- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Colin Kaepernick celebrated the Fourth of July by reflecting on American slavery during a trip to Ghana.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback posted a video Tuesday asking how black Americans can “truly” celebrate Independence Day knowing that their ancestors were stripped of their freedoms to be traded into slavery.

“How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home,” he tweeted.

Mr. Kaepernick wrote on Instagram about his trip to Ghana, where he visited former slave trading sites.

“‘What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?’ - Frederick Douglass,” the former quarterback wrote. “In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage.

“I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return,” he wrote. “I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park. I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return.”

Mr. Kaepernick, who has yet to sign with another team, became a prominent face of the Black Lives Matter movement during his time with the 49ers after he started kneeling on the field during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America.

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