I was thinking a bit about Colin Kaepernick the much maligned quarterback for the San Fransisco 49ers who by the way will be starting this Sunday, but a name came up that I highly despise, that name sister Sarah Palin the idiot savant of nothingness. she had a message for Colin, the message reads.
America – let’s sack this ungrateful punk.
Kaepernick – yeah, you’re really “down with the oppressed” in this nation. Enjoying your $114 million contract, your previous adoring fans, sucking up a life of luxury… GOD AND COUNTRY GAVE YOU THIS OPPORTUNITY. You can’t acknowledge that? Then on behalf of every Vet I’m privileged to know: GET THE HELL OUT.
– Sarah Palin
Her message is first of all very insulting. If their is a god then he or she or it did a bad job with this Country. I would say he(Colin) was successful because of his skill and Country had nothing to do with it. Blacks had to fight to get a seat at the table and we’re still fighting for self determination. Since you have come up, you’ve gone into hibernation which is a good thing. But to tell a grown man to get the hell out is troublesome and insulting. Why don’t you take your ass back to Europe and try reading a book about the history of this Country specifically foreign policy.
As football fan I have a joke for you. What do you call a white man surrounded by ten black guys…a quarterback. Racism permeates the inner core of this Country. While Sister Sarah is making a point she falls in line with white privilege and white supremacy. The position of quarterback represents white privilege. The former racist President Theodore Roosevelt who is having a few issues these days and all fair. To know more about him read The Imperial Cruise by Jame Bradley. In 1906 Theodore Roosevelt said “the quarterback position represents the founding fathers of America, it represents the President of this Country a position a black man will never obtain. The quarterback position represents leadership, decision making and authority.”
Let’s continue supporting Kaepernick in his fight for justice. If people come to you about the military, don’t answer, he never mentioned it. But ask them to tell you the history of the national anthem and the war of 1812… the real history! Its funny, but do you tell the Jews to stand for the German national anthem if it was written by Joseph Goebbels? I leave you with a quote from my favorite writer.
“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” James Baldwin
Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality.
The American sprinters who were sent home from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics for what they called a “human rights salute” say the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and others are right to use their platform in an attempt to affect social change 48 years later.
“Don’t hate the kid because he stood up for something to change,” said Smith, who won the gold medal and set a world record in the 200 meters in 1968. “He stood up for the right to exercise Amendment 1.”
At a time when professional athletes such as Colin Kaepernick are labeled as unpatriotic for refusing to stand during the national anthem at sporting events, it turns out that the very displays of patriotism and tributes to the armed forces on display at those games were paid for by the U.S. government. So when those teams tell the players to stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner,” it is because the fake patriotism is bought and sold like a commodity.
Stephen A. Smith brought attention to the practice on ESPN’s “First Take” recently, as players have come under fire for refusing to salute the flag. Smith noted that players were not required to stand until 2009, and before that time players did not stand for the anthem because they remained in the locker room until game time.
In November 2015, Republican U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona released a report stating that “In all, the military services reported $53 million in spending on marketing and advertising contracts with sports teams between 2012 and 2015. More than $10 million of that total was paid to teams in the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS).”
Sometime far in the future, Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem will be heralded as another example of a black athlete using his or her national platform to draw attention to the continued mistreatment of black people in the United States. Undoubtedly, former teammates, coaches, and journalists will step forward to present their memories — seen through lenses covered in vaseline so that the edges are softened and the ugly stuff excised — in which they will extol Kaepernick for his courage and for his willingness to do the right thing even though he had to know that his act would be deliberately misinterpreted by those whose kneejerk reaction to any critique of the United States is to invoke the bodies of American war dead.
It’s especially ironic that the military is used to somehow prove that Kaepernick is wrong for speaking up when African Americans serve their country in the military at a higher rate — 17.8% — than its proportion of the U.S. population — 13.3% — than do white people, whose proportion of the population is 77.1% but who are only represented in the military at a rate of 74.6%.
Kobe Bryant unveiled his post-retirement game plan today with a new self-funded venture capital firm. Jeff Stibel — formerly of Web.com — co-manages Bryant Stibel with the ex-baller. It marks the duo’s first official investment teaming.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the $100 million fund will invest in the tech, media and data areas.
Since 2013, Bryant and Stibel have informally funded 15 companies.
Now with Bryant Stibel, the group is currently invested in 13 companies, such as The Players Tribune and LegalZoom. The Los Angeles, California-based firm is not looking for outside investments.
The unpredictable presidential race of 2016 returns Tuesday with the Wisconsin primary. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hoping for a big win in the state, where 86 delegates are at stake, even as front-runner Hillary Clinton maintains a sizable delegate lead. On the Republican side, polls show front-runner Donald Trump trailing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s endorsement. Trump has been calling for rival John Kasich, whose only primary win was in his home state of Ohio, to leave the race.
More spring snow on the way
Say it ain’t so: Winter is just refusing to let go. Wintry precipitation is expected for portions of the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes on Tuesday, the weather service said. Over the past couple days, heavy snow pasted parts of the Great Lakes and Northeast, and whiteout conditions in New York state caused dozens of accidents. Looking past Tuesday’s snow, no real signs of consistent spring warmth are forecast for the north-central and northeastern U.S. in the first half of April, according to AccuWeather.
This happened last weekend and while I heard about it, I had not heard that horrible president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association open his fat mouth and talk about this issue. He showed no respect or remorse for the loss of Tamir Rice’s life in TWO seconds…two f’ing seconds by some cop not even fit to be a cop. Andrew Hawkins you are a great American….Jeff Follmer YOU ARE NOT!
The president of the police union in Cleveland, Ohio, said over the weekend the “Justice for Tamir Rice” shirt worn by football player Andrew Hawkins was “pathetic.”
Hawkins, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, dressed in a shirt that read, “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III” on the front, and “The Real Battle for Ohio” on the back, during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday. Twelve-year-old Rice was shot by police outside of a recreation center in Cleveland on Nov. 22 for holding what was later determined to be a toy “airsoft” gun. Crawford, 22, was fatally shot by police for carrying a toy gun inside an Ohio Wal-Mart in August.
Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, reportedly said that Hawkins’ shirt was disrespectful, and demanded an apology from the football team.
“It’s pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology,” Follmer wrote to a local ABC News affiliate. The police union didn’t immediately respond to msnbc’s request for comment.