Conservatives have long demanded that athletes ‘stick to sports.’ Who could forget Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James to ‘shut up and dribble.’ Of course, Republican media doesn’t care when athletes stand up for something they agree with. They cheered when anti-vax quarterback Aaron Rodgers defended his stance with a litany of right-wing talking points.
But no athlete has stuck underneath Conservative craws quite like Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL star, who sacrificed his career for social justice, has been a frequent target of attack.
Kaepernick, who is black, was adopted by a white couple when he was 5 months old. And to some Conservatives, this cancels out anything he does.
Turning Point USA, a Trumpian college student group, decided to mock Kaepernick for his history. The organization posted a TikTok video of the quarterback crying about being adopted by white people. Patriot Takes shared the video, writing, “In a newly posted TikTok video, TPUSA mocks Colin Kaepernick for being adopted into a white family. The video shows a white actor wearing a fro and a hoodie pretending to be the former NFL quarterback.”
Check out the racist video below:
In a newly posted TikTok video, TPUSA mocks Colin Kaepernick for being adopted into a white family.
The video shows a white actor wearing a fro and a hoodie pretending to be the former NFL quarterback. pic.twitter.com/n5hFXZdDcy
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) December 1, 2021
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.