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Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick has claimed that targeting "Black Studies" is key to the Republican Party's "white supremacist political project."
"Black Studies and, more generally, a critical engagement with U.S. history, threatens the white supremacist status quo," Kaepernick said during an interview with Indigo Olivier of the New Republic. "Any attempt to whitewash the past should actually be understood as a concrete step toward fascism and a desire to build a nation state where power is concentrated in the hands of a self-anointed (read: white) few. That said, I wouldn't characterize GOP attacks on Black Studies as an 'obsession' but rather as core to their white supremacist political project."
Kaepernick, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor edited the book "Our History Has Always Been Contraband: In Defense of Black Studies," which contains a collection of writings by multiple people, including the three editors.
While interviewing Kaepernick, Olivier described the other two editors as "two of the most prominent Black Marxists in the country" and noted that "most, if not all, of the featured writers are anti-capitalists."
Kaepernick suggested that "Black Liberation" cannot occur within capitalism, a point that he believes the anthology conveys. He also expressed the view that white supremacy continues due to its connection to capitalism and other factors.
"I've long admired Keeanga and Robin's work as well as their uncompromising political analysis and understanding that Black liberation simply isn't possible under capitalism. I think the anthology makes this argument quite well, and I hope it challenges readers to see that racism is not white supremacy's only ingredient. White supremacy persists in part because of its relationship with capitalism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, and so on," Kaepernick claimed, according to the outlet.
When asked to characterize his personal political thoughts, Kaepernick indicated that his views stem from reading material by "Black radical thinkers" and communicating with "Black radical organizers."
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.