If there is any holiday celebrating American history, you can count on Colin Kaepernick to hate it. The unemployed professional footballer joined Native American activists at their annual “Un-Thanksgiving” protest on Alcatraz Island.
The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering holds a demonstration every year to honor the 1969 take over of Alcatraz by Native American activists. The occupation of the island lasted for two years, to which the protestors effectively brought change to federal government policy on ‘Indian affairs,’ the East Bay Times reports.
At the present day ceremony, speakers at the event condemned the “current-day American genocide,” and presented two eagle feathers to Kaepernick as a tribute from an elder for the athlete’s protest against our national anthem:
This is what Kaepernick said about the experience.
Today, I was on Alcatraz Island at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, in solidarity with those celebrating their culture and paying respects to those that participated in the 19 month occupation of Alcatraz in an effort to force 🇺🇸 to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie. pic.twitter.com/KdNtY3dp72
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 24, 2017
“Our fight is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom,” Kaepernick told the demonstrators.
He continued, “And realizing that we are in this fight together makes us all the more powerful.”
Via the San Francisco Chronicle he continued to say: If there’s one thing that I take away from today and seeing the beauty of everybody out here, it’s that we’re only getting stronger every day, we’re only getting larger and larger every day. I see the strength in everybody.
The dancing, the rituals – that is our resistance. We continue to fight. We continue to fight for justice. We fight for our freedom, and we continue on that path.
Kaepernick is still unemployed as an NFL player. He now, however, has done multiple media appearances to represent Black Lives Matter.