One again we have protests and violence over the death of 2 black men shot by police in separate incidents. But although the media is once again pushing the racial angle, it really has nothing to do with either shooting.
Violence in Charlotte, NC.
Charlotte, North Carolina is in a state of chaos following protests on Tuesday and Wednesday that began peacefully, but as is usually the case with these Black Lives Matter protests, turned violent. A police officer was injured and a CNN field reporter was attacked and tackled while doing a live on-air report Wednesday evening.
A man was shot and killed as police in riot gear protected an upscale hotel in downtown Charlotte. The man was not shot by police but by another protestor in the crowd. After the shooting, protesters began throwing bottles, dirt clods and fireworks at the officers. The police fired flash grenades and then tear gas back, dispersing the crowd of several hundred.
The official Charlotte Hornets team store was looted during part of the protests. Groups of protesters continued to march around the downtown area, followed by police in riot gear, who continued to fire tear gas at them.
Members of this “prayer vigil” blocked an interstate, threw objects at passing cars, jumped on vehicles, looted businesses, vandalized a Hyatt hotel and attacked its employees. Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency and initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.
Keith Lamont Scott’s daughter, Lyric Scott, streamed live video on Facebook from the scene of the shooting for about an hour Tuesday afternoon, the media jumped on the clip of her screaming that, “The police just shot my daddy four times for being black,” she says. “They Tased him first and then shot him.”
This of course stirred up racial tensions which were already high because of the media’s deceptive description of the shooting of Terence Crutcher who was shot and killed by police on Sept. 16. The media showed pictures of Terence Crutcher with his hands up along with the narrative that another black man was shot with his hands up.
Nation of Islam called for a boycott of white businesses in Charlotte, the statement by B.J. Murphy, called for an African-American economic boycott of Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina.
“Don’t spend no money with no white folks that don’t respect us,” he said at a press conference with black leaders Wednesday.
According to Murphy, rioting is a natural result of justice not being served, and there will be more of it as long as that’s the case. He did not condemn or discourage the protests that broke out overnight in response to Scott’s death.
“We’re not telling our brothers and sisters to stop. We’re not going to get out there and tell all y’all, ‘Oh, brother, you shouldn’t do that, you shouldn’t do this,’ when we ain’t getting no justice,” he continued. “Everyone in Charlotte should be on notice that today we’re tired of this bull. We’re tired of being killed and nobody saying nothing.”
The Death of Keith Lamont Scott
The Charlotte Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit was searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex. This is the location that Keith Lamont Scott also lives at, he was not the subject of the warrant.
“Officers observed a subject inside a vehicle in the apartment complex,” police said in the press release. “The subject exited the vehicle armed with a firearm. Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject.”
“The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said.
Officer Brentley Vinson fired the fatal shot that killed Mr. Scott. Vinson was in plain clothes but did have a tactical vest on that said CMPD on the front and POLICE on the back, he was not wearing a body camera. Other uniformed officers were with Officer Vinson at the time of the shooting and several did have body cameras on them which captured the incident.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a Wednesday morning press conference that Keith Lamont Scott refused orders to drop the gun he was holding. He said detectives found the gun “in close proximity” to Scott.
“The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands that were also heard by many of the witnesses,” Putney said. “They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon. Despite the verbal commands, Mr. Scott exited the vehicle as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it. He stepped out, posing a threat to the officers, and Officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon, striking the subject.”
So, Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, was armed and refused orders to drop the gun, despite his family saying he had a book, a handgun, not a book was photographed next to his body. Officer Vinson is also black, and the Chief of Police is black as well, so how is this a racial incident?
It is only a racial incident because the media has pushed it as such.
If you just listened to mainstream media, you would be pretty upset with what transpired in Tulsa, an unarmed black man on his way to school broke down in the road and then was shot by police while his hands were in the air. Terence Crutcher was that man on the way to school, but the media has been less than truthful about the entire incident.
