Every person who has grown to any degree of usefulness, every person who has grown to distinction, almost without exception has been a person who has risen by overcoming obstacles, by removing difficulties, by resolving that when he met discouragement he would not give up. – Booker T. Washington
Sept. 3, 1783 – The Revolutionary War between the United States and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.
Sept. 3, 1838 – Frederick Douglass boarded a train in MD on his way to freedom from being a slave.
Sept. 3, 1976 – The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface.
Sept. 3, 2016
Black Quarterbacks matter. Yeah let’s go there.
By now you may know this past weekend 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem at the NFL Preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Everyone has since foisted their bountiful opinions in the ensuing days. What you may not know is that Kaepernick doubled down on Thursday night in San Diego. This time opting to kneel during the Anthem. With this second act of protest, he was able to enlist a fellow teammate to his cause. On this evening, it just so happened to be the Chargers’ annual Military Appreciation salute game. Kaepernick’s choice to kneel predictably wrought him a roar of “Boos” from the disfavoring crowd.
The bi-racial Quarterback explained his reason for the protest, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color… To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” (nfl.com)
Before we delve any deeper and examine the ramifications or Politics of this gesture—and it is afterall a political gesture—I’d like to convey that I admire Kaepernick’s unwavering resolve to take a stand for something he believes in. Aside from the individual backlash he has received from fans, this statement assuredly WILL NOT help in the area of endorsements. (On a side note: Neither will his interception prone decision making) Endorsements, need I remind you, are at the end of the day, revenue dollars.
That said, I’m not sure I see how this issue is at all difficult to discuss. Abortion? See that’s a tough issue. Abortion is hard to address because it contains a REAL disagreement within our society. The legality of abortion features two sides of the debate: a winner and a loser. Both sides cannot be satisfied by convening on a middle ground. But Race, that is a non-issue. And ironically, that in itself is the controversy within the ‘Race Dialogue’. The modern Racial dispute emanates from the very disagreement that there is (or is not) innate racism within our society.
This is why I think it inexcusable—better yet detestable—that race relations have derailed to the wasteland in which they now reside. We all want the same outcome, we all have the same philosophy, the same end game, and yes (in the 21st Century) even the same starting point. We all want to be treated equally. And nobody thinks that Police should have the power to kill innocent people. That would be absurd. So what has happened? What has allowed such a divide in a society that acknowledges from square one that all men are created equal?
The answer: We have been mislead. Mislead by quarterbacks who spout off without knowing what the hell they are talking about, but more importantly, we have been deceived by our own elected leadership. These are the individuals who are truly accountable. For instance, the President of the United States and his puppet-like surrogates.
Now, I couldn’t take issue enough with the foolish public statement that Colin Kaepernick has issued. It is unfounded, and ignorant. There are racists, but inherent racism throughout American society? What a straw man. If you keep reading we shall dispel that fallacy. Also, I will go through the specifics of why Colin is wrong in just a minute, but humor me for a second….Keep in mind Kaepernick’s job is to play football, he has a right to his opinions and as far as I’m concerned, I don’t care if he kneels, or sits, or does pilates while the national anthem is playing (maybe it will help his football). However, should this not be expected from someone who gets paid to study the pre-snap reads of “in-out and mix” coverages and how the Safety creeping up a yard and a half before the play is a “key” that there is no longer a Cover-2 Defensive Scheme in place? (If I lost you there that’s sort of my point, he’s a football player for crying out loud not a professor …and judging by his on-field play, Kap has some sort of handicap in even understanding this). But when someone who is a Constitutional scholar (like the President of the United States) goes on National Television and says, “The cops acted stupidly”, before hearing the details of a case… That is someone, I contend, that should be held accountable for their misguided remarks.
After spraying his opinion all over the nation like an unregulated pesticide he himself would deem unsafe, The President turned out to be completely wrong. (Not once, instead every single time) Yet, that here is not the issue. I could care less what the President’s betting record is. Whereas the issue here is that Constitutional Scholar Obama, the very man who boasts, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president [George W. Bush] I actually respect the Constitution.” forgot the basis of Natural Law: Innocent Until Proven Guilty. Did that not cross his mind?
