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'Disappointed' Kaepernick Equates Himself With MLK?

'Disappointed' Kaepernick Equates Himself With MLK?

Colin Kaepernick (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Horace Cort/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:58 PM

Colin Kaepernick fired off a series of retweets on Monday highlighting the hypocrisy of those who criticized him for his football game national anthem protests but were honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As the New York Daily News pointed out, Kaepernick came under fire for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season to protest social injustice, while King became a hero in the civil rights movement, having used peaceful protest as a means of fighting for equal rights.

King was killed. Kaepernick spent the next season unsigned as a quarterback and became a celebrity.

Taking to Twitter with a string of shared posts, Kaepernick appeared to be berating critics who scrutinized him but paid tribute to King on his national holiday on Monday.

The Daily News said Kaepernick posted an excerpt from King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" in which he wrote he has “been gravely disappointed with the white moderate” and cautions “shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."

Among those who have slammed Kaepernick but honored King was Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren, who previously called Kaepernick's message "mouth diarrhea," and who shared a tweet on Monday saying, "Today we honor a great man with a great message. #MLKDay," and included a quote from King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the Daily News noted.

President Donald Trump, who has denounced Kaepernick, said in his weekly address that “Dr. King's dream is our dream. It is the American Dream. It's the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind.”

Many, however, were drawing similarities between Kaepernick’s protests and King’s civil rights movement, as demonstrated by The New Yorker which had artwork of King kneeling alongside Kaepernick and Michael Bennett (another football player) on a recent cover, CNS News noted.

The cover’s artist, Mark Ulriksen, said he was “glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are making it political,” adding that he was sure that if King were around today, “he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress.”

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