Britt McHenry was recently fired from ESPN and is speaking her mind about it.
A little over a week after being let go by ESPN, McHenry claimed ESPN fired her because of her conservative views. Now, she’s back and her new target is former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, posted a video on the 4th of July where he questioned whether he could “celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs.”
How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home. pic.twitter.com/hniYGJeLxG
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2017
McHenry quickly fired off shots at Kaepernick for posting the video with this tweet:
Because US soldiers deployed overseas sacrifice their lives for it. Bc the USA provides opportunity..like $10+ mil a year you used to make https://t.co/GrEmfXpvLl
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) July 5, 2017
And then she followed it up by writing this blog post on her Tumblr:
I’ll tell you how, Colin. Americans can celebrate the official birth of this nation because despite all its flaws, for one day, there’s a reminder of unity no matter how many efforts you make to dismantle it.
While you focus on your philanthropic efforts, which are admirable, perhaps you can also employ that same effort to go into a voting booth. If you’re going to continually complain about the perceived slights and rights you don’t have, perhaps take the right you do have and back it up.
Personally, I can “truly celebrate” Independence Day because it’s a reminder of the brave men and women protecting our country. Critics will say that’s not what the holiday is about and to an extent they’re right.
My admiration will always go towards the men and women who have walked away from their loved ones, through fields of IEDs, and into the dangerous unknown.
It will never go to the athlete who takes a knee after losing his starting job.
McHenry came under fire several times during her time at ESPN, and was even suspended for a week in 2015 after she was caught on video yelling at a tow lot employee:
It’s been nearly a year since Kaepernick started his protest, a protest that he’s stated numerous times is not directed at people in the military, instead to shed light on the oppression that exists in America. But people like Britt McHenry will continue to turn his message into something directed towards something other than his message.
I wonder why? hmm..