Colin Kaepernick discusses “independence” while in Ghana

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Colin Kaepernick spent his Independence Day in a place where many people lost theirs.

The former 49ers quarterback posted on social media yesterday about his trip to Ghana, where he visited former slave trading sites as well as touring local villages and a hospital.

He posted a short video of the trip, along with the Frederick Douglass quote: “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?”

He followed that with a longer Instagram post, in which he described his trip.

“In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from,” he wrote. “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.”

This follows a stop in Egypt, in what’s clearly an extended tour for Kaepernick. That’s far from the public relations tour some have suggested he undertake if he wants to get back into football (though the many less-qualified quarterbacks who have signed contracts this offseason haven’t had to justify their interest in playing to the media before getting jobs).

For now, Kaepernick’s exploring his personal history, a far more meaningful journey.

90 responses to “Colin Kaepernick discusses “independence” while in Ghana

  1. Please stay there and donate your millions to the Ghana citizens. This guy has made enough to retire already and spits on the USA. Go make a living in Ghana.

  2. Colin is a sheep who believes a false narrative that “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”, “If I Had a Son He’d Look Like Trayvon” & “The Cambridge PD Acted Stupidly” pushed by a radical racist POTUS & AG. Stupid people can’t play QB!

  3. Maybe if he didn’t suck as a QB, he wouldn’t have had the free time to visit Ghana.

  4. Interesting post and strategy IF he wants to play in the NFL again (obviously many question his true intentions – NFL QB or political activist). He has said nothing about perfecting his craft during this media embrace that began in March. Rather he seems intent on taunting those who found his blanket indictment of the police and legal system offensive. This will pour fuel on the fire of his martyrdom. I thought the site was about sport not advancing an obviously flawed political message (generalizing about all police is absurd!). I guess NBS wants PFT to change it’s name to promoting Florio’s tirades.

  5. I applaud your efforts Kaep. I hope your search is fruitful. The true tragedy of slavery was the resulting disconnect from ancestry.

    Though posters here will try to make it about not being able to ride in the front of the bus.

  6. Learning about your ancestors is wonderful. Dissing your country and ticking people off further, not a good career move.

  7. It must be getting harder and harder for his defenders to pretend he really is a starter level QB and that anyone saying otherwise is just racist and that he still cares about football when he’s doing things like this.

    In the meantime, out here in the real world, yes, something must be done to eliminate police brutality against those of any color when it actually happens, but the false narratives that all police are racists out to murder people of color and that all police shootings of people of color are unjustifiable murder aren’t helping anyone.

    It’s hard to have discussions about the Philando Castile case, for example, when the other side if insisting that Michael Brown was just as innocent.

  8. I find it ironic that a man whose biological mother is unquestionably Caucasian and who was raised by loving adoptive parents in a white suburb, identifies so strongly with his unknown father’s ancestry. Does he plan to visit Europe for his other 50%? Rachel Donezal has been criticized widely for impersonates an African american and Colin, by blood and breeding, identifies completely with a father he never knew, rather than a mother he spurns and loving parents.

  9. Racism and tribalism are in our DNA, selected for survival throughout eons of hominid evolution. It’s an uncomfortable biological truth. Deal with it by giving anyone a chance until they prove otherwise.

    Stop the endless whining about it and using it as an excuse. You were never a slave, you were highly privileged. This country does far better than most in giving its citizens the opportunity to overcome cultural bias. Anyone unaware of that hasn’t seen much of the world. There’s a reason throngs want to immigrate and no one emigrates – including you Kapernick.

  10. IF he is truly interested in football how is this trip helpful in his preparation to get a job? He is now doing what he wants so please no more stories about his dedication and wanting to play football! This topic is no longer relative to this season.

  11. This post coming out the same day as report that the New York City police officer just murdered was killed by a left-wing activist and BLM supporter is not going to help with giving this pig-sock wearer sympathy.

    Is there a football team in Ghana willing to give him a try-out?

  12. I suspect that should stick a fork in Kaepernick and end any possible return ……

    Next time we see a Kaepernick story it should be about him entering a concussion lawsuit for the good of mankind ……

  13. Going to Ghana, exploring your roots, etc…good for you. It’s the subsequent postings to social media and continued pot-stirring that’s keeping you out of the NFL.

