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Colin Kaepernick Spends Thanksgiving Day in Alcatraz in Support of Native Americans

Colin Kaepernick Spends Thanksgiving Day in Alcatraz in Support of Native Americans”

The demonstration is held each year to commemorate the occupation of Alcatraz in 1969 by Native American activists, which lasted until 1971 and which is credited with encouraging changes in the federal government's policy toward "Indian affairs", the East Bay Times reports.

Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, made a name for himself as an activist when he began regularly taking a knee during the national anthem before games during the 2016 to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Despite constant criticism from President Donald Trump, Kaepernick continues to resist and exercise his rights.

"I realize that our fight is the same fight", he said at the public gathering off the coast of San Francisco on Thursday.

The dancing, the rituals - that is our resistance. "We continue to fight". "And realizing that we are all in this fight together makes us all the more powerful".

Unthanksgiving Day is "about reflecting, remembering and celebrating that we are still here and our culture still survives", Michael Horse, an American Indian actor who takes part in the ceremony on Alcatraz, told Newsweek. The 30-year-old football free agent continues to be at the center of attention after he began kneeling instead of standing during the US national anthem as a way to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

Hartman Deetz of the Wampanoag tribe told Newsweek he doesn't eat on Thanksgiving, calling it the "Day of Mourning". "It's a wonderful way for native people to anti-celebrate the day".



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