We covered a lot of ground in Part I that addressed the NFL football players denigrating the American flag, disrespecting the National Anthem, and throwing mud in the face of the first responders who protect the American citizens from mayhem, crime, and anarchy – the police and law enforcement officers across the country. I called the protest despicable and anti-American. The problem goes back to this past year when a mediocre quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, of the San Francisco 49ers, grabbed the pre-game spotlight by not standing during the traditional National Anthem and the presentation of the “colors”.
Not only were fans shocked by this open display of disrespect for a great American tradition, but drew the ire of those fans who were present, and managed to create the greatest controversy in professional sports history. His giving America “the middle finger”, managed to upset millions of fans who were tuned in to the national TV broadcast. The chorus of boos did nothing to deter Kaepernick in his misguided quest to gain notoriety, which was subsequently repeated every time his team took the field as the season rolled on.
Following the game, the media rushed in to interview Keapernick and the reason behind his actions. The media in the face of the faltering NFL support this year were more than anxious to portray him as some kind of folk hero against The Establishment, which would include his country, law enforcement, the flag and, whether he likes it or not, the NFL, the American public, and the traditions of our great country.
This couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time for the media and the anti-Trumpers, following the surprising results of the 2016 Presidential election, which has become the biggest political divide in American history egged-on and financially sponsored by George Soros and the Marxist crowd committed to the over-throw of America. Their agenda is to destroy our freedoms, liberty, and our way of life, and there is no better way than to go after EVERYTHING that has made America great, including our passion for football! Here they are all wrapped-up with a big bow, and with America’s football stars being duped into carry to load for the liberal-progressives. Unfortunately the whole issue shows just how out-of-touch these leftist are with the real American people! We love our freedoms our way of life, and are damn proud of our flag and National Anthem!
In interviews with the media, Kaepernick has foolishly made statements that reveal his ignorance, despite the fact we have been told he was a “A” student in school. As I stated in Part I, the federal government’s control of public schools with the advent of the Department of Education under the Carter Administration, has done more damage than good to our children’s education as proven by competitive test scores that show American kids are plummeting despite the fact we spend more on education than any other country on earth. Mr Kaepernick furthers my argument.
The comments below by Kaepernick are taken from his public interview which he held following the 49er’s loss to the Miami Dolphins on November 27, 2016. One would have to admit that he came out loaded for bear to lambast the country that has afforded him with much privilege and financial success. But like most people eager to shoot off their mouths, when trying to kill the goose that laid the golden egg (America), Kaepernick paid little attention to the image he would portray by wearing a T-shirt that featured a picture of Fidel Castro on the front. Unfortunately for him, among the reports was Armando Salguero from the Miami Herald, a Cuba refugee forced to leave Castro’s Cuba.
Some may think this point may be insignificant when questioning a man about some very serious allegations he has made against the United States, but it goes to the core of his beliefs. To condemn America, a country which has afforded Keapernick, along with all those playing in the NFL, with lifestyles which are the envy of most Americans, doesn’t make much sense. Castro and Cuba on the other hand, has been one of the most repressive and brutal regimes on planet earth, with virtually no rights afforded their citizens.
When a man is under contract supposedly worth up to $126 million (though in actuality is far less without all the bonuses and play-off money considerations – but clearly not chicken feed), and another several million in endorsement contracts, it would have to be a big stretch for anyone with an ounce of common sense to believe that any of these folks have been oppressed in any way, at least not by most White Americans.
A correct statement would be, “the greatest oppressors of Black Americans are Black Americans, the liberal politicians who trap poor Blacks in the inner-city with crime, ghetto housing, and poor schools, along with the racebaiters who never want racial tensions ended otherwise they’d be out of a job”.
Keapernick: “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.”
I’ll address the second claim about the bodies in the street in a minute. If you recall the salary figures and special treatment the NFL Payers Association and the players’ business managers have negotiated with the NFL team owners I showed in Part I (The total money paid to the NFL football players for 2017 will be about $5.209 BILLION), you should also know, the last time I checked the number of Black players in the NFL, the figure was around 70%. A large number of those players chose not to stand for the opening ceremonies, but chose to sit-it-out with Keapernick, basically supporting his allegations against America.
“Bodies in the street” make all of America sound like Chicago, IL where Black on Black murder had reached epidemic stages. So far in 2017, there have been 533 murders and 2,880 shootings. On average, a person is shot every two hours and 17 minutes and murdered every 12 and a half hours. In 2016, when Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee, Chicago witnessed 806 murders and 4,379 shootings, so maybe Mr. Kaepernick and the NFL Players should focus their attention on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and his Democrat controlled city instead of denigrating America.
The argument about the number of black males who have been shot by law enforcement officers, and the charge about bodies lying in the street, claimed by Kaepernick and an issue raised by Black Lives Matter, does deserve to be discussed in a rational and peaceful manner, not through violent street marches that end in protestors raising hell and damaging other people’s property, causing bodily injury, and anarchist-style mayhem and riots. Those seeking redress of police brutality do not help their cause by disrespecting the flag and damning one of the few countries you will find that has specific laws that are constitutionally protected to assure the rights of its citizens, including free speech and the right to dissent.