    A journey of self-discovery is no longer one when you broadcast it to the world. And a large majority of NFL fans wish you would cease posting meaningless ramblings (to us) on an interest level of someone posting FB pics of what they’re having for lunch.

  14. dcpatfan says:
    Jul 5, 2017 8:09 AM
    I applaud your efforts Kaep. I hope your search is fruitful. The true tragedy of slavery was the resulting disconnect from ancestry.

    Though posters here will try to make it about not being able to ride in the front of the bus.
    _________________________________
    Slavery and the treatment of the ancestors of slaves is a black mark on the history of this country. But let’s not forget there were other groups who were as much slaves as those from Africa, the Irish and Chinese come to mind. But those in the North make themselves feel better by calling these people indentured servants, just a fancy word for slaves.
    Due to atrocities by the countries there are europeans who can’t trace the heritage all the way back either.

  15. testforcommentblog says:
    Jul 5, 2017 1:00 PM
    How long until this loser becomes Radicalized??
    Also…where would he be if he wasn’t adopted by his white parents?

    ———————————————————————
    Did he get his ability run a 4.4 40 in a 6’4 frame and throw a ball 70 yards in the air from his adopted white parents? No?

  16. I can understand where Kaepernick is going with this, but his tweet is completely historically inaccurate. There was slavery well before July 4, 1776 in the colonies and the Declaration of Independence has zero mention of slavery. July 4, 1776 does not have much relevance at all to the history of American slavery, as he proposes.

  17. “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs?” – CK

    Hey Colin, the Declaration of Independence is the document that includes the text that was used to abolish slavery. “Stimulated by the philosophy of the Declaration of Independence between 1777 and 1804, every Northern state provided for the immediate or gradual abolition of slavery.” via Wikipedia.

    Colin’s quote is dumbfounding for a person on a quest of this nature.

  18. Independence = anarchy, anything less is filtered freedom. Maybe some are willing to trade that for some assumed protection from your government from the boogeyman, but not me. Thanks but no thanks. And I didn’t ask to come here, so here I’ll stay.

  19. testforcommentblog says:
    Jul 5, 2017 1:00 PM
    How long until this loser becomes Radicalized??
    Also…where would he be if he wasn’t adopted by his white parents?

    ———————————————————————
    Did he get his ability run a 4.4 40 in a 6’4 frame and throw a ball 70 yards in the air from his adopted white parents? No!

    ——————————————————

    True, but his white parents brought him into an environment where he had every opportunity to succeed and grow up privileged.

    His parents should be embarrassed at what he has become.

  20. margoadams says:
    Jul 5, 2017 7:28 AM
    Colin is a sheep who believes a false narrative that “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”, “If I Had a Son He’d Look Like Trayvon” & “The Cambridge PD Acted Stupidly” pushed by a radical racist POTUS & AG. Stupid people can’t play QB!
    ~~~~~~~~~
    It’s a shame that he is so shallow and gullible and has no desire to see the actual truth. He probably believes he was visiting descendants of slaves, but odds are he was actually visiting the descendants of the slave traders. Activists like to believe that white men from Europe were hunting black people in the jungle and trapping them like animals. The truth is that they bought them (most likely at the ports themselves) from the local black men who sold their fellow citizens into slavery.

  21. Despite all the Kaepernick bashing, he was historically correct. Human beings were forced into slavery from that area. Apparently many PFT posters don’t realize that or would prefer that slavery still exist.

  22. “Despite all the Kaepernick bashing, he was historically correct. Human beings were forced into slavery from that area.”

    He said:

    “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs?”

    This implies that American Independence had something to do with the starting of the slave trade. Or maybe it just doesn’t make any sense.

  23. nFan68 says:
    Jul 5, 2017 1:54 PM
    margoadams says:
    Jul 5, 2017 7:28 AM
    Colin is a sheep who believes a false narrative that “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”, “If I Had a Son He’d Look Like Trayvon” & “The Cambridge PD Acted Stupidly” pushed by a radical racist POTUS & AG. Stupid people can’t play QB!
    ~~~~~~~~~
    It’s a shame that he is so shallow and gullible and has no desire to see the actual truth. He probably believes he was visiting descendants of slaves, but odds are he was actually visiting the descendants of the slave traders. Activists like to believe that white men from Europe were hunting black people in the jungle and trapping them like animals. The truth is that they bought them (most likely at the ports themselves) from the local black men who sold their fellow citizens into slavery.

