Disgraced former NFL Player and GQ’s “Citizen of the Year,” attended and spoke at the annual Unthanksgiving Day held on Alcatraz in San Francisco, CA.
The event, which is held every year on the same day as America’s traditional Thanksgiving, commemorates the nine-month occupation of the prison by Native American activists from 1969-1971 per a report by The San Francisco Chronical via Fox News.
Kaepernick tweeted about the event and included a video that showed him participating in festivities and speaking to the crowd. He is heard saying:
“Our fight is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom. And realizing that we are all in this fight together makes us all the more powerful.”
Here is the video:
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
According to a report by nativevillage.org,
From November 20, 1969, to June 11, 1971, Native Americans took over and held Alcatraz Island as Indian Land. The Occupation of Alcatraz Island” was led by the Native American group, Indians of All Tribes (IAT).
The take-over lasted 14-months and ended when the Indians were forcibly removed by the federal government.
Indians of All Tribes claimed the island by citing the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868) between the U.S. and the Sioux. The treaty returned to Native peoples all retired, abandoned and out-of use federal lands. When Alcatraz penitentiary closed in 1963, the U.S. declared the island as surplus federal property. So Red Power activists reclaimed it.
Colin Kaepernick, not being a Native American, used the event to push his ideology of “social injustice” which he claims was behind his National Anthem protest that he started a season ago. Kaepernick thinks his kneeling for the anthem is what ultimately caused him to become unemployed from the NFL, and is currently suing the NFL over the whole matter.
This latest participation in Unthanksgiving Day clearly shows Kaepernick is not giving up on his cause.
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