Whether you follow Sports or not, by now you have likely heard the brouhaha about the San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kapernick’s proclamation that he will not stand for the National Anthem or the Flag because of the oppression of Blacks in this county.
In case you know nothing about Kapernick, he is biracial and was adopted by two white people who brought him into their home and their hearts after losing two of their children to heart defects, as Steve Deace noted on Monday, 8/29/16. (And I highly recommend Deace’s tongue-in-cheek “defense” of Kaperneck. It starts at 1:45._
Honestly, it is a little hard to take someone seriously who is ranting about oppression when he makes literally MILLIONS of dollars a year. And then he says he wants to research things first about Civil Rights and the Police, and then still spews propaganda from BLM about the Police. Wow. What a piece of work. You can bet the San Francisco Police were none too happy with Kapernick’s comments.
But Kapernick wasn’t done yet with revealing just how, um, let’s say critically thinking impaired. Why do I say that? Well, he held a press conference to further explain his illogical stance in declaring how oppressive OUR country is by wearing a – wait for it- FIDEL CASTRO T-SHIRT. I kid you not:
Wow. Just wow. This multigazliionaire is glorifying COMMUNISM.
Now Kapernick has demonstrated that not only i he a BLM propaganda-spewing parrot but how unbelievably IGNORANT he is about Cuba and its deplorable treatment of Blacks. From the Weekly Standard:
The biggest problem here is that Kaepernick is seemingly unaware of Castro’s legacy. Aside from Castro dragooning and executing Christians and gays, Castro’s record on racial justice is decidedly not “woke”, as the Internet likes to say. While Cuba’s legacy of racism predates Castro, it’s safe to say overt racism against individuals of African ancestry there remains far more pronounced than it is in the United States. In fact, racism is kind of an unstated official policy: “State-posts, government jobs, or positions in the tourism industry are often allocated on the basis of skin color. Take a look at the top office holders in Cuba. See any black faces there? No,” Mediaite’s AJ Delgado wrote.
Earlier this year, as the White House was normalizing relations with Cuba, the New York Timesdeclared “Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.” Obama even addressed the topic of Cuban racism explicitly during his historic visit. But there’s no evidence Obama used his leverage to extract any meaningful reforms to address the issue.
The fact remains that the Cuban government doesn’t deal with racism, because to talk openly about it would be to admit that Cuba’s not the socialist paradise it’s cracked up to be. But don’t take my word for it—Cuban editor Roberto Zurbano wrote an illuminating article about Cuban racism that was translated and published in the New York Times three years ago
Racism in Cuba has been concealed and reinforced in part because it isn’t talked about. The government hasn’t allowed racial prejudice to be debated or confronted politically or culturally, often pretending instead as though it didn’t exist. Before 1990, black Cubans suffered a paralysis of economic mobility while, paradoxically, the government decreed the end of racism in speeches and publications. To question the extent of racial progress was tantamount to a counterrevolutionary act. This made it almost impossible to point out the obvious: racism is alive and well.
As a result of a critical article about Cuban racism being published in an American newspaper, Zurbano lost his job at the state-sponsored Casa de las Americas cultural center. Colin Kaepernick, on the other hand, appears to be in no danger of losing his decadent, capitalist, multimillion-dollar paycheck for speaking out against his government. (Click here to read the rest.)
Uh yeah. See, in this country, people have the right to say what they want even if it is stupid as hell.
Well, if they are Liberals, that is. As David Harsanyi of The Federalist pointed out, this whole Freedom of Expression thing is something Liberals are allowed to do that Conservatives are not:
Then again, sometimes I wonder if most people understand that private organizations often have a right to fire people who embarrass them or hurt their franchises. While Kaepernick has a right to tell us what’s on his mind, he has no inherent right to be backup QB making over $100 million in the NFL. This was not readily apparent to anyone paying attention to the media over the weekend. As I scanned ESPN and cable news, I heard a lot about how Kaepernick was merely “starting a conversation” — because, God knows, no one ever discusses race issues in this country anymore – or how he should be commended for “standing up” up for his principles.
You know, I don’t remember comparable apprehension from these modern-day Voltaires when the NBA moved its All–Star Game because North Carolinians stood on their principles and decided they wanted to continue to have sex-specific bathrooms in their schools. If you like what Kaepernick has to say, embrace it. Stop pretending you care about open discourse.
I certainly don’t remember too many of these sports journalists defending the integrity of free expression and principle when Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN for sharing some dumb post on Facebook. Liberals didn’t seem troubled about Brendan Eich being forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla — not even for being an open apostate on gay rights, but for donating money to a state initiative years before. And I don’t recall that too many people were worried about free expression when the owners of an Indiana pizza shop were hounded from their business by angry progressives for having offered a blasphemous answer to a hypothetical question about same-sex marriage. […](Click here to read the rest.)
Yep, it is more of the, “This right is for me, not for thee” mindset of the Left. Because Kapernick is spouting the latest bile from Black Lives Matters and railing against White Supremacy, he is getting tacit approval from the NFL because it is his First Amendment right.
That it is, but it should apply equally to people like Shilling (and believe you me, as a diehard Yankees fan, it is a little hard to rally for Schilling after his pitching led to the defeat of the Yankees in the ALCS a while back) for a Facebook post, and others who have stated positions not accepted by the PC Crowd.
So yeah, a little less hypocrisy would be nice, wouldn’t it? Uh, yeah…
And on that note, I will leave you to this Open Thread!