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Colin Kaepernick is making his choice: Activism over the NFL

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Actions have consequences…

Translation: No NFL teams wants to deal with the negative impact of Kaepernick’s toxic opinions.

From Yahoo (by columnist Dan Wetzel): In a flurry of tweets and retweets Monday night, Colin Kaepernick used his sizable social media platform (1.1 million-plus followers) to comment and promote issues concerning police violence involving minorities and the prison-industrial complex, notably the use of inmate labor.

This isn’t new. His Twitter feed is a near daily display of activist messages and arguments. Last weekend he retweeted a couple images that compared modern police officers to slave catchers of the past. To some it was a history lesson. To others who see the many honest and fair members of law enforcement that are trying to build a better future, it was an insult.

Maybe you agree with his posts or maybe you don’t. Maybe they cause you to think about the issue for a second. Maybe you’re bored with anything Kaepernick has to say. This column isn’t about changing any opinions. You can take it up with Kaepernick. He doesn’t seem to mind the debate.

What Kaepernick hasn’t been tweeting about, or speaking about, or granting interviews about is that he remains an unsigned free agent as NFL training camps creep closer and available jobs are being filled. Kaepernick, who once started in a Super Bowl but is most famous for taking a knee during the national anthem last year, is unemployed.

No one says he should replace Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or even be slotted in as a starter. He is undoubtedly better, however, than some of these third-stringers with camp invites.

As team after team passes him by, the obvious conclusion is that his high-profile political stances have made him, in the minds of NFL decision-makers, a liability greater than the perceived value he would bring to the team. Make no mistake, if Kaepernick completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 38 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions last season (MVP Matt Ryan numbers), he could tweet whatever he wanted. After all, there are plenty of other players who joined him on one knee during the anthem who will be suiting up next season.

When your perceived-negatives outweigh your perceived-positives though, you’re done. This is pretty much how it works in every profession, let alone one as cutthroat as the NFL. Kaepernick completed just 59.2 percent of his passes while starting for a 2-14 team. He’s a back-up at this point. So here we are.

Yet he doesn’t seem to care … or at least care enough to change his behavior in an effort to ease fears from clearly skittish teams who tend to like quiet, compliant back-ups. The simplest advice for Kaepernick if he wants to play in the NFL next season is to just be quiet. He won’t be quiet. He won’t back down.

Whether you agree with his stances, disagree with his stances or find some reasonable and some not, it’s worth offering at least a nod of respect for a guy willing to risk so much for what he believes in. On this, he is putting his money where his mouth is.

(This is in addition to what his website claims is already $700,000 in donations – out of a pledged $1 million – to “organizations in oppressed communities.” Each donation, most to grassroots organizations, is carefully noted.)

If you look at the website kaepernick7.com, other than the jersey number in the domain name, there is very little acknowledgement that he is even a football player – it’s all about his foundation and its “Know Your Rights” campaign. There are links to pro-Kaepernick sports columns under “media,” but that’s about it.

And he’s yet to come out and complain or even comment about how his NFL job hunt is going.

“He is a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said earlier this offseason. Carroll is wrong; it’s pretty easy to imagine that no team will give Kaepernick a chance to play. NFL coaches dread so-called “distractions” and Kaepernick is clearly considered one of those. For different reasons, so are Tim Tebow or Johnny Manziel, although neither of them ever led a team to the Super Bowl.

In Seattle’s case, Carroll said he didn’t sign Kaepernick because his contract demands were more than Seattle could handle for a back-up position … which is also a major factor here.

To say politics isn’t a factor here for at least some teams, though, is disingenuous. You can blame the teams for this or you can agree with it. That’s reality, and Kaepernick is very well aware of that fact.

When he chose to make a political statement by sitting, and later kneeling for the national anthem, he knew that he was creating a major stir. His handling of the attention wasn’t always smooth – he was willing to speak at length and with great passion about his positions and how it did or didn’t effect the San Francisco locker room, but he also struggled with details at times and famously decided to skip out on voting (even for ballot initiatives) last November. Becoming a national activist isn’t easy.

Whatever, he decided to try and so he tried. He decided this was important to him, so he made it important to him. He decided that he couldn’t be silent about what he believes, so he spoke out, presumably well aware of the potential repercussions, like being out of the league at age 29.

