Colin Kaepernick is an NFL free agent who used to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Despite his exploits on the field, he rose to fame when he started protesting by not standing when the American “Star Spangled Banner” National Anthem is played at the start of each game.
He was motivated by what he viewed as the oppression of non-white races in the U.S. His actions prompted a wide variety of responses, including additional athletes in the NFL and other U.S. sports leagues protesting the anthem in various ways.
Yesterday was the Fourth of July, the American Independence Day. Following from his past protests, Colin decided to celebrate the day at a place were he finds true independence.
He sent a video tweet yesterday, documenting his trip to Ghana and how well he was received.
“How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home,” he said.
How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home. pic.twitter.com/hniYGJeLxG
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2017
Kaepernick started a longer Instagram post about the trip with the Frederick Douglass quote, “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” Here’s what Kaepernick wrote:
“In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return.
“I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park.
“I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.”