Tulsa Community College President Leigh B. Goodson released a statement: “It is important to me that I share what Terence Crutcher represented to our college community. He was a student who had openly expressed to our advisement staff and to others his desire to be successful in college. Like so many of the thousands of students at TCC, he brought to TCC his talents, hopes and dreams of creating a successful life by dedicating himself to completing a degree.”
Sounds like a fine upstanding student, right?
What they fail to mention is that he was supposed to begin class the day of his death. The school said officials canceled the course due to low enrollment and tried to contact all students ahead of time. Yet, Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, said her brother had just begun studying music appreciation at the college and had just left class when his car broke down. Crutcher’s car had been in the shop recently and “was having some problems,” she said.
If you go by his family and the media, Crutcher was an honest family man who could never hurt anyone and was simply killed because he was a large black man. The truth, of course, makes Crutcher look a little less than father of the year.
His arrests and convictions are quite numerous:
1996 Shooting with intent to kill — Dismissed
2001 Petit larceny — Conviction
2004 Driving while suspended — Conviction
2005 Driving while suspended, resisting officer — Conviction
2006 Driving while suspended — Conviction
Driving with open container — Dismissed
2006 Trafficking in illegal drugs — Conviction. (He was also charged in that incident with assault on a police officer and resisting, but that was dismissed.)
2011 Public intoxication (while in prison for drug trafficking) — Conviction
2012 Public intoxication — Conviction
Obstructing an officer — Conviction
2013 DUI — Conviction
Resisting officer — Conviction
Open Container — Conviction
Failure to wear seatbelt — Conviction
Speeding — Conviction
Records also show he had 5 open warrants for his arrest at the time of his death. These warrants issued on Aug. 30 included things like DUI, resisting, drug trafficking and public intoxication.
Court records show officers used force against Crutcher on at least four separate occasions, including the 2012 arrest on public intoxication and obstruction complaints. In that case, an officer had to use a stun gun on Crutcher twice while he was face down on the ground because Crutcher would not comply with at least three orders to show his hands.
“Nobody claimed that he was a perfect individual. Who is perfect? But that night he was not a criminal,” said Crutcher family attorney Melvin Hall regarding Crutcher’s criminal record. “He did not have any warrants. He had not done anything wrong. He had a malfunctioning vehicle, and he should have been treated accordingly.” The attorney made no mention of Crutcher’s ongoing issues with using PCP.
The Death of Terence Crutcher
Two 911 calls described an SUV abandoned in the middle of the road. One caller said the vehicle’s driver was acting strangely, adding, “I think he’s smoking something.” One caller said that the man claimed the vehicle was going to blow up. It should be noted that the SUV was not on the side of the road as some of the media has stated, but was actually parked mostly in the lane of oncoming traffic.
Officer Betty Shelby was responding to a domestic violence call with her partner when she saw Crutcher standing in the middle of the road, looking down at the ground, she would have stopped and checked up on him had she not been on the other call.
She then saw the SUV parked in the middle of the street, blocking traffic in both directions. The engine was running when she got there, which she found odd because she assumed it was either disabled or broken down.
When Shelby approached the car, the doors were closed, and the windows were open. She looked into the passenger’s side to make sure no one was in the vehicle, and as she was getting ready to move to the driver’s side, she turned around and saw Crutcher walking toward her.
Shelby then said to Crutcher, “Hey, is this your car?” He didn’t respond, simply dropping his head while continuing to look at Shelby, “kind of under his brow”. Crutcher then began to put his hand into his left pocket, Shelby told Crutcher, “Hey, please keep your hands out of your pocket while you’re talking to me. Let’s deal with his car.”
Once again, Crutcher did not respond, so Shelby ordered him again to get his hand out of his pocket. He then pulled his hand away and put his hands up in the air, even though he was not instructed to do so, which Officer Shelby found strange.
Shelby tried to get Crutcher to talk to her, but he simply mumbled something unintelligible and stared at her. He then turned and walked to the edge of the roadway and turned to look at her, his hands still in the air. He put his hands down and started to reach into his pocket again, and she ordered him again to get his hands out of his pocket.