And now, faced with reality, he hasn’t changed his course at all. He’s Colin Kaepernick, take him or leave him. (And it appears the NFL is leaving him.)

DCG

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Tucker Carlson interviews racist “political commentator” about racist Black Lives Matter group

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The woman that Tucker interviewed last night is Lisa Durden. From her Twitter bio she is a: “Show Host, Pop-Culture Commentator, Content Creator, film Curator, Fox Contributor.” (And her Twitter profile pic includes Oprah, she must be serious!)

Tucker had Lisa on his show to discuss a Black Lives Matter group in New York City inviting only black people to their Memorial Day celebration. It was an “exclusively black space.”

Lisa didn’t feel like providing any rational answers to Tucker’s questions. Us white folks are racists after all and we just wouldn’t understand.

Ms. Durden must be a blast at holiday parties. If you don’t believe me, just check out her Twitter account (at the link above in her bio.) Lisa is a hoot: boo, hoo, hoo!

FYI: In case the video doesn’t work tomorrow AM (because several I have inserted into this post have already been removed from YouTube), go to YouTube and search for “Tucker Carlson and Lisa Durden” and you should be able to view a video that works.

DCG

‘Dear White People’ Director And Star Break Down Why Black People Can’t Be Racist

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Logan Browning and Justin Simien: Black racists who are never racists.

Of course there is no double standard in the eyes of these folks. That irony is as rich as their lack of self-awareness.

From HuffPo: Netflix’s “Dear White People” has been described as a strong modern-day take on race that is both clever and dynamic in its approach.  

The show, directed by Justin Simien, was adapted from his 2014 film of the same name, and is set on the fictional and predominantly white campus of Winchester University. Simien crafted a season filled with diverse portrayals of the black experience ― told through the lens of several students on campus ― that speak to the varied ways people of color are impacted by race.

The show touches themes like interracial relationships, police brutality, the complexities of the n-word and what it can be like to speak out against racism in the face of opposition ― something that feels especially timely. Simien and the show’s star, Logan Browning, stopped by HuffPost Black Voices to discuss myths that often come up in conversations about race and racism.

In the video above (video is at the HuffPo link), watch as Simien and Browning explain why double standards around racism simply don’t exist, like: Why a show titled “Dear Black People” would be offensive, why the n-word is off-limits to white but not black people; Why minority-focused spaces like HuffPost Black Voices exist but HuffPost White Voices does not; and why there’s simply no such thing as reverse racism.

Interesting comments Justin made in an interview via the Daily Beast (from April 2017):

“I’m sure people will feel gratified that they have seen themselves [represented]. I’m sure people will take issue with some of the choices that the characters make, but that’s all, in my opinion, part of doing my job as an artist.

But in a weird way, I feel like subconsciously we made the show for the Trump era. Watching it back now there are certain moments that are so chillingly accurate that I don’t know what part of our brains that came out of. So yeah, we assumed Hillary would be president, but, we also, you know — I think Dave Chappelle said something similar. I know white people so I don’t know that I was ever completely sure that she was going to win. I was just as shocked and crestfallen as most of the rest of us.”

During the Q&A at SXSW, you said you wanted the show to be a “clap back” against Trump’s election. What did you mean by that?

“What I meant was, once I had sort of processed my grief over the result of the election — and I’m sure someone will read this and not agree with me politically or whatever — but I was really going through the stages of grief, like a lot of people. But what made me feel better was, as we were editing the show, I was just like, boy, it felt so good to have something artistically at the ready to respond to the times that we’re in. I didn’t have to go back and write something; we already made it. It was already on deck. I found some comfort in that. And when I say response or “clap back,” Dear White People is not about all the evil things that white people do, it’s just that I think that the show attempts to analyze the hidden forces behind these conflicts. If this had happened and I didn’t have something ready to put out artistically, I would have felt even more empty about what happened. So I was just happy that we decided to speak about political things and racial issues that clearly played a factor in the result.

In his mind, as an “artist” his political opinion has more weight. And, of course, he can never be a racist.

DCG

Baltimore mayor: Murder rate out of control

File this under “Behaviors have consequences”.

