Note: This article was updated 10/18/16.
As we know, Colin Kaepernick sat out for the Star Spangled Banner a couple of weeks ago. He stated he was protesting the U.S. oppression of Blacks in this country, especially White policemen shooting unarmed Black men.
Here some of RG’s thoughts:
This action obviously created much anger among many Americans. Perhaps these people had a similar reaction when they heard Michelle Obama state, after Barack was elected in 2008: “I was never proud of this country before now, but now I am.”
Many people thought: “All right, America has treated Blacks unfairly and there still exists White racism. But, having accepted these imperfections in American society, is there anything to be proud about the United States?
Like what about the 250,000 White Northerners who died to free the slaves in the Civil War? And how about the 500,000 Americans who died in WW II to defeat the racism of Hitler and Japan? What about saving South Korea from communism? And talking about communism, what about 75 year war of attrition against Russian and worldwide communism, which resulted in its ultimate defeat? And how about encouraging the establishment of democracies throughout Latin America and Africa?
Is there anything to be proud about the U.S. contributions to the world, like all the technological inventions that Blacks use on a daily basis? And what about the American foreign aid (like the Marshal Plan and aid to post war Japan)? How about the medical advances that benefit African Americans on a routine basis? And how about the near elimination of smallpox and malaria from Africa, as well as all the other medical help in Africa? (How much have African Americans helped Africa in the last 50 years?)
Nothing to be proud about? Which country has contributed more to world civilization in the last 100 years?
How about the trillions of dollars of cash, goods, and services that have been transferred from White to Black in the last 50 years? What about all the White farmers who grow nearly 100% of all the food African Americans eat, much of it free food. What about “diversity” quotas since the 60’s civil rights movement — quotas where more competitive Whites sacrificed positions to people of color to achieve more racial diversity?
For example, Michelle and Barack went to top U.S. universities (Princeton and Columbia, which are among the top in the world), probably benefiting in diversity quotas and free tuition. Then both of them went to law school at arguably the best university in the world, Harvard – again possibly with the help of diversity quotas. Couldn’t White American be given a little credit?
Let’s look at Kaepernick. His main argument is that the country is oppressing Blacks. It’s funny, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement argues that the top 1% of the society are the villains who are oppressing the whole country. And who is one of the top 1%? None other than Colin Kaepernick! With his $100 million football contact he is in not only in the top 1%, but in the top one tenth of 1% of the “oppressors.” Who’s oppressing who? Has Kaepernick ever advocated taxing his income more and giving it to poorer people?
It’s standard rhetoric of the Black con that Whites are oppressing Blacks. And facts and arguments can give strong evidence of this hypothesis. But the antithesis has strong facts and arguments also.
Could it be that Blacks are oppressing fellow Blacks more than Whites are suppressing them? How much of an effect does Black racism have on the individual African American personality – even though the whole reality of Black racism is denied in American thought? How much crime and imprisonment of African Americans is caused by most (around 70%) Black fathers not raising their sons to obey the laws of the country and, in fact, not raising them at all?
And how much oppression in the some Black communities is caused by this crime and lawlessness, especially the constant threat of murder, assault and theft? How much oppression is caused by the drug trade in Black communities? How much oppression is caused by the anti-social and barbaric lyrics of much of the rap music that so heavily influences Black youths’ minds?
If a citizen doesn’t have the freedom to walk the streets in safety, how much are all the other freedoms worth? And who is responsible for the fear to go out of many inner city African Americans’ apartments at night?
The main theme of the Black con philosophy – which Kaepernick seemingly supports – is that that “It is all White people’s fault.” This is the scapegoating of White America, who are the dominant majority and who are largely responsible for the government and the economy.
This is interesting in that, although Kaepernick is “Black,” he is half White and was raised by a White adoptive family, in a largely in a White community in Wisconsin and went to a largely White college – on a football scholarship. Is one half of his personality oppressing African Americans?
And what about all these White cops shooting unarmed Black men that Kaepernick and “Black lives matter” people are so upset about?
How many of these “unarmed Black men” were resisting arrest and how many were actually assaulting, or threatening to assault, cops?
Donald Trump suggested that Kaepernick look for a country that works better for him. Perhaps he should even look for a country where suspected law beakers have the right to physically resist arrest, and even physically threaten cops.
Even if he found such a country, would it be less oppressive than the U.S.?
(Black con groups such as “Black lives matter” desire an increase in crime because it helps “the revolution” (the creation of racial society based on the majority population being “people of color” and led by African Americans). Since these activists believe that all African American crime is committed as a result of the financial disparity between Blacks and Whites, then the only way to decrease crime is to have a larger transfer of money from White to Black.)
Kaepernick has a point. He has a thesis. But the patriotic fans also have a point. It’s called an antithesis. To understand racial reality better, it is helpful to understand both the thesis and the antithesis. Perhaps the antithesis can be summed up as:
“Ingratitude is the worst of sins.”