Colin Kaepernick Explains Why He Traveled 'Home' To Ghana For Independence Day
Kaepernick, "To find my independence, I went home."
July 05, 2017 at 7:05 pm
The former 49ers quarterback visited Ghana on the Fourth of July.Like many African Americans this year, Kaepernick refused to celebrate the American holiday, feeling that it is not an inclusive holiday for all — especially not for people of color.
He tweeted, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”
Along with the tweet, Kaepernick shared a brief video recapping his experience in the West African nation.
This trip was more than a simple expression of liberation for Kaepernick, but a way for him to connect to his ancestral roots.
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
“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," said Kaepernick.
Kaepernick was accompanied by his girlfriend, Nessa Diab. He even traveled to Egypt and was joined by current 49ers receiver, Marquise Goodwin.
This isn't the first time the 29-year-old has used his platform as a professional athlete and public figure to support social causes.
It has been a year since Colin Kaepernick caused major controversy in the news by taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of the senseless slayings of black Americans as well as and the general injustices minorities face.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," said the NFL quarterback.
Kaepernick has made it clear that while he is passionate about his football career, there are bigger issues at hand in our own backyard that ought not to be swept under the rug.
Perhaps due to his outspoken stance, Kaepernick has yet to sign with a new NFL team and after finding himself relieved of his duties with the 49ers.
Despite this, it would seem that he remains focused on changing the world.
On Instagram, Kaepernick summed up why he chose to visit Ghana on Independence Day with a beautiful quote by Frederick Douglass, "“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?”
Colin, we commend you.