Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick shared a speech of the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass on Twitter that contained depictions of police brutality and slavery. At the time that the speech was given in 1852, slavery was still prevalent throughout America. In the inspiring speech, Douglass says that he will not celebrate the Fourth of July until slavery was abolished from American society.

Here is a screenshot of what Kapernick shared on twitter. Warning: It is a dark message that misrepresented Frederick Douglass and does nothing but divide this country. I will not repost the video here.

Along with Sen. Ted Cruz, I’ll share the second part of the Frederick Douglass speech – which Kaepernick conveniently left out.

“You quote a mighty and historic speech by the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, but, without context, many modern readers will misunderstand. Two critical points: This speech was given in 1852, before the Civil War, when the abomination of slavery still existed. Thanks to Douglass and so many other heroes, we ended that grotesque evil and have made enormous strides to protecting the civil rights of everybody.”

“Douglass was not anti-American; he was, rightly and passionately, anti-slavery. Indeed, he concluded the speech as follows: “Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation, which must inevitably, work the downfall of slavery. ‘The arm of the Lord is not shortened,’ and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from ‘the Declaration of Independence,’ the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.”

I am running for Congress on the same ideals that Frederick Douglass describes. I served this country in the military because I believe in the principles that America was founded on. We have not always been perfect and slavery was abhorrent, but I believe that together we can heal those wounds and come together as Americans every July 4th.

God bless the USA. Hope you and yours had a happy Fourth. I look forward to serving you faithfully in Congress.