I recently wrote about San Francisco 49ers second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is engaging in a noble and terribly brave protest. And what is he protesting? With the dim vagueness of the ridiculously overpaid, stereotypically socially conscious athlete, Kaepernick is protesting the genocide of young black men by America’s police. Yesterday he had not a clue or concern about this sort of thing. Today, it’s his reason for being. This is, of course, a social justice narrative. Reality is quite another thing.
Social Justice tells us young black men are being killed in huge quantities by police officers, stacked like cord wood. Reality, as Front Page Magazine and Bill Whittle (watch the video) explain, is:
According to a Washington Post report, in 2015 police officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and 258 blacks, and in the vast majority of these cases – White, Black and Hispanic — the victims were attacking or threatening the police officer with a gun.
Twelve percent of all white and Hispanic homicide victims are killed by police officers, compared to only four percent of all black homicide victims.
Even accounting for population proportions, the police kill few black people, and far more whites and Hispanics.
In 2014 there were a total of 6,095 black homicide deaths – that’s over twenty times the number of blacks killed by police. Virtually all of those black homicide victims had been killed by other blacks. And as far as the lie of blacks being exterminated by whites, the truth is that blacks commit murder at eleven times the rate of whites alone.
Truth, of course, never gets in the way of a good social justice narrative and the political power—and money—it might produce. Kaepernick’s motives may be substantially less pure and altruistic than he and his supporters claim, and he is continuing on the path to social justice acclaim. His brilliant and tightly focused protest this time? He’s wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs.
Kaepernick, since misery—and stupidity—love company, is involving others in his crusade, as Fox News reports:
Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday night, continuing the quarterback’s preseason protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression.
Kaepernick and Reid dropped to one knee while a naval officer sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag at the Chargers’ Qualcomm Stadium.
Kaepernick and Reid received scattered boos when they dropped to a knee amid a crowd of teammates, but the protest was otherwise unremarked by the San Diego crowd. The 49ers’ visit coincided with the annual Salute to the Military preseason game for the Chargers, who have strong fan support in their city’s extensive armed forces community.
Kaepernick got much heavier boos when he took the field to start the game for the 49ers and immediately led them on a 16-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The veteran quarterback is attempting to regain the starting job that he lost last season, and he likely helped his cause with a 103-yard passing performance while playing the entire first half in the 49ers’ 31-21 victory over the Chargers.
There’s nothing in terms of dim-witted behavior quite like thumbing one’s nose at the flag and all it represents in front of an audience of military personnel. Poor Kaepernick and Reid. For playing a children’s game they’ve become multi-milllionaires. True, both are black, but the kind of oppressions they must suffer on a daily basis are virtually beyond imagination.
Ungrateful, self-centered twerps. Oh dear. That was politically incorrect, wasn’t it? I must make a note to quit being so insensitive.
I suspect Kaepernick’s new-found interest in social justice has nothing to do with deep caring for the plight of his half-race. More likely is that his agent and he came to understand he might, due to his less than stellar performance, find himself out of work. But with social justice padding under his belt, if fired, he can cry “racism!” or “First Amendment,” and at the very least, extort a few more million out of the 49ers and/or the NFL, which have not exactly demonstrated courage, consistency or even adult rationality in response to Kaepernick and his ephemeral crusade.
Enough of athletic cockroaches. Let’s see what actual protest in the face of actual oppression is, via an obituary in The Washington Post:
Vera Caslavska, a Czech gymnast who catapulted to global attention not only for her gold medal wins at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, but also for her highly visible protest against Soviet occupation of her country during the awards ceremony, died Aug. 30. She was 74.
In August 1968, two months before the Games began, Soviet-led forces invaded Czechoslovakia on Leonid Brezhnev’s orders to end the movement toward liberalization known as the Prague Spring. Ms. Caslavska — who had collected three gold medals, including the all-around, at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo — had previously joined other Czech dissidents in signing the “Two Thousand Words” calling for progress toward democracy.
Fearing arrest by the Soviets, she went into hiding in the mountains shortly before the Olympics opened in Mexico.
‘I was totally isolated for three weeks, but I continued to train,’ she told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. ‘While the Soviet gymnasts were already in Mexico City, adjusting to the altitude and the climate, I was hanging from trees, practicing my floor exercise in the meadow in front of the cottage and building callouses on my hands by shoveling coal.’
Instead of weights, she lifted potato sacks.
What many people, in part due to our media, don’t know is the communists, worldwide, killed at least 100 million people during the last century. By opposing the Soviets, including Czech collaborators, Caslavska was actually risking her life. Even today, Russians opposing Russian strongman Vladimir Putin often end up dead. During the Cold War, the peoples of lands conquered by the Soviets ended up dead in huge numbers.
We went to Mexico,’ she recalled in an interview cited by Reuters news agency, ‘determined to sweat blood to defeat the invaders’ representatives.’
Ms. Caslavska collected gold medals for her performance on the uneven bars and vault and as the all-around champion. On the balance beam and in the team competition, she won silver, with the Soviets taking gold.
In the floor exercise event, to the audience’s delight, Ms. Caslavska danced to the Mexican Hat Dance. A late scoring change resulted in a tie between her and Petrik. As she had done in the balance beam medal ceremony, Ms. Caslavska bowed her head down and to the right during the playing of the Soviet national anthem.
This, unlike the pathetic, ill-informed antics of Kaepernick, is class and grace under pressure, and there were not millions on the line, only national pride, patriotism, genuine altruism, and ultimately, Caslavska’s life.
The reception was wonderful,’ she told the AP before leaving Mexico, looking back on her experience at the Games. ‘I felt I was lifted off the ground and could perform with ease, defying all gravity.’
Despite the dangers that awaited her in Czechoslovakia, Ms. Caslavska returned home. ‘I had a very strong feeling,’ she told the Los Angeles Times, ‘that I should stay here because I could reinforce the self-esteem of the Czech people.’
For years she was barred from travel and from involvement with gymnastics. She supported herself as a house cleaner before eventually presenting herself before a national athletics official in her gymnastics suit and declaring that she would not leave his office without a job. He relented, although she was hired only as an adviser to other coaches.
It took years, but Caslavska was eventually able to be involved in the public life of her nation and saw it once again become free. She did reinforce the self-esteem of the Czech people. I would have been proud to call her an American. By all means, take the link and read the rest.
Vera Caslavska and Colin Kaepernick: compare and contrast.