Colin Kaepernick Spoke Out At “Unthanksgiving Day” Event At Alcatraz Island
NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick spent the holiday celebrating and advocating at the annual Indigenous People Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island.
The former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, made a surprise appearance Thursday to commemorate honoring “Indians of All Tribes” who took part in the Occupation of Alcatraz back in 1969-71.
Colin Kaepernick took to his Twitter page to share some memorable moments from the event.
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
Joining in “solidarity with those celebrating their culture and paying respects to the people,” Kaepernick was there to help “force America to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie.” “If there is one thing that I take away from today and seeing the beauty of everybody out here, it is that we’re only getting stronger every day, we’re only getting larger and larger every day,” Colin said during his speech. “I see the strength in everybody.”
He added: “The dancing, the rituals — that is our resistance. We continue to fight. We continue to fight for justice. We fight for our freedom, and we continue on that path.” The 30-year-old football free agent continues to be at the center of attention after he began kneeling instead of standing during the U.S. national anthem as a way to protest racial inequality and police brutality. That action sparked an ongoing wave of NFL protests—that still continue till this day—by players despite being repeatedly denounced by President Donald Trump.
Kaepernick has yet to be signed by another team.
Earlier this month, Kaepernick was named GQ Magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his stance against injustice and activism. The magazine included comments from Kaepernick supporters such as J. Cole, Harry Belafonte and others.