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Kaepernick participates in "Unthanksgiving Day" on Alcatraz

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Guess he needs something to do. It’s not like he’s going to be a QB on any team soon, especially with stunts like this.
From Fox News: Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, took part Thursday in the annual Unthanksgiving Day on Alcatraz Island.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Kaepernick made a surprise appearance at the event, which commemorates the 19-month occupation of the prison by Native American activists from 1969-1971.
“Our fight is the same fight,” Kaepernick told the crowd, in a message he posted on Twitter. “We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom. And realizing that we are all in this fight together makes us all the more powerful.”
The 89 activists who occupied the prison almost five decades ago demanded that it be turned into an American Indian cultural center and school.
During the commemorative event, called the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, the crowd gathers on the island to watch the sunrise on San Francisco Bay.
“It’s about reflecting, remembering and celebrating that we are still here and our culture still survives,” Michael Horse, a Native American actor, told Newsweek.
Kaepernick, who was recently named GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year,’ began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.
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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sat during US anthem yet stood for Mexican anthem

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Marshawn Lynch enjoying a banana during the National Anthem/AP Photo


This from the guy who sported an “Everybody vs. Trump” t-shirt and during a pre-season game, sat on a cooler eating a banana during the National Anthem. ‘Nuff said.
From Q13Fox: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during most of U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before their game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
Lynch has not stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season.
There did not appear to be any other protests during the anthem as the afternoon games kicked off.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick pioneered the protests last year when he took a knee during the playing of the national anthem over what he said was social and racial injustice.
This year, several NFL players have joined the protest including Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
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Cop hater Kaepernick to grace GQ as "Citizen of the Year"

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Well, guess he should be proud of this meaningless title. Yet I doubt it pays as well as a QB title.
From Sacramento Bee: Turlock son Colin Kaepernick — whose sitting (which quickly turned into kneeling) during the national anthem to protest police brutality sparked a movement — is one of the Men of the Year in the December issue of GQ magazine. His specific title is Citizen of the Year.
The article “Colin Kaepernick will not be silenced” notes that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s determined stand puts him among athletes such as Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali who risked everything to make a difference.
Though the headline notes the Pitman High grad “will not be silenced,” Kaepernick is not interviewed for the article. “When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself,” the piece reads. “But Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent. As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence.”
Kaepernick helped GQ assemble a 10-person team of his closest confidants, including filmmaker Ava DuVernay, rapper J. Crew, actor-activist Harry Belafonte and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, who was the first NFL player to join him in kneeling.
Read the rest of the story here.
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NFL reportedly invites Kaepernick to meet with Roger Goodell

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Kaepernick doesn’t currently work for the NFL. Goodell is a pansy and the worst all-time leader of the NFL.
From MSN: According to this report from ESPN’s Jim Trotter, NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent texted free agent Colin Kaepernick and invited him to meet one-on-one with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Per the report, Vincent’s text to Kaepernick also included an update on the ongoing discussions between NFL players and owners regarding social issues.
As of now, the league has not heard back from Kaepernick about meeting with the commissioner. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said last week that Goodell, Vincent and Arthur McAfee, the NFL’s senior vice president of player engagement, will be asked to surrender their cell phone records and emails as they pertain to Kaepernick’s collusion case filed against the league. They are set to be deposed as well.
Along with the NFL personnel having to turn over their records, other specific NFL team owners will also be asked to do the same.
Kaepernick alleges that the NFL has colluded against him in preventing him from signing with a team.
Kaepernick has been a free agent since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. He made headlines countrywide after protesting the national anthem last season.
It should be interesting to see if Kaepernick takes up the commissioner on his invitation or just defers to the legal system to handle his grievance.
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California NAACP wants 'Star-Spangled Banner' removed as America's national anthem

Some blacks hate this country so much that it’s not enough that Confederate and patriotic monuments are taken down, and NFL players show their disrespect by taking-a-knee, the California chapter of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) actually wants “The Star Spangled Banner” be removed as America’s national anthem.

Alexei Koseff reports for The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune, Nov. 7, 2017, that the California NAACP last week began circulating among California’s state legislators two resolutions that passed at its state conference in October:

  1. A resolution urging Congress to rescind “The Star-Spangled Banner” — “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” — as the national anthem.
  2. A second resolution calls on Congress to censure President Trump for suggesting NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who doesn’t stand for the anthem, and to ask NFL teams find a spot for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who some believe is blacklisted over having started the “take-a-knee” protest movement among professional athletes against alleged police brutality.

The objections to “The Star-Spangled Banner” are two:

  1. The song’s infrequently-sung third verse that blacks say celebrate the deaths of black American slaves who joined British troops during the War of 1812 to gain their freedom: “Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”.
  2. Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was a slave owner and fierce opponent of abolition who may have sparked the first race riot in Washington, D.C.