At this point, Shelby, a drug recognition expert, believed Crutcher was “on something”, possibly PCP.
Officer Shelby then radioed in that she had a subject “who is not following commands.”
Shelby then pulled out her gun and had Crutcher at gunpoint as she commanded him to get on his knees. She pulled out a gun instead of a Taser because she thought he had a weapon, and she was planning to arrest him for being intoxicated in public and possibly obstructing the investigation.
Shelby ordered Crutcher to stop multiple times as Crutcher walked toward the SUV with his hands up.
As the video from the helicopter begins, Crutcher was “angling” toward his car while Shelby repeatedly commanded him to stop. His hands were still in the air. “As a police officer, you have to wonder, why would someone ignore commands at gunpoint to get to a certain location?” Scott Wood, Officer Shelby’s attorney said.
Crutcher’s arms came down, and he turned to face the car, and he reached into the driver’s side window with his left hand. That’s when Shelby fired one shot and a fellow officer, Tyler Turnbough, deployed a Taser. Shelby believed that when Crutcher attempted to reach into the car, he was retrieving a weapon.
In her interview with homicide detectives, Officer Shelby said, “I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then.”
Although the media has put out the narrative that Crutcher was complying with Officer Shelby’s orders, no police officer would instruct a suspect to move towards their vehicle, especially not one who they thought may be armed and is not following commands.
A vial of PCP was found in the SUV; toxicology reports will take some time before determining if Crutcher had the drug in his system.
A man with a gun in Charlotte, N.C. and a man not responding to commands in Tulsa, Oklahoma, why is race being mentioned in either of these shootings?
Because the media needs to keep the racial divide growing for the election to favor the Democrats, they need those black votes now more than ever.
It is certainly nothing new to have politicians lie about things, just about everything actually, but Democrats have added a new tool to their arsenal, making the truth look absurd.
A Change in Tone
It used to be, if a campaign was caught doing something illegal, immoral or just plain shady, they would lie about their involvement, deny any knowledge of the issue or just ignore it until the news cycle forgot about it.
That is no longer the plan for the Democrats, instead they have taken to broadcasting it loud and clear while at the same time branding it as a conspiracy theory. This way, there is no danger of too many people supporting the idea, because who wants to be lumped in with the tin foil hat wearing lunatics, it is actually a brilliant strategy.
Rather than fight the allegations being held against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Convention, they simply say it is nothing more than fantasy from those crazy crackpots that think the moon landing was faked. This of course, along with the media collusion that was proven in the DNCLeaks, instantly kills the traction of any story that makes Hillary look bad.
While many expected this election to be extra dirty, this new tactic is actually keeping it looking clean, even if the tactics used are actually twice as dirty. Not that Hillary isn’t still spending millions on negative attack ads against Donald Trump, because she is, but by not defending as many of the hits against her and simply saying that it is the crazy people, her campaign is getting away with not having to debate these facts in the media.
How Long Can They Keep It Up?
While it has been working well so far, especially with Hillary Clinton’s health issues where her camp may have even been the ones to release the “body double” photos so they could instantly kill that story by once again saying it was the “deplorables”, those nutjobs that follow Trump, making up more crazy stories, the tactics time may be running out.
Hillary can only go to that well so many times during the debates, if her every response is “you people are crazy”, she will be the one that looks to be unstable, not Trump or his supporters. If she ever actually has a press conference that allows real journalists to ask her pointed questions rather than pre-approved ones, that tactic will fail there as well.
Hillary and the DNC have convinced more people that the Russians are trying to corrupt the American political process by hacking the DNC’s emails, than are actually looking at the corruption those emails uncovered. The FBI is now investigating Russian hackers and not the DNC even though the hacked emails proved the corruption and collusion exists.
“The DNC is the victim of a crime, an illegal cyber-attack by Russian state-sponsored agents who seek to harm the Democratic Party and progressive groups in an effort to influence the presidential election,” Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile said in a statement.
