Kaepernick: ‘This Fourth of July is Yours, Not Mine’

On Independence Day, former NFL anthem-protester Colin Kaepernick tweeted a quote from Frederick Douglass in which the former slave and abolitionist slammed America’s “shocking and bloody” practices.

Quoting from Douglass’ speech delivered on July 5, 1852, titled “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Kaepernick tweeted, “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine… There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.”

Breitbart reports not only that the quote was taken out of context, but also that most respondents criticized Kaepernick for attacking the U.S on Independence Day. “Feel free to leave,” was the typical reply.