Moments ago, former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick tweeted:
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
Per TMZ, as you know, Kaepernick’s been outspoken about police brutality for years, and began silently protesting by taking a knee during The National Anthem while playing for the 49ers in 2016.
The move made him a lightning rod in the discussion of police brutality and the treatment of black people in America, and many believe it resulted in him being blackballed from the NFL.
Of course, the disturbing parallel of a cop kneeling on George Floyd’s carotid artery with Kaepernick peacefully kneeling to protest such violence has not been lost on people.
So, he’s making his message clear — he’s done with peace … and he’s encouraging others to follow his lead.