Washington, DC - Former National Football League (NFL) quarterback and current Nike representative, Colin Kaepernick, accused the United States of targeting minorities after President Donald Trump announced on Friday that a U.S. military airstrike had killed a notorious terrorist, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
"There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism," Kaepernick tweeted on Saturday.
“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world,” the former professional football player tweeted a minute later.
The former San Francisco 49-er, who started kneeling on the field for the National Anthem at the start of the 2016 NFL season, later retweeted a quote by notorious Black Panther supporter Angela Davis.
“’As a Black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.’–Angela Davis,” Kaepernick tweeted.
Davis purchased the guns used by a 17-year-old to storm a Marin County courtroom and take three jurors hostage in 1970, CBS News reported.
The former professional football player, who was once the league’s second-highest-paid quarterback, claimed when he started kneeling during the National Anthem that it was to protest police brutality against minorities.
Kaepernick then incorporated the flag into his protest. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time.
Now, his most recent tweets ranting about American imperialism appear to have placed him firmly in the anti-U.S. military camp.
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) criticized Kaepernick and called him out for being a racist on Sunday morning.
“He’s a loser on and off the field,” Graham said on the FOX News show “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“He has no idea what the Iranian regime has done to the region. He has no idea that they have 600 American deaths as a result of IEDs made in Iran, used in Iraq,” the senator continued.
“It’s un-American. He’s a racist,” the senator continued. “If you’re looking for racism in America, then Mr. Kaepernick look in the mirror.”
Graham said Kaepernick was “blinded by your hatred” towards President Trump that he can’t see right from wrong.
“Your country’s not the problem. It’s the Iranians and you’re so blinded by your hatred of Trump that you can’t see the difference between who we are and who the Ayatollah is,” he ranted. “Pretty sad.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since he quit in 2016. His record in the NFL as a starter his last two seasons was 3-16.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in December of 2019 that the league was finished with Kaepernick after the former quarterback blew off an opportunity for a workout in the Atlanta Falcons training facility because he claimed he didn’t trust the NFL.
Nike has since used Kaepernick in publicity stunts to try to generate more revenue form his controversial positions.