Oh, that’s just peachy. He wants to bring awareness to people who are “being oppressed” in the US. He does know that Cuba is in a MANDATORY mourning period, right? They do not have the choice to express how they feel. If Kaepernick were in Cuba and protested like this, he would not be allowed to play football again. He would more than likely be thrown in jail for a very long time. Possibly worse…
On Wednesday, Kaepernick, who told The Palm Beach Post that his choice of a t-shirt bearing Castro’s image back in August did not mean he sided with his oppressive regime.
The quarterback first pointed out that Malcolm X was also pictured on his t-shirt, saying he was a believer in Malcolm X’s ideology and fighting oppression.
The fact that Malcolm X met Castro in 1960 at Harlem’s Hotel Theresa, Kaepernick said, shows that he was open-minded and ‘willing to hear different aspects of people’s views’.
When the reporter, who hasn’t been named, pressed Kaepernick specifically on Castro’s history of oppression, he replied: ‘One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.’
The reporter replied: ‘He also did something that we do not do here: he broke up families, he took over a country without any justice and without any election’.
Kaepernick fought back: ‘We do break up families here. That’s what mass incarceration is. That was the foundation of slavery so our country has been based on that as well as the genocide of native Americans.’
When the reporter asked whether Kaepernick was equating the breaking up of Cuban families with people going to jail in the United States, Kaepernick said: ‘I’m equating the breaking up of families with the breaking up of families.’
After a brief silence, the reporter replied: ‘Wow. That’s amazing.’
Kaepernick, who wore a hat with an ‘X’ on it along with the T-shirt, initially insisted he had worn the T-shirt specifically as a tribute to Malcolm X.
The T-shirt features several photos of Malcolm X and Castro talking, with the caption: ‘Like minds think alike.’
‘I’m not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression. I’m talking about Malcolm X and what he’s done for people,’ he told the reporter.