“There’s one person who stands to benefit from these criminal acts, and that’s Donald Trump,” she added. “Not only has Trump embraced Putin, he publicly encouraged further Russian espionage to help his campaign.”
This was put out by the DNC to attempt to discredit the information exposed by Guccifer 2.0, even suggesting that some of the documents may have been forged. Guccifer 2.0 has publicly stated that he/she has no connection to the Russians.
It isn’t surprising that the DNC would try and create fear surrounding cyber security and hurl blame at Donald Trump and the Russian government, but is that enough to distract from the content of these emails. There is a letter that directly addressed how to handle donors who submitted “pay-to-play letters” to ensure their donations were put into the “operating amount.”
Also in the latest leak was a list of over 100,000 donations dating all the way back to 2008, including some high-profile donors who received international ambassadorships from President Barack Obama in return for their pledges to both the DNC and Obama’s Organizing for Action nonprofit.
Matthew Barzun donated more than $3.5 million to Obama and the DNC. In return, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009 to 2011, worked as President Obama’s National Finance Chair during his 2012 reelection campaign, and is currently U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Julius Genachowski, was appointed the chair of the FCC for his generous donation of just under $3.5 million. Tony West paid a little over a million dollars to be appointed the Associate Attorney General on March 9, 2012, the very same day his money is recorded in DNC’s ledger. William Eacho received the Ambassadorship to Austria for raising a mere $950k for Obama, that’s a steal.
Basically, President Obama and the DNC sold government positions off to the highest bidder while Hillary watched as Secretary of State. Based on what we know of The Clinton Foundation, there is no reason to expect any difference in operating procedure should Hillary be elected.
Of course, CNN reported that “There appear to be no damaging emails in this batch.” At least when you buy CNN, they stay bought!
Just One Tactic Out of Many
Reframing the truth as the absurd is just one tactic out of the many employed by the liberal left, the others are still used daily as well. Another of the widely used tactics is to deflect their wrong doings with true or false wrong doings of the Bush or Regan Administrations. Being able to say, see, they did it too seems to be vindication for their crimes, even if it is all based on lies.
Just a few days ago, Nina Burleigh from Newsweek penned an article titled “THE GEORGE W. BUSH WHITE HOUSE ‘LOST’ 22 MILLION EMAILS”; you have to go through most of this damning article that makes the number of “lost” Clinton emails seem insignificant, before you find out that the emails were found and had simply been mislabeled.
A bit different than deleting emails, wiping the hard drive with Bleach Bit and then taking a hammer to all your Blackberry’s so that not even the FBI could retrieve info from them. But the truth is buried so far down in the article, that most will never see it, or will be so pissed off at everyone except Hillary that it won’t matter.
Ignoring facts is another popular tactic with the Hillary campaign, she continued to claim she never sent and classified emails even after the FBI had confirmed that she did. She simply ignores what the FBI publicly stated and still claims she never sent them.
Another great tactic all politicians use is good old fashioned lying, but Hillary has taken it to a new level by telling different lies to different groups and she manages to not have anyone call her out on it. She told the American public that she did not send classified emails while at the same time telling the FBI that she didn’t know that “C” meant classified.
She told us that her previous concussion is not a matter to discuss as it does not and has not impacted her work, but told the FBI that she could only work at the State Department for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received as an excuse for not properly handling classified information.
Her campaign told us that her “fainting” at the 9/11 ceremony was from pneumonia, but she hugged and kissed people at the location and went to her daughter’s apartment to rest and spend time with her granddaughter. Who would expose all those people and their granddaughter to pneumonia?
The lies upon lies pile up so high that even the truth is now absurd!
Her health has been a question for some time now, but everything so far has been speculation for the most part, but she has had issues in the past few years that we do know about. These may add weight to the talk of serious issues which are being hidden from the public.
