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‘Kaepernick, I reject your seemingly misplaced hate for America.’ We are the most equitable, charitable and just nation on Earth.

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It’s difficult for me to understand the contempt and hate from those on the left, along with others, for America. Most of these people are not immigrants who sacrificed everything to get to America but are young American born citizens, whose concept of our nation is deeply flawed.

Colin Kaepernick is one of them. He appears to have a deep disdain for America that he just can’t seem to shake. Still, it is this very nation that has allowed Kaepernick to amass allegedly more than $20 million for basically playing football.

He is actually in the top one percent of some of the wealthiest people on the planet. As of today, he never has to worry about where his next meal will come from and healthcare isn’t a problem.

For so many people, those goals are simply unattainable. They live in nations where the individual isn’t honored, corruption runs deep and liberty is only a fleeting thought.

I reject Kaepernick’s seemingly misplaced hate for America.

On July 4th, Kaepernick shared a video on Twitter. He said in his Tweet that America’s Independence Day is “a celebration of white supremacy.”

He is entitled to his opinion but it’s filled with hypocrisy.

The video was of actor James Earl Jones reciting Fredrick Douglas’s historical speech, “What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July.” It is a remarkable poem that evokes the sadness and horror of our past.

It is a past that we should never forget and never repeat.

Everyday I’m reminded of our nation’s bloody civil war. In Alexandria, Virginia the past is blended with the present and I imagine as I walk through the parks, in Old Town and along some of the cities oldest cobblestone streets that the blood spilt for the Union was not in vain and it fundamentally changed our nation.

We are not defined by our past but by our present and future. For the most part, as a society we have condemned racism in all its forms and have fought for justice throughout our history. That is something we should be proud of.

Why should we take from our ancestors the great sacrifices made to free our nation? Their legacy, sacrifice led to a point in our present where women could vote, slavery was abolished, children’s rights are protected and justice is a concept that is fought for daily.

Kaepernick – along with others like him – want you to be believe that the present must be judged by the actions of people and a society that we never knew. It’s impossible to reconcile the two. There is nothing anyone can do to change the past but learn from it.

Don’t fall for the marxist ideology poisoning our society today. Nothing good comes from tearing down a world so many people scarified so much for.

Yes, we should never forget the horrors of our past but similarly, we must never forget the great men and women who sacrificed so much to make us one the most equitable, charitable and just nations on earth.

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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