This guy used to teach the Constitution to college students! I can only imagine how useless his poor pupils must feel having skipped over the lesson of Habeas Corpus which goes back thousands of years. Did Barack Obama fail to read The Writs of Assistance by James Otis, even the 4th Amendment? He swore to protect the Constitution, did he not read it? Or did he skip over that one? I will resist the urge to digress, but we have verified that he already glazed over the second.
You see, justice doesn’t fit his narrative. That is how the Democratic party gets votes. If you’re going to tell me that I’m wrong, or that I’m racist, or that I don’t understand because I’m white, I warn you because you have also just labeled the Black members of the jury who acquitted the police in this case “wrong, racist and white”. I’m not quite sure if that is politically correct.
And if the President demonstrated that he drew his verdict before hearing the evidence, wouldn’t that make you question all of his pre-drawn verdicts? When drawing conclusions we are called to look at evidence, not skin color! “Oh but you haven’t seen the other cases, Christian!” Okay, that’s fine, If the evidence is so obviously against the police officer let’s let him go to trial and let’s throw the book at him. Which is what is happening in the case of the cop who shot the man in the back that everyone likes to cite as evidence of “injustice”. He is unequivocally being tried for MURDER. Get your facts straight.
Why do we need to play judge jury and executioner? This is how government worked in the day of kings. Now can you see how innocent people were so often executed? If Obama were king, that officer would be dead….Scary…Now you see the basis of the Jury Trial. Furthermore, in repeaditedly jumping to conclusions, the Pres. happens to be in contradiction of one of his own golden rules. In the past the President has noted that when you’re a President you cannot have “a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Did we forget that lesson?
The President isn’t the only one responsible for this irresponsibility . His mouthpieces on the Left and in the media have contributed to the lawlessness. And with every unfounded statement, race relations get worse. Notice how he never reappears on Television stating that he was mistaken. Correcting the record… This is not leadership. I guess it should come as no shock from someone who bases his leadership skills on the principle of “leading from behind”. Whereas he knows that people will then view this as a hint that he disagrees with the verdict. (I don’t think that is the case) But that is how his constituents read into it. They see it as, “The Justice System is out to get blacks!” Meanwhile, we forget that it is he and Loretta Lynch who are the very ones who run the Justice Department–the people we’re calling racist toward blacks are black!
Keep in mind, before 2008, there was a study done which found that this generation–my generation–was the first truly color blind generation in the History of the United States…Which should not come as a shocker. The only racism I know is how I’m supposed to feel guilty about saying that racism is not a serious problem in the United States. So am I supposed to shy away from the truth for fear of being called a racist? Am I missing the hidden brilliance of this reasoning? Maybe we should stop identifying with the title Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and so on (Notice I said Identify, not rid ourselves of the word)… Maybe we should grow-up and stop identifying with our race like we’re some kind of team we need to root for like the 49’ers. It’s silly. I’m from LA. I just saw a sign that said Vote Latino. What does that even mean? Is there one political agenda that benefits all Latinos like a big blanket. Of course not! The assumption that such a policy exists is in itself racism. Assuming that all people of one race are exactly the same is a dangerous broad brush approach we must avoid. Can you say Stereotyping anyone?
When I see a story about a white man getting shot by a black person, I don’t root for the white guy to be innocent! I root for justice to be served, and for the person at fault, whether he be the white or the black to be punished to the full extent of the law. This is no earth-shattering view I pat myself on the back for holding—Everyone feels this way! But we have been trained not to say it like it is. We have been trained to feel offended when people say that BLANK percent of blacks end up in jail, or unemployed, or that only BLANK percent of the NBA is white… Give me a break. Did any of you root harder for team USA when the White athletes were competing? I bet you couldn’t give a damn (let alone notice) what color their skin was. If that doesn’t signify the E Pluribus Unum (of many one) principle of America, the ONE NATION under God slogan, and the pride you felt for the black white yellow red pink purple athlete, then I don’t know what does better than that. You see, this construes the absurdity of the divisiveness the Left and the media want you to feel. They want you to feel uncomfortable in addressing the race issue.
