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After Soleimani death, Kaepernick rips ‘American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people’

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick condemned “American terrorist attacks against black and brown people for the expansion of American imperialism” amid heightened international tensions in the wake of a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.

“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” Kaepernick wrote in a pair of tweets on Saturday that did not directly mention Soleimani or Iran on Saturday.

“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world,” he continued. 

In 2016, Kaepernick became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem before games to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. He and other players who joined him in protest were targeted by President Trump and conservatives over the on-field demonstrations.

Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013 and was once the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, has not held a job in the league since that season.

His tweets came after Soleimani, whom many had regarded as Iran’s second-most-powerful official, was killed in a drone strike on Friday directed by Trump. Trump said the operation was an effort by the U.S. “to stop a war” as a number of U.S. officials have asserted there was evidence that Soleimani had been plotting attacks against Americans.

However, the move by Trump has been met with much opposition from Democrats who have criticized the president for not consulting with Congress about the strike beforehand.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), for example, called the move an “act of war” on Friday

“Last night the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter.

“We are now again on the brink of direct confrontation in the Middle East. Tonight’s action represents a massive escalation in our conflict with Iran with unpredictable consequences,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) also said then

Shortly after Soleimani’s killing on Friday, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed a “harsh retaliation” against the U.S.

In response, Trump warned that the U.S. was prepared to hit 52 Iranian sites “very fast and very hard” if the country retaliated.

However, Hossein Dehghan, a military adviser to Khamenei, said on Sunday that Tehran will target U.S. “military sites” in response to the late general’s death, saying: “It was America that has started the war. Therefore, they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions.”

“The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted,” he said. “Afterward they should not seek a new cycle.”

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