Cruz Teaches Kaepernick a Lesson About ‘Context’ After He Quotes Frederick Douglass for Fourth of July

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Controversial former National Football League (NFL) player Colin Kaepernick tried to quote Civil War-era abolitionist Frederick Douglass during the Fourth of July, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is teaching him a history lesson.

Kaepernick broke his silence after a recent controversy with Nike as he quoted Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech, which was delivered years before the Civil War began in 1852.

The former NFL player — who’s sparked controversy after kneeling during the national anthem —tweeted an excerpt, along with a video:

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.”

See Kaepernick’s post below:

Cruz, however, thought it was necessary to respond to Kaepernick after the former NFL player quoted the “mighty and historic speech” by Douglass, “but, without context, many modern readers will misunderstand.”

The Republican lawmaker chimed in as he noted that slavery was an “abomination,” but, “Thanks to Douglass and so many other heroes, we ended that grotesque evil and have made enormous strides to protecting the civil rights of everybody.”

“Douglass was not anti-American; he was, rightly and passionately, anti-slavery,” Cruz tweeted late Thursday, pointing to a quote by Douglass, as well as the full speech.

Check out Cruz’s thread below:

As IJR Red previously reported, Kaepernick once again found himself in the spotlight this week as he became entangled in controversy when Nike decided to pull a pair of sneakers featured the Betsy Ross flag embroidered on the heel — to which Kaepernick reportedly told the athletic giant that he found it offensive.

Cruz was among others who weren’t happy with Nike’s decision, as he vowed that he “won’t buy any more” from the brand since “they’ve now decided their shoes represent snide disdain for the American flag.”

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Budann
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Budann

Everyones’s talking About HIM. Exactly what he wants. Keep the negativity alive and the money and attentions rolls in. Why does he live in America I would like to know.

Jay D
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Jay D

Why is this bum still relevant? He is a nobody and as of now a never will be and don’t know why he keeps getting in the news. Kaepernick needs to just go away like his NFL career did. And I hope Nike’s stocks drop by 50%. I can’t stand these damn companies that just have to get involved in politics. Just sell your damn shoes and stay the hell away from all the crazy ass politics that everybody seems to have an opinion on. Reminds me of a saying a friend of mine used to say all the time.… Read more »

Screwtape
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fun fact: Nike’s sales crashed after they hired Kaepernick BUT the brainwashed urban herds responded by buying more. So now their sales are largely concentrated AND pitched towards those markets.

This explains much about “never was” K’s continued employment AND their Blame America First policies. They’ve found their market AND are sending a big FU to those not in it. Way to expand market share you sellouts.

Otis
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Krappernick should be utterly irrelevant yet Nike kow-tows to the nonsense. Pitiful.

Sherri
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Cruz shows the ex-football star who actually knows history.

Mercedes Bin
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Mercedes Bin

Not only will not buy Nike’s shoes any longer I also dumped their stock. It’s time for a lesson where it hurts their pockets.

Cherl
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Just when you think that you’re the smartest dude in town, Kaepernick the spokesman for Nike, finds that there are many more who are smarter. Go Ted Cruz!

Dave Hardesty
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Just so I can sign on.

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