Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick took his woke SJW act to Alcatraz Island Thursday to take part in what has become an annual event among Native American activists: the Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, also known as “Unthanksgiving Day.”
Kaepernick made a surprise appearance at the event, telling the crowd, “[O]ur fight is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom. And realizing that we are all in this fight together makes us all the more powerful.”
[Does one need to point out the absolute absurdity of people “fighting for freedom” in what is already the freest nation in the world?]
He continued: “If there’s one thing that I take away from today — in seeing the beauty of everyone out here, it’s that we’re all getting stronger every day. We’re getting larger and larger every day. I see the strength in everybody — the dancing, the rituals. That is our resistance.”
Kaepernick then repeated his line about fighting for justice and freedom: “We continue to fight for justice. We fight for our freedom and we continue on that path.”
Suffice it to say — he needs a better speechwriter.
Unthanksgiving Day commemorates the 19-month occupation of the island and former penitentiary by Native American activists from 1969 to 1971.
The 89 activists who occupied Alcatraz demanded that it be turned into an American Indian cultural center and school. The occupation ended after the government cut off their electrical power and telephone service and a fire destroyed numerous buildings on the island. A large force of government officers removed the remaining 15 people from the island on June 11, 1971.