We faction ourselves. We identify with our ‘Racial’ teams and we throw dirt at eachother. “We say things like “Us whites, or we Latinos,” it’s weird. I have way more in common with my fellow black or latino or asian American that loves freedom than my white neighbor who tramples private property rights and advocates oppression. (Yeah in case you haven’t learned by now, I’m white. Do I write like a white person? Wait don’t answer that.)
Christian, you don’t know what you’re talking about though. You weren’t around for segregation and slavery and so on….
Buddy.. Neither were you, neither were your friends and neither was Colin Kaepernick. I have news for you: Get over it and get on board the love train. It’s 2016. I feel for you if you’ve ever experienced any form of racism, but I had nothing to do with that. Stop blaming me!
This blanket implicative blaming that the Left participates in is equivalent to the ignorant principle that “all blacks are inferior”, Both are categorically wrong. Just as it is false that ‘blacks are not humans’ is misfounded, it is equally bizarre in stating that white people living in 2016 are responsible for slavery in 1850. That belief though, I remind you, is the very axiom the Democratic Party was founded on.
It is estimated that less than 5% of white people living in America today have any genetic connection whatsoever to Slavery. (Meaning your ancestors participated in the slave trade in any form) That’s like blaming a German living in America for the Holocaust. The Left wants to play the ethnicity game, and then blatantly ignore it when it’s convenient. White = privilage. White = racist. Dude, my ancestors didn’t even own slaves in America! They were probably in Ireland growing potatoes. Think of how wrong this is, you’re trying to teach me to be raicist…. It aint workin, bruhh. Stop Trying. 5 percent! 8 % of the population thinks Elvis is still alive! (BoldProgressives.org – not exactly a Right-leaning site).
People try and tell us that Systemic Racism still exists. The President says we have “racism in our DNA”. If that were the case, (which is completely anti-scientific, Racism is not a genetic trait) there are still only 5 percent of us who have it in our DNA. And people like the President and Colin Kaepernick are half white. What has vaccinated them from the Racist Virus that the rest of us have apparently caught? Do share your secret Colin.
The Nation is so racist that half of the country voted for the President. Wouldn’t that mean at least half of the country isn’t racist Barack? Then you did a God-Awful job, and we elected you again. How again is that racist?
Not to mention many said that they voted for you because you were black (Even white people acknowledged this!). If you ask me you’re right Mr. Prez, many people voted for you not based on anything except that you were black. That is racism, it’s pro-black racism and you didn’t throw a challenge flag when the rules were working in your favor…no no no, you marched on down the field with it like you were Colin Kaepernick before he started whining. You got votes just for being black! Not judging your character… not your background, not your record, and especially not your policies! Aside from the fact that I think it weird—and ultimately a bad strategy—to vote for someone based on skin color (just look at what happened) I do pause to admire the distance of which we (as a nation) have come. For goodness-sake, I wish we could have another black President! Not because he’s black, but because he’s a good decent person who has a battle-tested plan for America! Ben Carson anyone? Nope, the Left HATES him.
But we do have to acknowledge the fact that there are racists out there. Not many though. Not enough to even earn recognition. Some hate whites, some hate blacks, some hate asians, some hate native americans, some hate everyone…and some idiots—as we covered earlier—believe Elvis is alive. 8 percent of 320 million is more than just a few people. For the record though, you would never say America has a “believing in Elvis” problem. Why then do we get away with saying America is inherently racist? Bullshit. America is not racist.
And unlike the Left, I’ll be the first one to say that we should hold police to a higher standard. So if the police act inapproprately, let’s lock them up forever. Let’s bring back the firing squad, because I agree, they took an oath to protect us. They should not use that power we have lent them to opress us, the people. That defeats the purpose of law enforcement. So not all cops are bad. But they are people, I will level with you there… And that is why the solution is giving the rights to the people. They are human beings afterall.
Finally, let’s talk Kaepernick. You’ll be surprised to know that I’m to some extent a Kaepernick fan. NO I DON’T HAVE A POSTER OF HIM IN MY ROOM. But I like watching him play. I have always rooted for his success and still do, though he hasn’t had much of it lately on and off the field (his Thursday night stats show some hope).
