Colin Kaepernick Takes the Easy Way Out… Victimhood

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Colin Kaepernick is certainly an articulate young man. That was obvious from his interaction with the press in the locker room where he faced a phalanx of reporters asking him about his decision to sit through the national anthem to bring attention to the “oppression” of black men. Given that this is the first year he has sat through the national anthem he was asked how his position has evolved over the years. He answered:

“It’s something that I’ve seen, I’ve felt, wasn’t quite sure how to deal with originally. And it is something that’s evolved. It’s something that as I’ve gained more knowledge about, what’s gone in this country in the past, what’s going on currently. These aren’t new situations. This isn’t new ground. There are things that have gone on in this country for years and years and have never been addressed, and they need to be.” (Emphasis mine.)

When asked if he personally felt oppressed he responded:

There have been situations where I feel like I’ve been ill-treated, yes. This stand wasn’t for me. This stand wasn’t because I feel like I’m being put down in any kind of way. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.

When asked if he’d been asked by management to tone down his comments he replied:

No. No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about. I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances. 
(Emphasis mine.)

And when asked what needed to change he answered:

There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.  (Emphasis mine.)  Full transcript here.

Kaepernick may indeed be articulate, but alas, he’s a fool. Abraham Lincoln had it right: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

What makes Kaepernick a fool? The fact that he parrots the Black Lives Matter lies that black men in America are oppressed and are unable to provide for their families and escape poverty because of police brutality.

Black men may indeed be oppressed by the government, but it’s not in the way Kaepernick suggests. It’s by government welfare programs that destroy families and make unwed motherhood a viable choice. It’s by the education bureaucracy that walks in lockstep with teacher’s unions and keeps inner city children from getting a decent education. It’s the myriad labor regulations that make it inefficient for businesses to hire young black men with little experience and give them an entry into the working world. And the consequence of all of these government programs is that young black men do indeed have a difficult time escaping poverty and all too often are ending up dead… but it’s mostly not at the hands of police, but rather at the hands of other young black men.

But that’s not what Kaepernick is protesting. That’s not what Kaepernick wants to change. That’s not what Kaepernick is lending his voice to the voiceless for. No, Kaepernick would rather focus on the tiny fraction of police interactions that result in the bloodshed of innocent black men. Why? Because singling out police is an easy answer to a complex problem. Like so many men of the left, Kaepernick isn’t interested in actually solving problems, he’s interested in making himself feel good about talking about them. To the left results don’t matter, outcomes don’t matter. What actually works doesn’t really matter. If it did, Kaepernick and his BLM friends would be protesting for more police in their communities, they would be protesting to throw out the teacher’s unions, they would be protesting minimum wage hikes that make it economically impossible to hire and train uneducated young men with no work experience. They would be calling for longer sentences for criminals, everyone from murders to kids involved in flash mob violence. They would be focusing on character programs and strengthening families rather than protesting police and shutting down highways.

Black men do indeed have challenges in America, but the truth is, like everyone else, they have opportunities as well. No place in human history have black men or yellow men or white men or any other men had the opportunity for success they do in the United States, regardless of their background, station, race or religion.  Colin Kaepernick has been able to take advantage of those opportunities like few others have, black or white. By foolishly choosing this position he betrays all of those young black men who understand that with good character, hard work and perseverance anyone has an opportunity to succeed in America. If black America is to be saved, it will be those men who do it, not the fools like Kaepernick and his BLM friends who would rather perpetuate a mentality of victimhood and oppression.

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

15 Responses to “Colin Kaepernick Takes the Easy Way Out… Victimhood”

  1. 1

    Nanny G

    “About six weeks ago,” Kaepernick began to the hosts of CBS 13 Good Morning San Francisco, “I converted to Islam. I have become increasingly disenchanted with America and Christianity. There is so much hate and inequality in the world, and Mohammed teaches us that it is all because of the blue eyed infidels. This is why I have made the choice to fight against America and it’s Christian values, and fight for peace and love with Islam.”

    https://www.ncscooper.com/colin-kaepernick-converts-to-islam/

    IF he knew anything about Islam at all, he’d know he has no right to wear that white head dress.
    A white head dress in Islam indicates the wearer is a DIRECT descendant of Mohammad.
    The photo at the link compares his Islamic ”look” to Osama bin Ladin’s.

    Has he had a complete mental breakdown?
    Seems like it:

    Kaepernick was asked what he plans to do to bring about change.
    I want to lead America to become my very own Califate,” answered Kaepernick to some very sour faces. “I will lead the Islamic Jihad here in America. This has been coming for some time, well, ever since I found out that Osama Bin Laden was my biological father. I was born to lead. Remember how I single handedly led the 49ers to the Superbowl?”

    About this time, the station cut to commercial!

