- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2019

Sen. Ted Cruz took to Twitter on Thursday to school Colin Kaepernick on the “context” behind an iconic Frederick Douglass quote that the former NFL star tweeted to apparently criticize the U.S. on Independence Day.

Mr. Kaepernick, a former quarterback turned progressive activist, shared a quote by the famed abolitionist from his 1852 speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

“‘What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine,’” Mr. Kaepernick wrote, quoting Douglass. “‘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.’”

Mr. Cruz fired off a series of tweets informing Mr. Kaepernick that he used the quote without the proper context and later encouraged others to read the entire speech.

Mr. Kaepernick, leader of the national anthem protests that rocked the sports world in 2016, made headlines in recent days after he reportedly pressured Nike into recalling a line of shoes that featured the Betsy Ross flag because he said it had connections to slavery.

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