Colin Kaepernick joins Native Americans for UnThanksgiving Day protest on Alcatraz


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Colin Kaepernick joins Native Americans for UnThanksgiving Day protest on Alcatraz

Colin Kaepernick, the American football star whose “kneeling protest” sparked a national debate, has travelled to Alcatraz Island to join Native Americans protesting the “genocide” they say is represented by Thanksgiving Day.

The 30-year-old made a surprise visit to the site of the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary to join indigenous people who occupied the island off the coast of San Francisco between 1969 and 1971. Since then, there has been an annual sunrise gathering to highlight the deadly, destructive impact on indigenous people of the arrival in America of European colonisers more than 400 years ago.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was seen on video receiving two eagle feathers from a Native American elder before delivering a brief speech at the UnThanksgiving Day event.


“I’m very humbled to share this space with all of you,” he said.

“Our fight is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom. And realising that we’re in this fight together makes us all the more powerful.”

The sports star has been at the centre of a furore since refusing last year to stand for the playing of the national anthem in order to protest the treatment of people of colour. His move followed the high-profile deaths in custody of a number of black suspects at the hands of police forces across the country.

While his actions have received widespread support, President Donald Trump attacked the move and used the phrase “son of a b***h” when talking about those involved.

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Morning Star Gali, one of the event’s organisers and a member of Pit River tribe, told The Independent they had no advance notice the sports start was even among the 4,500 people present on Thursday morning.

“I was the MC and it was still dark and we couldn’t see anything. Then one of my co-workers told me he was there,” she said. “I just said ‘we had a relative among us called Colin Kaepernick and I trust that as good relatives we’re not going to crowd him too much and give him some space’.”

She said the NFL star was set to leave but that one of the indigenous elders, Fred Short, wished to present him with two ceremonial feathers. After he had received them, the footballer picked up the microphone and delivered his address.

Colin Kaepernick joins Native Americans for UnThanksgiving Day protest on Alcatraz
 
Jinentonix
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Was he wearing his favourite Che T-shirt while he whined about oppression?
 
DaSleeper
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It is after all.....snowflake season!
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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I love that "Alcatraz ... land of my ancestors" bit. I'll bet that they tore THAT page out of the family Bible!
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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All of these poor wee lambs - oppressed so cruelly by da man.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

I love that "Alcatraz ... land of my ancestors" bit. I'll bet that they tore THAT page out of the family Bible!

it was their traditional lands where they raised vast fields of rocks and thistles in the traditional manner
 
mentalfloss
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So you guys are all fine with this.

Just wanted to make sure
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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makes no real difference to me.

Ultimately it's just another lobby group looking for attention
 
mentalfloss
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Which you can't help to give
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Star football player ! Such a star that he has no team to play for .
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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I object to the term applied to Kapernick "American football star". Other than that, I don't really care.

Most American football stars would be practicing for a game either on Thanksgiving or Sunday.
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

All of these poor wee lambs - oppressed so cruelly by da man.



it was their traditional lands where they raised vast fields of rocks and thistles in the traditional manner

... broke vast fields of rock, you mean ...
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

... broke vast fields of rock, you mean ...


That too, in later years, but always in the traditional fashion
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

That too, in later years, but always in the traditional fashion

...manacled, under a shotgun barrel ...
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#14
Traditions evolve to keep up with the times
 
OmegaOm
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What about the 100's of millions of turkeys that have to be mass slaughtered.
Dont forget about them.
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Was he wearing his favourite Che T-shirt while he whined about oppression?

If you followed the story you would realize he is not protesting about his oppression but that of Blacks in general in the non racial USA..........
 
Hoid
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Kapernick had the biggest contract in NFL history.

I think that sort of qualifies him to be referred to as a star.



SO does this ^
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Time isn't celebrating his athletic achievements and quite frankly, his stats as a former QB were good but no where near great
 
Hoid
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captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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If you're referring to the soldiers that are advancing into the lion's mouth, then I'd happily agree that they qualify as the citizen(s) of the year
 
gopher
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Star football player ! Such a star that he has no team to play for .


not to worry as he is reportedly worth a few million:


https://www.weselection.com/colin-kaepernick-net-worth/



Colin won't be missing his meals any time soon
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Kapernick had the biggest contract in NFL history.

I think that sort of qualifies him to be referred to as a star.



SO does this ^

Time did this just to piss off Trump fans...


And it's working in spades
 
Hoid
#23
Tom Brady said yesterday he doesn't know if Kap is being blackballed by owners but he always thought he was a good QB - having come into Foxboro and beaten the Pats and taken his team to the Superbowl etc.

And that is about as political or controversial as Tom Brady is ever likely to get.
Last edited by Hoid; Nov 26th, 2017 at 12:45 PM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Walter
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The Washington Redskins Have A New Starting Quarterback, And Colin Kaepernick Fans Won’t Be Happy
https://dailycaller.com/2018/12/10/w...-over-sanchez/

He was good then he drank the Kool-Aid.
 
Hoid
#26
obvious collusion by the nfl owners
 
Walter
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Colin Kaepernick not welcome in the NFL
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...zd4-story.html

Yep.
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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He should come up here and play Canadian ball, where he'll be welcome, then.

We have a centuries old tradition of taking in refugees from America.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

He should come up here and play Canadian ball, where he'll be welcome, then.

We have a centuries old tradition of taking in refugees from America.

Why would he want to come to frigid Canada to play football in Canada for a pittance of what he would command in the NFL , when he already has lucrative endorsements?
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Why would he want to come to frigid Canada to play football in Canada for a pittance of what he would command in the NFL , when he already has lucrative endorsements?

He would come here to play if he gets driven out of the good 'ole USA, where you can hold any opinion that you like, as long as it's the right one.
 

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