the Year.”
Are NFL teams right to shun Kaepernick?
The magazine’s editors wrote of Kaepernick, “He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. But Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference.” It’s worth noting that Jackie Robinson’s widow said he wouldn’t have kneeled for the anthem if given the chance.
It’s unclear what difference Kaepernick has actually made. He reaped tens of millions while in the NFL — over $39 million in just three of his five years with the 49ers — despite notoriously poor playing performance. Somehow, his act of kneeling has made him a Leftist icon. His most notable “accomplishments” this year have included kneeling and speaking out against racism, America, and President Trump, as well as helping to further alienate NFL fans. It’s no surprise he remains unemployed.