Candace Owens Falsely Claims Colin Kaepernick is White, Says He's Rigging the System to 'Enrich' Himself

Conservative personality Candace Owens launched a Twitter attack laden with falsehoods against Colin Kaepernick Friday, claiming that the racial justice campaigner and former NFL quarterback was white and has tried to "rig the system" to enrich himself.

Owens, the founder of the Blexit movement calling on black Americans to abandon the Democratic Party, tweeted the criticism days after Nike announced they were abandoning a sneaker featuring the Betsy Ross flag. The Fourth of July celebratory sneaker was reportedly discarded by Nike after Kaepernick, who represents the sportswear giant, and others brought up the flag's association with slave-era United States.

The decision ignited a social and political storm, with conservatives slamming Kaepernick and Nike and decrying what they claim is another example of political correctness treading over the nation's history. Owens has unsurprisingly weighed in on the debate, going after both Kaepernick and writer and civil rights activist Shaun King.

"I love how @shaunking who is white and @Kaepernick7 who is half-white, have raked in millions by continually telling black people that they are less than white people," she wrote to her 1.5 million Twitter followers on Friday.

"Two white men claiming the system is rigged for whites, as they rig the system to enrich themselves is funny," she concluded.

King has long been subjected to rumors about his race but has stated that his biological father was black. Kaepernick is of mixed race background. Neither he nor King are white.

Kaepernick has been a regular target for conservatives, including President Donald Trump, since he began protesting racial injustice by kneeling for the national anthem during NFL games in 2016. Earlier this year he settled a lawsuit against the NFL claiming that the league had blacklisted him from signing with any team due to his protests.

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Candace Owens testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing discussing hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism on Capitol Hill on April 9, 2019 ,in Washington, D.C. Zach Gibson/Getty

After Nike's decision to pull the Betsy Ross flag sneakers, the Republican governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, tweeted that he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike to build a manufacturing plant in the state.

On Independence Day, Kaepernick quoted from a famous speech by Frederick Douglass, writing in part: "What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine."

Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz quote tweeted the former San Francisco 49ers player, claiming that Kaepernick's excerpt lacked context.

"You quote a mighty and historic speech by the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, but, without context, many modern readers will misunderstand," he wrote at the start of a thread about Douglass.

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