Colin Kaepernick Celebrates Kneeling During Anthem With 'Anniversary' Video
Former NFL quarterback posts video of 'fighting systematic oppression'
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick boasted about his third anniversary of when he kneeled in during the national anthem at games.
In 2016, Kaepernick made headlines after he kneeled during the national anthem during a preseason game.
The former player's protests ignited a wave across the NFL with several players joining in, or raising a first, during “The Star-Spangled Banner."
The protest continues three years on.
“Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people!” he tweeted.
The video features footage from high-profile police shootings, including those of Walter Scott in South Carolina and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.
In the video, Kaepernick’s voice says:
“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates freedom and justice for all that is so unjust to many of the people living in it?"
The next clips show ex-San Francisco 49ers player explaining why he protested during the e national anthem and telling reporters it was to call attention to social and racial injustices in the United States.
Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people! ✊🏾— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 14, 2019
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The video also features relatives of those who were killed in police-related incidents, including Michael Brown’s father.
Kaepernick also invokes Tamir Rice, Stephon Clark, and Philando Castile, who also killed in police-involved incidents.
Last year, the Mississippi Law Enforcement Agency announced it would no longer be using Nike products after the company endorsed Kaepernick. With the "Just Do It" ad campaign.
Nike also canceled its Fourth of July-themed patriotic sneaker for Independence Day after Kaepernick argued the Betsy Ross flag design was "offensive."
Nike's Air Max 1 USA shoe was scheduled to be released on Wednesday ahead of the celebrations for July 4th.