Kaepernick Blasts America on 'Unthanksgiving Day,' Accuses Citizens of Stealing Land
NFL quarterback accuses Americans of occupying land 'stolen' from indigenous people
Failed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took the opportunity to attack the United States on “Unthanksgiving Day,” accusing America of having “stolen” land from “indigenous people.”
Kaepernick wrote in a tweet featuring a video:
“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.”
According to Mother Jones:
Native Americans in northern California gather annually for a sunrise ceremony called “Unthanksgiving Day” on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.
This year’s gathering, though, was special: It marked 50 years since Bay Area Natives, having left reservations and flocked to cities, staked a claim to Alcatraz (where the infamous federal prison was decommissioned in 1963).
On November 20, 1969, Indigenous activists began their 19-month occupation of the island—a watershed moment for Native organizing that pushed President Richard Nixon to end the brutal “termination” era, during which over 100 tribes lost federal assistance.
The occupation ignited a series of radical organizing that continues to this day.
Aside from remembering that occupation, Unthanksgiving Day also honors a legacy of Indigenous resistance, which spans over 500 years.
The former NFL quarterback said regarding the video:
“It’s been 50 years since the occupation, and that struggle has continued for that 50 years, before that 50 years, it will continue from this point.
"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.”
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
Last week, Kaepernick released a hype reel of himself at his most recent highly publicized workout.
Speculation is growing that Colin Kaepernick may not play in the NFL this season, or possibly even ever again, as new reports indicate no teams have shown interest.