Sure it was, Colin. Sure it was.
We were told constantly that Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest was all about police brutality and had absolutely nothing to do with the flag or the anthem. We also heard that players were “taking a knee” to protest the “gender pay gap” which is such a pressing issue for NFL players, amirite?
We were told that a retired Green Beret, Nate Boyer, was the one that advised Kaepernick to take the knee “as a sign of respect” for the anthem and the flag.
Every leftist out there was tweeting about it.
Here’s the screenwriter for Mrs. Doubtfire:
Rosa Parks was not protesting the bus. Gandhi was not protesting the food. Players are not protesting the anthem. It's the injustice, stupid
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) September 25, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 25, 2017
Musician John Legend says that the protest was “patriotic”:
I wrote about why the NFL players' protests are patriotic. https://t.co/hYEWhfJUvU
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 24, 2017
Those tweets aren’t aging so well in the wake of Kaepernick telling Nike what’s what and flexing his former-NFL muscle to nix a patriotic shoe with the Betsy Ross flag on it.
Here’s a little history lesson for Mr. Pig Socks and Nike.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the Flag Act resolving that “the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Kaepernick says that those thirteen stars and thirteen stripes that comprised the first official flag of the United States of America is “offensive” because it was in place during a time of slavery.
Does that mean that every single flag from 200 years ago represents slavery? Because last time I checked, America wasn’t alone in holding slaves.
Africans carried to Brazil came overwhelmingly from Angola. Africans carried to North America, including the Caribbean, left from mainly West Africa.
Well over 90 percent of enslaved Africans were imported into the Caribbean and South America. Only about 6 percent of African captives were sent directly to British North America. Yet by 1825, the US had a quarter of blacks in the New World.
Slavery is disgusting and horrific, and there is no way to make any sort of apology for it. Slaves in the United States, though treated horrendously and inhumanely, still didn’t die off as they did in many other slave-holding places in the world.
Also, since slavery is still quite lucrative in some places, I guess Kaepernick isn’t going to travel to Los Angeles or Thailand anytime soon.
If Sen. Kamala Harris(D-CA) wins the Democratic nomination, I guess Kaep can’t vote for her since she is descended from slave owners in Jamaica.
Or is Kaepernick not that principled?
Does Kaepernick know that in 1780, just 3 years after the stars and stripes were chosen as the flag, Pennsylvania passed an act for the gradual abolition of slavery? That’s a full fifty-three years before the British passed an act to abolish slavery. Does that count for anything?
Is he taking this disdain for slavery to other countries? I guess he won’t be visiting Egypt who had slaves for over 3,000 years compared to our 90 years.
Kaepernick had his defenders in the Media(D), veterans, and fellow sports figures, including Tommie Smith who raised a “black power” fist on the podium at the 1968 Olympics.
LeBron James, (who, let’s be honest, is not known for being all that bright,) tried to make Kaepernick’s protest into something patriotic and uniting, “We know this is the greatest country in the world — it’s the land of the free. But we still have problems just like everybody else. And when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way how we come together and be as great as we can be as a people.”
That was all disingenuous.
It was always about the flag. Kaepernick himself said so.
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.
—AUG. 26, 2016 (Emphasis added)
And now, the Media(D) is going to allow the Betsy Ross flag to be vilified and associated with “white supremacy” to give cover for Kaepernick’s protest because… tolerance.
Apparently, some wokescolds on social media have said that the Betsy Ross flag was adopted by some white supremacists once and it should, therefore, be canceled.
I guess I didn’t know that because I didn’t go to school in the era of critical race theory which views everything in the paradigm of the oppressor and the oppressed.
not a great sign that the articles about how the Betsy Ross flag is a white supremacist symbol quote a bunch of experts saying they don't really see it being used that way.
On the other hand though, you have "many on social media"! pic.twitter.com/1OIpAcnEiP
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) July 3, 2019
Ummm… that flag was also a symbol of the Thirteen colonies coming together and creating a union to oppose the tyranny of taxation without representation. Or does that not matter?
I hate the Derrida post-modern deconstructionist view that is seeping into everything.
Maybe Kaepernick could use his platform to make an appeal for the ending of the slave trade in Libya that is happening right now rather than getting all bent out of shape because a shoe has an American flag on it.
So, just to be clear, Mr. Pig Socks has decided that he is going to protest the flag that represents the Land of the Free because he’s opposing slavery 200 years ago.
by Doug Giles
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