He describes blacks as oppressed. Yet somehow he managed to land a $100m deal for playing football. He has thousands of fans who show up at games every weekend to root for him that are of all races. Moses didn’t ask Pharaoh to free the Israelites while he was being carried around as a prince. He gave that up and took action!
His jersey happens to be one of the top-selling jerseys in the nation (not Moses, Kap). You can find many of these people, many of them white, wearing his jersey in respect and admiration for their hero on any given Sunday. We had better give them some lessons in racism because at the apex of slavery in the south, you didn’t exactly find slave jerseys last time I checked. Furthermore, he goes out and performs for these people every week. According to his own logic, he would have to acknowledge that many of the people he is offering his entertainment to would undoubtedly have to be racists…if you are to take him at his word that he believes racism is an epidemic in America. Is it an epidemic that his fans are immune to?
When talking about Police Officers getting paid leave for killing people, he is either ill informed or dishonest. In reality, an officer who shoots a suspect is mandated paid leave so that they can be tried in order to get to the bottom of the case. I don’t blame Kaepernick on this one, because it seems this ignorant outlook could earn you an A in Professor Obama’s Constitutional Law class at the University of Chicago. I’m sure the standards for star Quarterbacks from University of Nevada, Reno are similarly low.
Kaepernick said, “It takes more training to become a cosmetologist than a police officer,” Which may well be true, but since Colin hasn’t taken the Orange County Police Department’s offer to come down and witness a training session and decide for himself, I guess we will never know the answer to that statement. You see Colin has the time to state his opinions, but he just doesn’t have the time to research them beforehand. Do you check what you’re about to drink before you drink it?
A reporter asked Colin this week what would need to change to make him happy? He responded, “It’s tough to lock down one specific thing that needs to change”, Meaning, I don’t have anything in mind, I just drank the clear liquid. I didn’t smell it beforehand to make sure it wasn’t Vodka. Judging by his actions, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had gulped a bit too much.
After talking about how black people were getting murdered relentlessly, he contradicted his own logic by saying, “that’s not right, that’s not right by anyone’s standards”,
If it’s not right by anyone’s standards, is everyone truly racist? “Christian he didn’t say that” Okay but he’s saying that Blacks are oppressed. If that is “not right by anyone’s standards”, where the heck do you get off making such a claim. WHO IS THE OPPRESSOR? If he can reason with the public with an emotional arguement, then the public must not be the ones opressing black people. Who is?
I think I’ve spent too much time reading into the illogical, twisted, stupidity here. I could have saved all of us time and warned you that the reasoning is that there is no reasoning. But you may not have believed there was such little depth. You only become more confused when trying to find out what he really thinks. And for this reason you know that Kaepernick’s claims are at the end of the day self-aggrandizing, self-self serving, and purely political.
But the Left loves to defend him. He’s a football player and a great athlete. Since when do we hold what they have to say on politics in such high regard?
The answer: We do when it is benificial. Because just as the Left claims he is an expert on race, they have conveniently ignored his claims on Hillary Clinton. Colin added, “You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids ‘super predators,’ ” he went on, “We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?”
He also went off on Trump which is unsurprising, but for some reason the Left who deemed Kaepernick the instant Political-Expert has decided that in this area—the area of jailing Hillary Clinton—he could not be any more mistaken. Take it or leave it people, he is either brilliant, or he’s not. You can’t pick and choose when it’s convenient.
The NFL quarterback purchased this 4,600 sqft house in the Silver Creek neighborhood in 2014 for $2.7 million.
All in all, there is no place on planet earth that has allowed Black people to be more affluent than the United States. That is the beauty of Conservative Values. When they are applied, not only do the people who advocate them benefit, even the spoiled, misguided, brats who try to undermine them benefit greatly…yep even like Colin Kaepernick.
I’ll let Jerry Rice take us home, “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag,”
Keep it Real.
The Real Times– a degree in common sense…
Kaepernick Showing Black opressoin on the cover of “Haute Living” magazine
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