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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Colin Kaepernick Paid Homage And Acknowledged Forgotten Heroes On Veteran's Day

Colin Kaepernick posted a video on Veteran's Day that pays homage to and acknowledges the forgotten soldiers of the Civil War.  He captioned the video to explain who those soldiers are.

Today, Veteran’s Day, I wanted to pay homage and acknowledge our forgotten heroes. Earlier this year as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I donated to the organization Black Veterans for Social Justice. The donation was used to assist veterans with job placement and housing. It’s amazing to see the courage and dedication of the veterans that fought for this country, only to come home to continue fighting for their rights.

In 1770, Crispus Attucks, a Black man, became the first casualty of the American Revolution. He died for a country that would later legally enslave, torture, and kill millions of Black children, women, and men.

While the South was fighting to persevere the perverse institution of Slavery, and Lincoln was fighting to save the Union during the Civil War, Black people were fighting for their human right to be free.

By the end of the Civil War, roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war.

These soldiers need to be honored and never forgotten.

I can't wait to hear what lovely responses this Instagram post gets.