A Bump On the Head
In 2012, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she fainted while at home and hit her head on the toilet, causing a concussion. The state department said in a press release that the cause of her fainting was a stomach virus.
Hillary wore glasses for a period of time to help her with a double vision issue as a result of the concussion. During a follow up appointment a month later, doctors discovered Hillary had a blood clot. She was treated with blood thinners, according to her doctors, and remained at the hospital for several days.
More than a year later, Hillary told Diane Sawyer that there were no lingering effects from her concussion and clot, but she did admit the medical incident was serious. “It was, I think, a serious concussion. Because of the force of the fall, I had double vision for a short period of time and I had some dizziness.”, she said.
Hillary’s doctor Dr. Lisa Bardack released a statement in 2015, saying that the presidential candidate was “healthy.” The Doctor said Hillary was “a healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies. She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
She has used this incident to excuse herself from illegal email actions by saying she has had memory lapses in the past caused by her concussion, but that she is conveniently ok now and fit to be president.
Turn Your Head and Cough
While it is doubtful that Hillary is being checked for a hernia, she certainly has had several coughing fits while on the campaign trail. She suffered an almost two-minute-long coughing fit during a Labor Day rally in Cleveland, Ohio.
She tried to laugh it off by saying it was an allergic reaction to her opponent Donald Trump. “Every time I think of Trump, I get allergic,” she said. Hillary also had a similar coughing fit on her plane that day and several times in past months, often prompting her to sip water and take a throat lozenge.
But the cough has persisted and looks to be far more serious than a simple cold, a chronic couch can be a sign of chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip and other conditions or sicknesses inflaming or otherwise affecting the airways.
More serious causes of chronic cough include lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and chronic lung infections, such as tuberculosis. A tumor is also a possibility, but Beta blockers and blood pressure drugs can often cause coughing as a side effect. Hillary could still be on blood thinners if she is still having issues from her previous blood clot.
Her campaign has said that she simply suffered seasonal allergies.
Do Healthy People Hide Their Medical Records?
Hillary Clinton has refused to release her medical records to the public. Last week, True Pundit offered a $1 million reward to anyone that can release her actual full medical history.
Hillary is now rumored to be suffering from a plethora of medical ailments, including: dementia, post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, a brain tumor, brain injury, complex partial seizures, and others.
Health issues should generally be considered private, but the American people deserve to know if a potential president is suffering from a serious disease. Several of the ailments that Hillary is suspected of having do not have a cure, and if Hillary Clinton has something serious that could impact her performance as president, she should drop out of the race before possibly being elected.
Neither campaign has released their candidate’s full medical records. But on September 5, Trump told ABC News’ David Muir that he thought both he and Clinton should release them. When asked why he doesn’t release his full records first, he told Muir he will release his medical records. “I might do that. I might do that,” Trump said. “In fact, now that you ask, I think I will do that.”
The Mystery Man and the Syringe
A mysterious man was photographed at many campaign rallies standing next to Hillary Clinton. He wasn’t part of the Secret Service, but he dressed like it. He was first noticed on August 4th at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada when Hillary looked like she froze on stage. It was if she was suddenly lost and confused when she was coherent a moment before.
A group of men rushed to help her, as one would expect, most appeared to be Secret Service. This mystery man was in the group, and told Hillary, “You’re OK… Keep talking” while holding her hand and rubbing her back. We know he wasn’t Secret Service, because no agent would never touch a candidate that way. Security experts have confirmed this.
And Hillary has a long history of treating Secret Service agents as less than human, so no agent would dare do such a thing unless they really wanted to be stationed in Alaska.
So who was this mystery man? He was also photographed with something in his hand that appeared to be an auto-ejector pen for Diazepam, which is used to treat people for seizures. Once this question was asked on social media, the man suddenly disappeared and was no longer seen with Hillary on the campaign trail.
September 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton left a 9/11 commemoration ceremony early on Sunday after an hour and a half, when she started to feel “overheated,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill in a statement. She took some time to recover, about an hour and 45 minutes, at her daughter’s apartment. When she re-emerged around noon she smiled and waved to passersby, and told reporters she was feeling “great.”
