Colin Kaepernick to Reporter Whose Family Left Cuba in Exile: Fidel Castro's Education System was Good

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers speaks to media during a press conference after a 31-21 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 1, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick to Reporter Whose Family Left Cuba in Exile: Fidel Castro's Education System was Good

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Colin Kaepernick to Reporter Whose Family Left Cuba in Exile: Fidel Castro's Education System was Good

Colin Kaepernick is a big fan of Fidel Castro, the fact of which he made clear earlier this fall, he wore a shirt depicting a meeting between Malcolm X and Fidel Castro. Many considered this a peculiar choice, given that Kaepernick at the time was speaking out against oppression, while Castro is a famous dictator.

A reporter from the Miami Herald — a man whose family fled Cuba in exile — sought an explanation for all that during a conference call Wednesday with media in South Florida.

You’ll surely be surprised to learn Kaepernick had a hard time coming up with a sensible explanation.

We’ll let the Palm Beach Post take it from there:

When pressed about the shirt, Kaepernick first pointed out that Malcolm X also was pictured. Kaepernick said he supports Malcolm X and his willingness to be “open-minded” before forming his own views of the world. Part of that open-mindedness, he said, was meeting with the Cuban leader.

But when The Miami Herald reporter repeatedly asked about Castro specifically, Kaepernick said, “I’m not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression. I’m talking about Malcolm X and what he’s done for people.”

The reporter, from a family of Cuban exiles, then accused Kaepernick of diverting the conversation because it was “uncomfortable” to talk about perceived support of Castro. At that point, Kaepernick said, “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”

Yeah, and Mussolini made the trains run on time.

(Except he didn’t).

(Nor does Cuba have the highest literacy rate).

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