Roy Moore rips Colin Kaepernick for taking Frederick Douglass ‘completely out of context’ — ‘Kaepernick only knows what it is to be privileged’
On July 4, shortly after criticizing Nike for a line of shoes that featured the Betsy Ross flag, which resulted in the athletic wear maker pulling the product from its offerings, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted a quote from Frederick Douglass on Twitter.
“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,” the Kaepernick tweet read, citing Douglass.
Critics accused the former San Francisco 49er of taking the quote out of context given Douglass said before the abolition of slavery.
During an interview on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a candidate in the 2020 U.S. Senate contest in Alabama, weighed in on Kaepernick and other anti-American displays.
“We’re confused culturally,” Moore said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “That’s certainly the truth. I’ve never seen a time in my life, and I go back to the ‘60s when I was at the academy – you know, people were patriotic. Yeah, there was opposition to the Vietnam War, but people still were patriotic to their country. I think today we see so many people trying to tear down the country, trying to destroy and actually, you know, like burning flags, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. We never dreamed of anything like that back then. And I had classmates die in Vietnam. And, I think of what they would think if they were here and how much we’ve changed.”
On specifically Kaepernick, Moore accused him of not fully recognizing Douglass’ appreciation of Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
“Certainly I’ll never give into it, and I never appreciate people like Kaepernick, who was raised in a much different culture, and he wasn’t raised as was Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass, although he was raised in slavery, when he found out the truth about things and started fighting it, he actually appreciated the Constitution and appreciated the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence. These things that Colin Kaepernick quotes of Frederick Douglass are taken completely out of context.”
“He knew what it was to be a slave,” Moore added. “Kaepernick only knows what it is to be privileged.”