Colin Kaepernick is in the news a lot these days. The football star has been receiving a lot of flak for his refusal last week to stand during the playing of the national anthem before a National Football League game. But that's not the only thing that Kaepernick has done that has people fuming.

During a press conference this week that aired on national television, Kaepernick, who is the San Francisco 49ers quaterback, sported a black hat with a large X emblazoned on the front, presumably referencing Malcolm X. He also wore a black t-shirt that showed pictures of two people, one of whom was Malcolm X.

The other person, though, was Fidel Castro.

There was Kaepernick, claiming that black people are being oppressed throughout America, all the while wearing a shirt that was lauding the accomplishments of one of the worst dictators that the world has ever seen. To make matters worse, the shirt Kaepernick wore had the caption, "Like minds think alike."

Really, Kaepernick? Like minds?

Fidel Castro imprisoned and tortured hundreds and thousands of people, all just to keep himself in power. The reason that the United States only recently reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba is because of the terrible things that country has done under Castro's reign.

A former prisoner during Castro's ruthless government crackdowns spoke out about what he felt while watching Kaepernick wear a shirt praising Castro.

"If that guy had a dictator like the Castro’s for 57 years in power in his country, he would know what it’s like to really be oppressed. Especially for black people. Black people are the most repressed in the country."

It's true, Kaepernick, that things aren't all roses. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be happy for the miracle of freedom that we all enjoy in the United States. That miracle allows you the freedom to express your dissatisfaction--but it also gives the rest of us a chance to call you out when you cross the line.

h/t: IJR



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