    11 3
    Did you have a sit down with Kap to see what he believes or you are just talking to be heard?

  24. Again, the agenda does wash with historical accuracy. While slavery had plenty of blame to be spread around, the look no further than dominate African tribes in places like Ghana who enslaved their neighbors and sold them for profit stimulated the slave trade and in essence encouraged the triangular trade that became prominent. Again, plenty of blame to go around, but of course CK wants to believe his ancestors were victims of white oppression that remains today. He should try to study objective history to learn the truth about slavery and oppression. In fact, why does he think so many Africans have Muslim names. Certainly European slave traders didn’t name them, they were forced to convert and were enslaved by Muslim Jihads. I don’t think he is an idiot, he has fallen under the spell of hateful people who truly do have an agenda.

  25. cosmicconvoy says:
    Jul 5, 2017 2:19 PM
    Agenda first, football last. The real reason he’s unemployed.

    1 0
    If what you say is true,was anything he did or said false?

  26. Hey Kaep,

    Glad to hear you found your zen in Ghana, but here’s something you might not have realized … all our ancestors were slaves at one time or another — slavery wasn’t invented in Africa.

  27. @dcapettini says:
    Jul 5, 2017 1:00 PM

    I find it ironic that a man whose biological mother is unquestionably Caucasian and who was raised by loving adoptive parents in a white suburb, identifies so strongly with his unknown father’s ancestry. Does he plan to visit Europe for his other 50%? Rachel Donezal has been criticized widely for impersonates an African american and Colin, by blood and breeding, identifies completely with a father he never knew, rather than a mother he spurns and loving parents.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    It’s not any different from people who were adopted to want to find out about their blood lines, etc. Until you can allow yourself to see things from a different perspective, you will never truly understand his motivation or that of anyone else. Ancestry.com is running commercials about Caucasians wanting to find out their roots. I don’t have an issue with it. You should try it and you’ll probably find some MIXED BLOOD in your lineage!

  28. @bayousooner90 says:
    Jul 5, 2017 1:35 PM

    Slavery and the treatment of the ancestors of slaves is a black mark on the history of this country. But let’s not forget there were other groups who were as much slaves as those from Africa, the Irish and Chinese come to mind. But those in the North make themselves feel better by calling these people indentured servants, just a fancy word for slaves.
    Due to atrocities by the countries there are europeans who can’t trace the heritage all the way back either.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Very true! Government census. My grandmother was listed as an indentured servant in Oxford, PA.

  29. @bayousooner90

    Show me in the history of this country where “indentured servitude” separated husband, wife, mother, daughter from son or grandfather…

    stop spinning.

  30. I don’t care if Colin Kapernick discusses crop rotation in the Ukraine. He has no future in the league, and his own selfish actions brought him to this point. He kicked the establishment and now seems shocked that the establishment kicked him back. He won’t get a job, and that is just fine with me.

  31. How does the alleged fact that Africans may have participated in the slave trade justify the existence of the institution here? If there had been no slave market those African traders would not have existed.

  32. Wonder if he was able to meet with any of the ancestors of the people of Ghana who actually sold “his people” into slavery? That would be an interesting meeting! But sadly, that is a fact that doesn’t fit neatly into his warped view!

  33. I have an ancestor that fought for the North. There are a lot of families who sacrificed much in the 1860’s, and I think they’re tired of this charade.

  34. “Apparently many PFT posters don’t realize that or would prefer that slavery still exist.”

    Right, that’s the take away here. People prefer slavery still existed.

    That right there is why Donald Trump is president. Keep it up and its gonna be 8 years.

  35. “How does the alleged fact that Africans may have participated in the slave trade justify the existence of the institution here? If there had been no slave market those African traders would not have existed.”

    1. its not alleged, it is 100% fact

    2. are you seriously trying to argue that the Africans who corralled their fellow countrymen and sold them into slavery have zero culpability here? It was just economics? lol dude.

