NFL’s Star, Colin Kaepernick Travels to Ghana to Find His ‘Personal Independence’

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Colin Kaepernick celebrates Fourth of July in Ghana as he explores his roots.

America’s NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted a video on Twitter, asking, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs?”

Colin posted a longer message on Instagram with the video, explaining why he was interested in traveling to Ghana; saying his quest to “find out where my ancestors came from” brought him to the west African nation, where he visited a local hospital and paid his respects at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

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"What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?" – Frederick Douglass. 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. 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.

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He has also visited Egypt while in Africa. Current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin accompanied Kaepernick there, posting an Instagram picture of himself with the quarterback.

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KMT // the black land // Day 1

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Kaepernick, 29, six-year NFL veteran, who led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII has remained unsigned this offseason after spending his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. According to several NFL players, Colin has been blackballed for his political beliefs.


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