Ted Cruz stepped in to set former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick straight about a Frederick Douglass speech he quoted out of context on Twitter on Thursday for the 4th of July holiday, Fox News reported.
Kaepernick referenced the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Specifically, he quoted part of the speech without any context.
“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.”
Cruz pointed out that Douglass also praises the Declaration in the speech, saying, “I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation, which must inevitably, work the downfall of slavery. . . I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from ‘the Declaration of Independence,’ the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.”
Cruz then encouraged everyone to read the entire speech so that they understood it–and Douglass’s perspective–properly. Rats, Kaepernick! Foiled again!
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