  36. These comments are quite sad. How bout we all let Colin Kaepernick do what he wants to do on Independence Day and all you do can do what you want too? This dude’s thinking about stuff he’s never before thought about before because he was young and selfish and we made him rich. Now he’s found a greater cause that he doesn’t fully understand yet, and it’s probably more important than running around a patch of green grass with an oblong ball. It’s called personal growth gents. His career is likely over and he’s moving on. Why would you care?

    And by the way, I’m a white guy who who always thought he was an overrated football player. A player who was compensated well because so many people liked to watch him play. Would you turn down $40M?

  37. “These comments are quite sad. How bout we all let Colin Kaepernick do what he wants to do on Independence Day and all you do can do what you want too? This dude’s thinking about stuff he’s never before thought about before because he was young and selfish and we made him rich.”

    You read that tweet right? Him saying that Independence Day is basically a day that celebrates intentionally robbing “his people” of their independence?

    You realize how completely backwards that is, right? Cry me a river about finding himself and all that other nonsense. He is a hyper-privileged man with the historical understanding and temperament of a toddler. Give me a break.

  38. Some of the vitriol in these responses is so sad. It’s a sad indication of the education level in this country. People want to believe in fairy-tale deities and ignore history to the point of rewriting it to suit their fictitious beliefs. Sad.

  39. “Apparently many PFT posters don’t realize that or would prefer that slavery still exist”

    except that slavery does still exist and in fact there are more slaves today than at any prior moment in history and it’s muslims and Africans running the majority of slave trade (some 3rd world Asian countries still sell slaves).

    And for the guy blaming the USA for creating the demand for slaves, if you opened a book and did a little research you will see that the vast majority of slaves went to central and south America as well as many islands throughout the atlantic and indian oceans. Heck more slaves went to Mexico than the USA yet some people will only blame the USA (you know the country where hundreds of thousands of white men died to free the slaves).

  40. What he fails to mention is that the slaves were gathered up, and sold to the highest bidder by their fellow countrymen. The stronger and more fierce tribes rounded up and sold into slavery the weakest and most vulnerable.

  41. Three facts about slavery you should know about.

    1. African tribal leaders sold their men and woman into slavery for metal and other cheap items to the Dutch.

    2. The Dutch bought and sold them to the US during Colonel Days, under English rule.

    3. Lincoln offered salves a chance to return home to Africa after the civil war.

    Blame Africans and the Dutch for Slavery in the US!

  42. “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs?”

    ” 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.”

    Seriously, wtf is this idiot talking about? Nothing about Independence Day supports slavery and this coddled half-wit never spent a day in Middle Passage.

    It’s obvious that he doesn’t have the passion or discipline to play in the NFL any longer. Once he runs out of money he’ll may still have a future as a QB in the CFL, but he’s obviously made his choice about his NFL career.

  43. Is there a more socially unaware justice warrior than Kaepernick? Google slavery in Ghana 2017 and it just proves the point more that this guy has a vague message, but the dude has no clue. Ghana is a hub in the human trafficking world and forced labor is a norm. If you wanted or needed forced labor (slaves) you could purchase a human being for as little as $25 bucks a head. The US is bad and Ghana is Good? Slavery ended 400 years ago here, but in his home of “independence” you can buy people for labor or indentured servants now in 2017. Funny, most intelligent people know that indentured servitude is a form of slavery. On the other hand, that would really put a dent in what some people cry about. If given the choice and you didn’t have millions, where would you really want to live, not just visit for a short time? Pretty simple answer.

  44. Please Colin do me a favor. Cry me the blank Chagres River if you hate America so much. If I could return to the former Canal Zone in Panama I would.

  45. “You realize how completely backwards that is, right? Cry me a river about finding himself and all that other nonsense. He is a hyper-privileged man with the historical understanding and temperament of a toddler. Give me a break.”

    You realize that a country that claimed independence didn’t allow black people to vote until 50 years ago. That’s in between Parent/GrandParent rage. In fact, there’s many of you in this comment section that remember those years and that’s probably part of why you feel so much animosity towards Kaepernick.

  46. it’s insulting to those of us who know the CFL to suggest that Kaepernick can play 3-down football. There’s actually an extra defender he has to account for.

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