In April 2015, encouraged by their black mayor, Baltimore — a majority-black city of roughly 623,000 — erupted into race riots over the death-in-police-custody of Freddie Gray.

The riots plunged Baltimore, the largest city in the State of Maryland, into a state of emergency, wracked by rioting, burning, and looting. 15 buildings were burnt down and many others damaged and looted; 144 cars burnt; pharmacies were looted for drugs; at least 15 police officers were injured; some 200 people were arrested; schools were closed. Business owners, including black owners, fled for their lives, and looters just took what they wanted. One shop-owner said he called police 50 times, but no one came. (Daily Mail)

What began as protests quickly conflagrated into violent riots, in part because the protesters understood Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s comment, “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” as a permission to riot. (See “A movie becomes real: Baltimore race riots understood mayor’s words as permission to Purge“)

The riots’ aftermath was a state of anarchy in Baltimore — in which homicides spiked, police presence was scarce, and residents lived in fear, especially in black neighborhoods. For that matter, the crime spike was not just in Baltimore and Ferguson, but nationwide.

In November 2015, 7 months after the riots, the city admitted a 78% increase in homicides over the same period in 2014, which is more than 100 additional deaths. The surge in killings can be pinpointed to have begun after the riots.

Criminologists and city officials disagree as to the causes for the murder spike:

  • Some say police have deliberately pulled back from poor, black neighbourhoods, a theory that the police disputes.
  • Others blame an influx of drugs from pharmacies looted during the April riots.
  • A third theory is that a decline in trust between the police and the policed has had deadly consequences: fewer residents talk to the police, which leads to fewer murders being solved, which—by lowering the odds of being caught—results in more murders.

Whatever the reason, the killing is continuing.

WJZ CBS Baltimore reports, April 28, 2017, that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh declared the city’s murder rate is out of control. Violence in Baltimore has reached a crisis level of 100 murders before the end of April — the first time that’s happened in 20 years since 1998.

Mayor Pugh is asking for help from the FBI: “Murder is out of control. I’m calling on all the assistance we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today, what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer.”

Pugh met with the special agent in charge of the Baltimore division of the FBI, but wouldn’t provide specifics. She says they’ll come out next week, and the FBI isn’t talking.

WJZ spoke to public safety expert Rob Weinhold, who isn’t sure the FBI alone will be effective: “I don’t think relying on federal resources is a new strategy at all, in fact, I think the devil is in the detail. You can talk about the FBI and that’s fine, but I’d actually like to see more emphasis on drug enforcement administration, ATF, and the Marshall service to get these folks who are wanted on warrants off the street.”

President Trump has advocated sending in feds to stem violence in Chicago and other cities.

The FBI has 56 field offices nationwide and provides assistance in gang and drug cases. The Bureau had helped during the 2015 riots in Baltimore, by using a video-equipped surveillance plane to monitor lawbreakers — which alarmed privacy advocates.

In May 2015, Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. 6 Baltimore cops, including 3 blacks, were taken into custody. Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the police officer with the most serious charge — that of depraved heart murder — is black.

Separate trails against the six police officers began in December 2015 through July 2016. The trial against Officer William Porter ended in mistrial. Officers Goodson, Nero, and Rice were found not guilty; the remaining charges against the officers were dropped on July 27, 2016. (Wikipedia)

Like another homicidal city, Chicago, Baltimore too has very strict gun laws. In 2013, the Maryland State Assembly passed one of the strictest gun laws in America — the Firearm Safety Act. (NewsMax)

Baltimore has the distinction of being ranked 19th among the world’s 50 most dangerous cities in 2016. (See “U.S. has 4 of world’s 50 most dangerous cities”)

So much for gun control . . . .

~Eowyn

AP translates Fresno shooter’s ‘Allahu Akbar’ to ‘God is great’

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Change the language all you want, AP. Doesn’t change the facts.

From Fox News: The Fresno shooting suspect accused of killing three people on Tuesday shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he was taken into custody by law enforcement, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer – but the Associated Press made an editorial decision to print the translation of his words from Arabic to English: “God is great.”

The Associated Press tweeted on Tuesday afternoon with their translation, despite almost all other news outlets reporting what suspect Kori Ali Muhammad actually said. Their tweet:

Fresno police say suspect in triple slaying told them he hates white people, shouted “God is great” before killings. https://t.co/rrSOzfEXaB — The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2017

The AP responded to Fox News’ request for comment, and said they had deleted the tweet and replaced it with a new one.