  2. 2

    Spurwing Plover

    What a total idiot why dont he just move to another country if he thinks america is so racsists perhaps he should be reminded that the 13th Amendment ended slavery but its realy hard to talk to a liberal becuase their stupidity gets in the way

  3. 3

    another vet

    Lots of people are buried at Arlington and elsewhere that gave him the right to express his views. The best way to deal with this is for people to not watch 49er games on television and not go to their games when they come to town. That will hit the team and the NFL in the pocketbook from a decrease in revenue from advertising and ticket sales.

  4. 4

    joetote

    While I find it hard to even stomach anything from the BLM movement or so called celebrities in general as to “oppression” and so forth, especially seeing they can’t be bothered to take responsibility for anything, this is one I’d really like to hear from someone like Skook as to his opinions on it.

    Visitors to this site all know of Skook’s history as well as his brilliant essays and stories, but I”m thinking about his personal ethics as to hard work and responsibility. I for one know one thing for sure. Being a blacksmith and a horseman for that matter, a couple of the many jobs Skook has worked is in fact real work. Anything you attain in that occupation you earn the hard way. No entitlements! If you’re good, you earn respect and trust. And I know the hell Skook went through having seen it in my time on the track with others

    Being from Chicago, I see my home city becoming a cesspool like Detroit. Black society, whether they like it or not has got to shoulder the mojority of the responsibility for this. Like it or not facts show well up to 90% of the crime and issues in those neighborhoods are black on black. Yet they choose to blame everyone but themselves. We all know the reasons are many, lack of two parents, entitlement and Brainwashing from the Jesses and Sharptons of the world and so on, but until they can clean up their own acts, listening to clowns like Kapernick and others just turns my stomach

  5. 6

    Redteam

    One specifically? Police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable.

    The number of blacks killed by police pales beside the number killed by other young blacks. Look at the number of black babies murdered legally every year. I’m quite sure Kaepernick is not oppressed and doubt very much that he personally knows anyone that is.

  6. 7

    Redteam

    Prediction Kaepernik will not still be in the NFL at the end of this season.
    I believe that every American has the right of free speech but that comes with taking the responsibility for when that free speech offends someone and if that someone that is offended is your employer (the fans of the NFL). If I were a San Fran fan, I would not watch another game until he is no longer on the team. A couple of weekends with about a half full stadium should just about take care of that. The only way he survives is if San Fran has a great season in spite of this. But I suspect the morale of that team is scraping bottom about now and that usually does not win ball games. Opening day for San Fran is 9/11. Let’s see if he has the cajones to sit down while the anthem is played that day.

  7. 8

    another vet

    @Redteam:

    If I were a San Fran fan, I would not watch another game until he is no longer on the team.

    Remember, this is SF you are talking about. They’ve been known to dis the military there so this bozo is probably looked upon as a hero by some.

  8. 9

    Redteam

    @another vet: I realize that, and I know they were the leading citizens of spitting on returning viet soldiers, but I think the NFL fans will do him in even if the San Fran fans don’t. I think his ability is about to do him in anyhow. He hasn’t done anything since his 2012 season. Straight downhill. I think that contributes to his frustration. He’s trying to blame his situation on being ‘oppressed’. Chuckle

  9. 10

    kitt

    Guy is so bad ,this is his way back to the spotlight his football skills couldn’t take him. No wonder they havent seen a bowl since 1994 no heart in that team.

  10. 11

    stevo

    @Nanny G: Most likely you’re trolling, but it kind of seems like you might be for real. So in case you were serious, fyi that’s a satirical (fake) news site. The picture is photoshopped. Obviously lol

  11. 12

    Redteam

    @stevo: I think most people recognized it as a ‘fake’ news site, but makes no real difference, the message is essentially the same. Kaepernick has reason to believe he will be cut for the team because he is not good enough. He’s feeling oppressed, he wants to blame someone. It must be those dastardly white people flying those American flags that are mean to him.

  12. 13

    Richard Wheeler

    @Nanny G: Seems you’ll believe most anything.
    Re S.F. Their mistake was losing Harbaugh–one of football’s greatest coaches.
    Kap is talented and would be better of with another team

  13. 14

    Redteam

    @Richard Wheeler:

    Kap is talented and would be better of with another team

    Yes, maybe the Iraqi Camel Jockeys. Poor little oppressed guy, can’t make a decent wage in this oppressive country. I agree that losing Harbaugh was a hit to the 49’s, but Kaepernick’s injuries are what is causing his problems. It’s all downhill from here. He’ll be cut soon and no one will sign him. He wants someone to blame for his problems and it is NOT the American Flag that is causing his problems.
    While I certainly believe he has the right to do whatever he personally wants to do, I don’t think the NFL or San Fran should allow him to be a spokesman in uniform for their position. He hurts the whole NFL with his attitude. He should go over and play for the Camel Jocks.

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