Colin Kaepernick has yet to be signed to an NFL team despite the fact he’s a pretty gifted athlete, and after seeing his “tribute” to America it’s easy to see why.
While most professional athletes are grateful they’re paid large sums of money to chase balls around, Kaepernick is of the perpetually oppressed mindset, which means that regardless of how good his life is he still thinks someone’s doing him wrong. Such was evident over the weekend, when the washed-up quarterback took a trip to Ghana, Africa to visit his “home” and get more in touch with the people who sold his ancestors into slavery, because social justice, or something.
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
Colin Kaepernick wrote on July 4 about his trip "home" to Ghana. https://t.co/jVrZQeemhQ
— Shutdown Corner (@YShutdownCorner) July 5, 2017
According to Yahoo! Sports, Kaepernick decided that visiting Ghana on Independence Day was a way to find his “personal independence” and took the opportunity to trash America, but nowhere in any of his ramblings did he mention that his ancestors were sold into slavery by the people he went to Ghana to visit.
Interesting how that works, eh? It’s always whitey’s fault, even though a white family took him in and provided him with a great life.
If the NFL is waiting for Colin Kaepernick to give in to some ridiculous notion that he must tell the world he’s focused on playing football and nothing else, that’s not going to happen.
Kaepernick remains unsigned, but he’s not letting it affect his life. On July 4, Kaepernick posted on social media about his trip “home” to Ghana.
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.”
Is posting all of this on July 4 a bit defiant, especially after San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a recent radio interview he told Kaepernick: “I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?” Probably. Even if Kaepernick doesn’t think he’s being defiant, the conservative NFL that would rather sign Blaine Gabbert and EJ Manuel before him probably thinks it is. It’s not right, but it probably won’t help him get signed anytime soon.
Now, according to Kaepernick and his supporters, the reason he hasn’t been signed by a team yet is because racism! But the truth of the matter is that nobody wants to deal with an entitled, whiney, and quite frankly insane person such as him, whose mere presence is a provocation, let alone his sideline antics and blatant disrespect for the nation, all of which are a huge turnoff to the NFL’s base audience.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their beliefs; however, when you’re a professional athlete playing in the National Football League and making millions of dollars, it’s really a horrible idea to act like you’re the victim of anything, let alone the victim of a racist country since a racist country wouldn’t ever allow minorities to make millions upon millions of dollars for chasing a ball around a field.