This past week America celebrated another birthday. This country and this flag means many things to many different people as Colin Kaepernick’s protest showed us. There may have been some people who were curious to see what Kaep would do for 4th of July but he wasn’t even in the country. Instead, he chose to find his personal independence in Ghana.How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.
"What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?" - Frederick Douglass. In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return. I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah's Memorial Park. I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return."
See the video link to his visit: http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2017/07/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-took-his-trip-to-ghana-on-independence-day-video/3/ - MG Media