California NAACP President Alice Huffman, who drafted the NAACP’s resolutions, said: “We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick. I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.” She said Congress, which adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931, should find a replacement that is not “another song that disenfranchises part of the American population.”
The California NAACP is looking for legislative sponsors for the resolutions. At least one lawmaker is already opposed. Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Huntington Beach Republican who is running for governor, said in a statement:

“Our flag and national anthem unite us as Americans. Protesting our flag and national anthem sows division and disrespects the diverse Americans who have proudly fought and died for our country. Real social change can only happen if we work together as Americans first.”

Here’s to you, NAACP!

H/t John Molloy and California Political Review.
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Missouri bar using "Lynch" and "Kaepernick" jerseys as doormats

From KOMU: A Lake of the Ozarks bar owner was taking heat Tuesday for what at least one passer-by saw as a racist doormat out front.
“It’s not a race thing,” said Jason Burle, who owns the S.N.A.F.U Bar near the Bagnell Dam. “A lot of people want to twist it around to be a race thing.”
Burle said he ordered two NFL jerseys to be used as doormats outside his bar after NFL players started kneeling during the national anthem at football games.
“We pulled them out of the box, taped them down. There was no ill-intent,” Burle said.
Burle used the jerseys of NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick. When placed side-by-side, the jerseys read “Lynch” “Kaepernick.”
“If someone thinks that I mean personal harm to someone, they don’t know me,” Burle said.
But that’s what crossed Taylor Sloan’s mind when he saw the jerseys outside Burle’s bar over the weekend.
“That’s not the Missouri I know,” Sloan said. “It just kind of upset me really bad. Put a bad taste in my mouth.”
Sloan posted on the bar’s Facebook page. He and Burle had a heated exchange online.
Sloan wrote on the page, “You are also expressing hate, violence and continuing American racism under the faux guise of patriotism.”
Burle responded, “It’s funny to me that someone would look that far deeply into it just to find a racist link.”
Burle told KOMU the doormat is about standing up for himself and his family, many of whom served in the military. Burle spent six years in the Air Force. Seeing NFL players kneel during the national anthem didn’t sit well with him.
“A lot of us military folks take that personal to heart,” Burle said.
Read the rest of the story here.
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NFL rules say players should stand for national anthem; ratings drop

Last Friday night, Sept. 22, 2017, President Trump ignited a firestorm when he told a rally in Alabama:

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.'”

Trump, of course, was referring to National Football League (NFL) players, beginning with San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season, who show their disrespect and non-allegiance to the United States by kneeling or sitting, instead of standing, during the National Anthem, ostensibly to protest the Left’s tired old trope — racism.

That the NFL as a corporate body tolerates its players’ disrespectful conduct is outrageous because its own rules clearly stipulate that players must stand at attention during the National Anthem.
According to the NFL:

“The NFL Football Operations ‘bible’ is the Game Operations Manual — nearly 200 pages of procedures and policy for regular season games alone….
The NFL takes infractions of Game Operations rules seriously — so much so that clubs risk fines as high as $500,000 for violations ‘affecting the competitive aspects of the game.’ Some violations, such as late arrival for kickoff, can result in yardage penalties, and failure to comply with a uniform policy can result in a player’s temporary removal from the game.
The league takes violations seriously because it takes its responsibilities seriously. Good governance is an essential component in producing a fair and entertaining game.”

Here are the NFL’s rules governing the National Anthem, found on pages A62-63 of the NFL Game Operations Manual (Time):

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

Whereas blacks make up the majority of NFL players (67.3% in 2014), the majority of NFL fans/viewers are whites or Caucasians (77% in 2015).

Available evidence shows that the fans are boycotting the NFL.
Beginning in October 2016, reacting to Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem, a Rasmussen survey found that as many as a third (32%) of U.S. adults said they were less likely to watch NFL game telecasts because of the Kaepernick-led player protests. Whites, especially, were twice as likely as minorities to say they were less likely to watch. (The Daily Wire)
True to the survey’s findings, the NFL’s TV ratings have slumped.
CNNMoney reports, Sept. 20, 2017:

The NFL’s TV ratings are down so far this season and if that news isn’t distressing enough for the biggest ratings driver on TV, the latest slump follows a 2016 season marked by unstable ratings that had pundits and analysts scratching their heads….
NBC‘s “Sunday Night Football” in the first two weeks of the regular season is down 7% in viewership compared to last year; ESPN‘s “Monday Night Football,” is down 5%; and the averages of Sunday afternoon games on Fox and CBS are down 11% and 19% respectively, according to Nielsen data.