The AP acknowledged in their article that Muhammad shouted “God is great” in Arabic. The AP story reads:

Dyer has said Muhammad shouted “God is great!” in Arabic while being arrested and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people. All three victims in Tuesday’s killings were white men, and Muhammad is black.”

The AP is taking heat on Twitter from news outlets, pundits and journalists for the editorializing, with some slamming the AP for downplaying the shooter’s Islamic ties.

DCG

Hate Crime: Black Muslim kills 4 whites in California racist shooting spree

It’s open season on whites in a thoroughly corrupted America where double standards abound.

Paul Joseph Watson reports for InfoWars that on March 23, 2017, a Facebook user named Laura posted this racist incitement to kill white women:

“White women should be hunted and killed then we won’t get white babies who think the(y) own the world!”

But Facebook sees nothing wrong with Laura’s vile comment. Responding to a complaint that Laura’s post is hate-speech, Facebook wrote:

“We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

Given the prevailing climate of tolerance for anti-white racism, it shouldn’t surprise us when someone actually acts on Facebook Laura’s and others’ call to kill white people.

Yesterday, April 18, 2017, a black man named Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, did just that in Fresno, California.

In a shooting spree, Muhammad first killed a white motel security guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, then fired 16 rounds in less than two minutes in downtown Fresno, killing three white men.

Muhammad was arrested shortly afterward. He was already wanted for killing the Motel 6 security guard from last week.

Police say Muhammad had chosen his victims at random and had set out to kill as many white people as he could.

As reported by ABC10 Sacramento:

“Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, told investigators he decided to kill white people . . . .  Chief Dyer says Muhammad, who shouted ‘God is great’ [‘Allahu Akbar’] in Arabic before the killings, told investigators he wanted to be known as someone who killed many white people . . . .”

According to NY Daily News, during his arrest, Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar,” but Police Chief Dyer said the shootings had “nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statement he made. This is solely based on race.

Muhammad first walked up to a utility truck and shot and killed a 34-year-old white Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee sitting in the passenger seat. The driver of the truck, who is Latino, sped off to the police department for help. Muhammad then shot at another person and missed. He aimed at a third, killing a 37-year-old white man on the sidewalk as he walked with a bag of groceries in a neighborhood lined with tall trees. The final victim, a 58-year-old white man, was gunned down in the parking lot of a Catholic Charities building. Chief Dyer said Muhammad had approached a vehicle in between shootings, but spared the lives of two Latino women who were in the car with a child.

Dyer said, “These individuals who were chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual that was intent on carrying out homicides today. He did that.”

At his arrest, Muhammad admitted he was the guy they were looking for. Dyer said Muhammad told officers, “I did it. I shot them.”

On what appeared to be Muhammad’s Facebook page, he repeatedly posted “#LetBlackPeopleGo,” encouraged “black warriors” to “mount up” against “white devils,” and boasted that his “kill rate increases tremendously on the other side”.

Muhammad has a criminal history in Sacramento dating back to 1997 when he was arrested for making criminal threats. He was also previously arrested for cocaine possession and distribution, domestic violence, forgery, false imprisonment and various weapons charges from 1997 to 2004, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. The records also show that Kori Ali Muhammad had used several names and aliases, including Kori McWallace, Cory Muhammad and Corey Allen Taylor.

Muhammad faces four counts of murder and at least two additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

See also:

~Eowyn

Feminists are insufferable: Huffington Post blogger suggests taking away white men’s right to vote

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Perpetual feminist Shelley

From Fox NewsA blog post published Thursday on the Huffington Post’s South African version of the site advocated stripping white men of their right to vote.

“Could It Be Time to Deny White Men the Franchise?” she asked Thursday in the title of her blog post.

“It is time to wrestle control of the world back from white males, and the first step will be a temporary restriction of the franchise to them,” according to Shelley Garland.

“If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened,” she explained. “It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely–the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world.”

Garland blames white men for electing Donald Trump and voting for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

“The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008,” she added. “This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.”

Click for more from the Washington Free Beacon.

DCG