What’s Eating Colin Kaepernick?

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Before the first kickoff of the NFL regular season, we have our first NFL-related controversy not involving a dirty rotten cheater named Tom Brady. (Not that I have an opinion on Brady, mind you.) From our good friends on the West Coast, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the playing of the National Anthem before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick explained his actions on Twitter, saying it was because there are so many blacks dying in the streets and that he felt it was part of the American culture, as symbolized by the flag.

While his statements and actions have been inflammatory, the beautiful thing about America is he has a right to say it without the government smacking him down like a linebacker getting a sack on him. As much as it pains me to do it, I have to defend his right to make a stand, no matter how misguided it is.

Of course, that same right gives us the ability to mock him for the benchwarming, Super Bowl losing, underperforming and overpaid, selfish douchenozzle he is.

After the incident, Kaepernick said he was inspired by Black Lives Matter, a network of people who have made it a point to cry “police brutality” in lieu of “wolf” and turn a blind eye to the problems in their own communities. Kaepernick himself is biracial, with a white mother and a black father. His birth mother gave him up for adoption, where he was adopted by a white family and got a lot of benefits from that experience.

But, yeah, he’s totally legit when it comes to The Struggle.

Granted, Kaepernick has been vocal in his support for Black Lives Matter in the past, so this most recent of acts shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I have to question the timing. To put it mildly, last season wasn’t the best for him. Not only did he find himself riding the bench like a stripper in a rich man’s lap, but his prospects of making this year’s team are dwindling faster than the aforementioned rich man’s wallet with said stripper. Imagine the uproar if Kaepernick would be cut, benched, or traded to another team after this incident. Regardless of the facts involved, there would still be people who would think it was because the 49ers organization was racist and would protest in that vein.

Yeah. You might want to ask Michael Sam how that approach worked out for him. That is, if you can catch him between shifts at the Frialator.

Whether it’s a position based on firm conviction or selfishness, Kaepernick made his bed, and now he has to lie in it. Of course, being the kind soul that I am, I’ve devised a way for him to help.

Just give the portion of your contract that derives from white fans and give it to the communities you feel are most racially oppressed. Of course, the FBI states more white are killed by cops than blacks, so logically that would mean whites are more oppressed by cops when it comes to death by police officer.

In other words, you’d be giving your white fans refunds. And instead of blaming it on The Man, you can be The Man and help oppressed people like me avoid getting shot by police. That might mean you have to give up some of your wealth and ability to buy nice things for yourself, but isn’t it worth it knowing you’re helping stamp out oppression?

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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Earlier this week, Twitter permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos due to alleged Terms of Service violations. For those of you who haven’t been following along because you have a life, Milo has run afoul of Twitter before, but somehow this was the last straw.

And what was his crime? To hear Twitter describe it, it was harassing Leslie Jones, a star of the recent “Ghostbusters” reboot. In reviewing the Tweet logs, however, Milo didn’t really break the Terms of Service, but many of his supporters did by posting pictures of apes to Jones. There was also a possibly Photoshopped Tweet of something Jones allegedly posted, but didn’t.

Granted, I’m not on Twitter. (Too many twits on there, you know.) But what I do understand is Twitter is a private company, so the calls that Twitter are denying Milo his First Amendment right of freedom of speech to prevail in this case are not really applicable. Twitter, like any other online service, can make up their own rules and apply them as they see fit. Of course, that begs the question of how they apply their own rules.

Not very well.

The fact ISIS/ISIL and Black Lives Matter both retain their Twitter statuses for doing and saying far worse than Milo has is telling. Maybe if he starts beheading people or calling for the death of police officers Twitter will let him back on…

Seriously, what Twitter has done is egregious, but well within their rights to do. The Twitterverse has already established a couple of hashtags to protest Twitter’s decision, one of the hashtags being #FreeMilo. Twitter, being the social media geniuses they are, shut down the #FreeMilo hashtag. I guess the time they removed Milo’s verified status on Twitter didn’t teach them anything after many of his followers changed their profile pictures to ones of Milo himself.

