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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't backing down from his decision to sit out the National Anthem because he feels black people are oppressed.

In a press conference on Monday, Kaepernick didn't address the National Anthem issue further.

But the t-shirt he was wearing during the presser has started yet another fire.

The t-shirt he donned shows Malcolm X and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with the caption “Like Minds Think Alike.”

The top reaction on Facebook to the t-shirt is this:

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Followed by:

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Independent Journal Review wanted to talk to someone who knows more about the dictator on Kaepernick's shirt. So, we talked to Sergio J. Sixto, who was imprisoned by Castro, but eventually made it to America.

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During his time in prison, Sergio lost fifty pounds and was only able to survive because of occasional visits from his wife who brought him food. Like many of the other prisoners there, Sixto was only able to get oxygen through a small hole at the bottom of the prison cell door.

Some people had health issues that developed because of this and died.

After learning of the football player's apparent support for Castro, Sixto gave Kaepernick a real piece of his mind.

He said:

"If that guy had a dictator like the Castro’s for 57 years in power in his country, he would know what it’s like to really be oppressed. Especially for black people. Black people are the most repressed in the country. The prisons are filled with them mostly.

There are more than 100 thousand people in Cuba that died in Cuba because of the Castros. There are 3 million people in exile from the country. If he would know what it’s like living in Cuba, he would know what it’s like to be an oppressed black man."

Sixto revealed how Kaepernick wouldn't have the chances in Cuba that he does in America.

"In Cuba they are the poorest of the poor. So poor, in fact, that they don’t have the chance to leave the country when possible, which is why so many throw themselves to the sea in a makeshift raft risking death.

If he would have been a sports star in Cuba like he is here, he’d still be oppressed and wouldn’t have enough money to have a decent house for himself and his family.

He’d be exploited by the dictators as a show puppet for the world and would be driven to escape like many sports stars have done whenever they get the chance."

And what would happen if Kaepernick chose to exercise his 'right' to protest in Cuba?

“If he had said anything bad to say about the government or the Castros in protest of real discrimination and oppression, he might have found himself in prison like I did for trying to speak my mind and bring about change. And he would have been treated even worse.”

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