San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick rather aggressively insinuated himself into the news cycle through his recent refusals to stand for the national anthem at football games, ostensibly in protest of race-based police brutality. In addition to widespread press coverage of these incidents, this has led to other black athletes following suit and variations on the theme. Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid knelt (as opposed to sitting or standing) during the national anthem before their team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. This supposedly was intended to moderate the tone of their protest in deference to America’s veterans.
Several other NFL players took part in similar protests over the weekend. Also this week, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall had a high-profile powwow with Denver Police Chief Robert White in an effort to ameliorate tensions between police and the black community.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. … There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
– Colin Kaepernick
While I think that the motives of the Broncos’ Marshall were probably well-intentioned, the premise behind all of these athletes’ protests is patently fallacious. Unless one takes into account specific policies of the progressive-socialist political machine, people of color are not institutionally oppressed in this country. Certainly, the relative lack of economic disenfranchisement has been sufficient to make multimillionaires out of innumerable people of color, including these athletes.
Leaving aside the oft-discussed accusation that Kaepernick’s antics were concocted to give his image a bump since his athletic prowess is allegedly lacking, clueless, prominent boobs are certainly free to carry out misplaced, disrespectful demonstrations against our nation if they wish to do so. Since pro football teams are private organizations, if their owners are too emasculated by political correctness to promote or enforce some modicum of decorum amongst their players, we’ll have to live with it.
Like those who swear six ways from Sunday that Trayvon Martin was murdered by a white cop, however, Kaepernick and like-minded doofuses are simply parroting the racialist propaganda that’s been spun from whole cloth and advanced by every dedicated leftist, from our poor excuse for a president to stoned-out rappers. Claims of “bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” aren’t too far from the rhetoric that’s come out of the White House over the past seven years. This has given rise to a perception (at least among many blacks) that any conflict between a white and a black individual must be racially motivated, and that the death of any black suspect at the hands of a white law enforcement officer is a summary execution.
What’s disturbing and dangerous is that we have prominent individuals who not only possess the same access as the rest of us to accurate information relative to these occurrences, but who lack the ability to critically assess charges of institutional racism alongside their own success, and that of countless other black Americans. These multimillionaire black athletes are apparently no more informed than a low-income urban black dropout who relies on the angry, resentful gossip to which he is exposed in the street.
In another milieu, we have the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, whose attempts to conceal her deficiencies from the electorate appear to have caught up with her. Three weeks ago in this space, I discussed Clinton’s conspicuous lack of participation in her own campaign; now, amidst long-standing concerns that she may suffer from brain trauma, Parkinson’s, some degenerative neurological disease and now rumors of her using body doubles and email evidence featuring former Secretary of State Colin Powell weighing in on the extent of Clinton’s physical decrepitude, it has been revealed that the candidate is suffering from pneumonia.
Pneumonia? Isn’t that the opportunistic bacterial infection that often attacks immuno-compromised people of advanced age shortly before they expire? I mean, a bad case of pneumonia can kill a reasonably healthy person within hours. (Muppets creator Jim Henson springs to mind.) Whether or not Clinton had received the diagnosis prior to attending (or attempting to attend) this weekend’s 9/11 memorial in New York, her actions in the face of symptoms that must have been evident speak to the intent toward subterfuge – which I imagine will come as no surprise to many readers.
The point – in both the cases of our clueless pro-sports icons and the electorate concerning Hillary Clinton – is that ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence illustrating the facts of a matter has become conventional wisdom in the minds of far, far, too many people. It was one thing for Americans to be deceived with reference to Barack Obama in 2008 given the lack of concrete knowledge of the man at that time, the massive effort to sell him as a cultural savior and Americans’ underlying sentiments and sympathies, but it appears as though the political left has largely succeeded in cultivating a culture of institutional ignorance that surpasses notions of Orwellianism and ideas that are commonly referenced as “conspiracy theories.”
Moving forward, this societal convention could prove far more significant with respect to the direction we take as a nation than the outcome of the election in November.
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