But the icing on this crap cake comes in the form of Leftist Tweeters applauding Twitter’s decision, citing “hate speech” as their justification. Well, that’s a problem because when you start banning hate speech, it always goes underground until such time as it becomes acceptable again. By leaving it in the open, you can see the true hatred and act accordingly. For example, I tend to avoid Leftists altogether in online forums because inevitably their high-minded rhetoric will turn into the very hate they claim resides only on the Right. Need proof? Talk to Alan Keyes, Herman Caine, and other black Republicans/conservatives about how they’re treated by the “tolerant” Left.

Twitter’s double standards about their standards isn’t a good look for them, and it’s going to hurt them more than they think. That’s, of course, assuming they do think, which given their recent track record with Milo alone is suspect. Personally, I think Milo is better off without Twitter, but Twitter needs people like him to justify their draconian double standard.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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This past week saw racial tensions get higher than a Pink Floyd concert in Denver on April 20th. In the advent of two new shootings of black men at the hands of police, Black Lives Matter and its allies on the Left had a chance to revisit a concept they’ve talked about before. And it gives us a new Leftist term to dissect.

institutional racism

What the Left thinks it means: racism ingrained into existing systems preventing people of color from succeeding

What it really means: a ready-made excuse for failure

From the people who think it’s silly to consider corporations to be people comes an idea where large organizations take on human traits, like hating people. And they’re the smart ones?

When you really think about it, institutional racism doesn’t make a lot of sense. To believe it exists, you have to believe there is a concentrated effort by people in systems of power to keep down people of color…even when those systems are filled with people of color.

On second thought, don’t really think about it, at least not without a bottle of aspirin and several stiff drinks.

The concept of institutional racism stems from recent history (or as recent as the 1960s) when people believed The Man was responsible for the ills of society’s ills. Racial tensions boiling over? The Man was keeping people down. The gap between the rich and the poor growing? The Man was keeping people down. The rise of Leo Sayer? Well, The Man can’t keep everyone down, yanno.

Now, instead of claiming The Man is keeping people down, the Left has done away with The Man and started blaming everything on the institutions. Yet, what exactly are the institutions the Left wants to destroy?

Higher education.
Government.
Free market economics.
Media.
Law enforcement.

What do these institutions have in common? They tend to be dominated by…white men. In order to take the first step towards eliminating institutional racism, the Left wants to eliminate white men. But that can’t possibly be racist, can it? I mean, doesn’t racism require power to be racism? According to the Left, yes. According to people on speaking terms with reality, not so much.

On a side note, wouldn’t denying blacks have the power to be racist be an example of racism?

The real fun is trying to get the people who claim there is institutional racism to come up with a concrete replacement. Usually, they fall back on a concept we’ve discussed here before, social justice. For those of you who didn’t catch it, social justice essentially combines all the fun of socialism with all the intellectual depth of a 3 year old’s Twitter account, with a sprinkling of the sense of humor of a Third Wave feminist.

In other words, it looks great on paper, provided that paper is of the toilet variety.

Of course, the Left says if you don’t see institutional racism, that means you’re a part of it and you’re blind to it. If this sounds familiar, it is. It’s the same idea behind white privilege. If you don’t recognize you have privilege, it’s because you have it and are blind to it. And if you recognize you’re a racist with privilege, you are somehow more enlightened than the rest of us.

Of course, that would mean you’re a racist elitist, and I’m just not sure I want to follow you because, well…you’re a racist elitist.

And the worst part of the idea is the fact it creates an environment where people believe the worst in themselves and others. If you’re already in the mindset that you’re going to fail, you will. It’s called a self-fulfilling prophecy. And instead of working harder and believing yourself, institutional racism is your Get Out of Responsibility for Your Life Card. After all, you can’t succeed because society won’t let you, right?

Wrong.

The minute you accept institutional racism, white privilege, or any other Left-leaning self-loathing claptrap is the minute you give up on yourself and accept the judgment of others who don’t even know you as truth. I say this as a heterosexual white man: I want everyone to realize their dreams, but that come with a price. That price is the sweat of your brow, the blood pumping through your heart as you find the courage to defy your own expectations and limitations, the will to go big or go home and knowing that going home is not an option.

I want everyone to be the best person they can be, and that doesn’t happen when you rely on the easy crutch of low expectations that no one will hold you accountable for. You must live like the barriers you’re told exist are speed bumps on the road to your destiny.

Believe in yourself, not in institutional racism, and you will be far better off.