According to Armando Salguero from the Miami Herald, “Mr. Kaepernick picked this battle with America and was spectacularly wrong and misinformed about the side he has chosen”. Mr. Salguero points out that the rising murder rate by Blacks since the riots of a year ago is in part due to the anti-police fever that Kaepernick helped inspire. Again, it is sad to say some of the victims of the violence and the killing are some of the same people he claims to support.
Now, to declare all shootings involving police and young black men as “intentional”, “racially motivated”, “premeditated”, and declared “murder” by Black Lives Matter, is no better than having law enforcement absolve all shootings without the judicial oversight of a grand jury so all evidence can be examined. In America, police put their lives on the line every day, and face dangers these football players never dreamed of. Yes, they want to go home at the end of their shift as much as the footballers want to go home after a game.
All Americans regardless of race, color, or occupation, are afforded constitutionally protected rights. The days of vigilantism, punishment without trial, and vengeance by those who feel they have been wronged, have long passed. Everyone accused of a crime is entitled to be confronted by witnessed and evidence, and then afforded a fair trial by a judge or a jury of his/her peers, including the police. This is the mark of a civilized society.
One thing about figures and statistics which each side of the debate love to throw around regarding police brutality that results in an officer discharging his weapon, the old saying is “liars figure and figures lie”, are sure to hold true. So if we were to begin rational discussions regarding the claims made by Mr. Kaepernick, about the only numbers we need, were reported in the Washington Post and provided by the FBI. The shootings of the past were each addressed and resolved legally by grand juries and/or trials made up of citizens of all ethnicities. We can only go forward from here.
The FBI provided a detailed database of victim officers and offenders in felonious incidents, accidental deaths and assaults with injury, from the early 1980s. From 1980 to 2013, there were 2,269 officers killed in felonious incidents, and 2,896 offenders. The racial breakdown of offenders over the 33-year period was on par with the 10-year period: 52 percent were white, and 41 percent were black. The FBI could not confirm whether Hispanic or Latino offenders were included in the count before 2011.
Of the 2,896 offenders in felonious deaths, at least 203 committed suicide and about 400 were justifiably killed on the scene. There were 161 offenders who were known to the law enforcement agency to have prior mental illness. There were 319 offenders under the influence of alcohol, and 228 under the influence of narcotics (those two numbers are not exclusive of each other).
In his interview Mr. Kaepernick went on to make some statements that cannot be backed up by facts, and are outright propaganda promoted by the Castro regime:
Kaepernick: “One thing 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.”
Fact is America spends more money on education than any other country in the world. The federal government created the Department of Education and can be directly blamed for the downward spiral of test results against children of other countries as well as the high drop-out rate of Black children we find caged in the inner-city schools in cities that are Democrat strongholds.
Mr. Salguero continues with his critique of Mr. Kaepernick, “And that’s exactly the moment Kaepernick shows how lost he truly is. Because in the next breath, Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, explains to me, the guy born in Havana, how great Castro really is.
First, many countries have high literacy rates, and yes, Cuba reported its high rate of literacy with both men and women, but one should not be surprised as it is the same people who report Cuba’s election results — the ones in which the Castros get 100% of the votes. Remember, it was in Russia where Joseph Stalin always got 100% of the votes and boasted, “It is enough to let the people know they have the right to vote, but I get to count the votes!”
Second, Cuba doesn’t have to invest a lot in its prison system consisting of dungeons and firing squads (El Paredon) because they are not too expensive to maintain.
“And finally, it’s bizarre that Kaepernick is extolling the education system of a country where people believe launching out into shark-infested seas to flee Cuba is a better idea than staying there’. Michael Moore also made a fool of himself bragging on Cuba’s free healthcare system, a system that treats pancreatic cancer with coffee enemas. I would think that since Cuba seems to be a panacea for people like Mr. Kaepernick, there would be a long line of folks wanting to immigrate to the island utopia rather than fleeing like cockroaches when the lights are turned on, but we don’t see that!
At some point in the interview Mr. Kaepernick started to realize how untenable his position was relative to the Castros. Mr. Salguero said, “I’m hoping Kaepernick understands one should not make broad statements about standing up for people’s rights, then slip into a Fidel Castro shirt, suggesting approval for a man who has spent his days on the planet stifling people’s rights”.
When the public took a good look at the Kaepernick press conference and analyzed how little he really thought of our great country the anger grew among football fans, veterans, first responders, and other Americans who believe we have an exceptional country. The battle lines were drawn and the NFL Players Association chose to stand against America and American values. A short while later, some realized they were on the wrong side of history and had to find ways of back peddling.
While the leftist media was working feverously to make a folk hero out of Kaepernick, all of a sudden they tried to hedge their bets by casting the blame for the NFL player’s action, including Mr. Kaepernick’s, by blaming it all on President Donald Trump who voiced his opinion which was much in line with the sentiments of the American public. The protestors along with the media changed tactics and began calling the disrespect they have shown as a “revolt against the President”.
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