But video of her leaving the ceremony appears to show her starting to convulse before collapsing and being dragged/lifted into her van to be taken away.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow-up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely,” said Hillary Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, in a written statement Sunday evening.
This after-the-fact announcement doesn’t actually fit with what we see in this video however, she starts with the repetitive head-nodding that we have seen in other instances, then completely collapses as she is helped into the van. She did not trip; her legs gave out before she left the sidewalk as she was propped up by her detail and the rest quickly blocked her from view.
I have had severe overheating and dehydration before in 120-degree heat and there is no repetitive head-nodding, twitching or anything like that, you simply collapse. It should also be noted that the temperature with wind chill would have felt like 77 degrees at the time. This is not a climate that most people would get overheated in.
We know from WikiLeaks that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton instructed her executive staff in the State Dept. to help conduct research on Provigil, a controlled drug often prescribed for patients suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Provigil is often used to help such patients stay awake and curb extended bouts of sleep. The drug is also used to treat narcolepsy. Is this related to her medical issues?
Some people have even suggested that Hillary has employed a body double and that is who was seen leaving her daughter’s apartment while Hillary is undergoing more serious care for her failing health.
We now have to ask, aside from any political differences, is she actually medically able to assume the job of President of the United States of America?
Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the national anthem during a pre-season game, rather than stand like most players do, and a few people noticed. But, his comments when asked why, is what caused the real commotion.
He said, “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.”
Why He Is Wrong
Where do we even start on this? Ok, how about his reason for protest makes absolutely no sense at all? The United States of America has no laws that allow the oppression of black people or people of color. Of course this doesn’t mean that some individuals may not act in this manner, but clearly it is not allowed, supported or condoned by the Federal Government in any way.
We have a black president and both the current and former Attorney Generals have been black, this hardly seems like a country that oppresses black people. He gets paid an average of 19 million dollars a year to play football and he’s probably not even going to be the starting quarterback, that doesn’t seem very oppressed to me.
In every case where a black man was shot by police, there have been investigations (often by the Justice Department) and so far, there haven’t been many charges filed for improper actions against police officers. This means that either the shootings were justifiable or that the black Attorney Generals who report to the black president are all in on the secret black oppression / death squads roaming America.
The statistics also don’t show that there is any racism against blacks by police, as more white people are shot and killed by police even though white people have less contact (stops, arrests, questionings) with police.
Some people try to use overall population as proof that black people are killed more percentage wise, but that criteria simply doesn’t work. You wouldn’t use people in South America as a gauge for people killed by polar bears because the two simply do not meet routinely. Right or wrong, black people have more contact with police.
“There is police brutality,” Kaepernick said last Sunday. “People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it, and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable, make those standards higher.”
Since there is no national police force (and let’s hope there never is), showing disrespect to the flag really misses the mark here as the police seem to be his real target and they are city, county or state run, not federal. I think someone was too busy on the football field and didn’t pay attention to how government works in civics class.
With the exception of county sheriffs, I’m not aware of any local law enforcement heads or officers that are elected, and none that are appointed by the federal government. Once again, Colin Kaepernick is simply wrong on the facts.
On Thursday, Kaepernick further inflamed the issue by wearing socks with pictures of pigs dressed like police officers. “I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust,” Kaepernick wrote on Instagram.
And let us not forget that Colin Kaepernick was once fined $11,000 by the NFL for using racial slurs against Black Athletes. Yet now he says he cares deeply about the same race he once slandered? Is there more to his actions than just taking a stand against what he calls the oppression of black people?
What Others Think About the Protest
The San Francisco 49ers
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
“I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree,” Brees said. “Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there’s plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.”
Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher brought up the national anthem in a team meeting, stating that it was a requirement for his players to stand and pay respect to the country while The Star-Spangled Banner is sung before games. Fisher even gave a video presentation on how his team should align during the national anthem. This was captured on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
“It’s a respect thing. It’s a self-respect thing. It’s respect for your teammates. It’s respect for this game. It’s respect for this country,” Fisher said in episode two of the HBO series.
Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
“He needs to go back to the history books and realize what that flag represents and what a lot of people have sacrificed for it. Has nothing to do with his comments, that’s for sure. It’s pretty disgusting.”
What Does the Future Hold for Colin Kaepernick?
If Colin Kaepernick is cut by the San Francisco 49ers, he might have a very difficult time finding another job in the NFL, even as a backup quarterback. According to Bleacher Report, Kaepernick is unanimously hated for his protest of the national anthem, according to seven anonymous league executives, including one who labeled Kaepernick “a traitor.”
These seven executives declared they would never sign Kaepernick, and estimated that “90 to 95 percent of the NFL front offices felt the same way.” One of whom said, “He has no respect for our country. F— that guy.”
Blackballing Kaepernick seems like overkill for the same NFL that brought back Pacman Jones multiple times, disregarded domestic abuse charges against several of its players, gave Donte Stallworth three contracts after he was convicted of DUI manslaughter, embraced Michael Vick’s return from prison for killing dogs and handed Ray Lewis a Super Bowl MVP trophy while he was still under investigation in a murder case.
The news from Bleacher Report sure isn’t good news for someone that could be out of a job as soon as this Saturday. Kaepernick will still make $11.9 million guaranteed this season though, a payday he earned when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013 and looked to be their next superstar. But then his NFL passing rating fell to a career-low 78.5, as he went 2-6 as a starter last season.
In July 2015, Kaepernick began dating Hot 97 DJ and MTV host Nessa Diab. Within just a few months, his social media posts began to reflect the Black Lives Matter and Muslim activism that Diab shows on her social media pages. Many feel that Diab has become a negative influence on Kaepernick.
Most of Kaepernick’s older Instagram posts were simply pics of him in football gear or shots of friends, but 31 of his last 42 posts have strong social justice connotations, often featuring quotes from radical Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X, Black Panthers founder Huey Newton and cop killer Assata Shakur.
During a Sunday news conference about why he did not stand during the anthem, Kaepernick dressed in a black hat with a large, white “X” and a T-shirt that featured photos of when Fidel Castro met with Malcolm X in Harlem in 1960.
There is also the thought that Kaepernick could simply be doing this as a setup for an “after football” career as he has known his days in the NFL were numbered based upon his recent play. He could now claim that he was pushed out for his views on racism, rather than his poor performance on the field.
This could be easily milked for book and movie deals as well as keep him going as “the victim” on the talk shows for years.
Why Colin Kaepernick is Right
Regardless of how accurate or inaccurate his views on the oppression of black people in America are, he is still 100% in his rights to protest what he feels is wrong. Many feel that not standing for the National Anthem is a slap in the face of the Americans that have served in the military or lost their lives in defense of freedom here and abroad, but it isn’t illegal.
No one is actually required to stand for the National Anthem, it is done out of respect, out of honor, and those are not things that can be forced upon anyone, they either feel them or they don’t. Some teams like the Los Angeles Rams have a “company policy” about their employee’s actions during the Star Spangled Banner and some like the 49ers do not, so there is no punishment that his team should levy on him.
The NFL as a league has no requirements for player’s actions during the anthem either, but they do have very strict rules about what players wear, so it is doubtful that Kaepernick’s pig-cop socks will ever appear during a regular season game. The league, however, has no reason to take any action against Kaepernick for his refusal to stand during the anthem.
No branch of the military has their enlisted take any type of oath to stand for or protect the flag, their oath is that they “will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, …” For this very reason, many veterans have come out in support of Kaepernick as they fought to ensure he has the freedom to do as he likes during the anthem or any other time.
We have to remember that some people will say or do things that offend us, but we must ensure their right to do so, because without that, we are no longer a free nation.