The NFL blamed Hurricane Irma for the drop in ratings.
On Sept 25, three days after Trump’s urging that the NFL fire players who disrespect the flag, CNNMoney reports:

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game, the Washington Redskins’ lopsided 27-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders, nabbed an 11.6 overnight rating compared to a 12.9 rating for a match-up between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys one year ago. That’s a drop of roughly 10%.
To come up with overnight ratings, Nielsen takes the percentage of households watching in 56 U.S. markets and comes up with an overnight average — so an 11.6, for instance, means that 11.6% of households in those 54 markets tuned into the game on NBC on Sunday night….
Fox took a bigger hit. Overnight ratings for its singleheader slate of games were down 16% compared to last year‘s week 3 numbers.

Only CBS’ overnight ratings increased compared to last year’s week 3 coverage, but only by a modest 4%.
Another sign of fans boycott is the drop in ticket prices.
SF Gate reports that resale tickets for the Rams-49ers game on Sept. 21, 2017 were being offered on StubHub for as low as $14, “cheaper than buying a pair of $7.50 pretzels through the Levi’s Stadium app and comparable to the price of a beer and a hot dog at the the three-year-old arena. According to the team’s seat licensing map, the cheapest original face value for any seat is $85.”
Ralph Garcia of TicketIQ says “The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season” and that the 49ers’ average list price has declined 32% since 2014, according to their internal numbers.
To sign a petition to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on a national pledge to boycott the NFL, go here.
H/t FOTM’s bongiornoc

Update

A new poll on fox5sandiego.com found that 89% of people who took the poll are in favor of NFL owners firing players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.
The poll is still active. Go here to take the poll.
See also “Black man agrees with President Trump on ‘SOB’ NFL players“.
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Nation Anthem protestor Marshawn Lynch to get new reality show on Facebook

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Marshawn Lynch enjoying a banana during the National Anthem/AP Photo

Marshawn Lynch is a NFL player who plays for the Oakland Raiders. I reported back in August that at the Oakland Raiders’ pre-season opener in Arizona, Marshawn Lynch didn’t stand during the National Anthem. He sat on a cooler eating a banana.
From my post:
Lynch previously backed Kaepernick, telling comedian Conan O’Brien in September 2016, “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered.”
“If you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he done, what he’s doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have,” Lynch said at the time.”
Facebook is rewarding him for his antics. Another show I won’t be watching.
From Seattle Times: Can’t get enough of Marshawn Lynch, the former Seattle Seahawks running back who now plays for some team in California? Well, you can soon watch him in a new reality show that will reportedly debut on Facebook’s recently launched Watch platformaccording to Reuters.
The news service reported that the social-media giant — which launched its new platform for U.S. users in August — is paying Time Warner’s Bleacher Report millions of dollars for the reality show featuring the Skittles-loving NFL player known as Beast Mode. The show, called “No Script,” consists of eight 10- to 15-minute mini-episodes featuring Lynch involved in various hijinks. The first episode will reportedly feature Lynch taking race-car driving lessons “until he ruins the tires of the car.”
Facebook’s purchase of the show, which will reportedly start streaming this month, underscores the intense battle among web-based media companies for original content and for viewers, Reuters reported.
“We think we have a big hit on our hands,” Rory Brown, president of Bleacher Report, told Reuters. “People are going to spend more time on Facebook because of it.”
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Seahawks player Michael Bennett working on a book titled, "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable"

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Bennett and his buddy Kaepernick


Imagine the outrage if a white man penned, “Things That Make Black People Uncomfortable.”
From YahooMichael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks is working on a book about “the NFL, racism, sexism, intersectionality and athletes being no longer silenced,” co-author Dave Zirin of The Nation said Monday.
The book will be titled Things That Make White People Uncomfortable and is scheduled to come out in April 2018, according to Publishers Weekly.
According to Publishers Weekly, Anthony Arnove of Haymarket Books bought the book, and described it as, “a sports memoir and manifesto as hilarious as it is revealing.”
The two-time Pro Bowler has been outspoken on social issues in the past, such as calling the 2016 presidential election “a disgrace” and asking a white player to join Colin Kaepernick in his national anthem protest. The defensive end has supported Kaepernick’s protest and has said he believes NFL executives are blackballing the free–agent quarterback.
Bennett, who is entering his ninth season in the league, has also pledged to donate all of his endorsement money made during 2017 and is hosting an event Saturday for Charleena Lyles, a black mother who was shot and killed by Seattle police in June (Lyles was mentally unstable and pulled out a knife in front of the cops).
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SJW Colin Kaepernick travels 'home' to Ghana to find 'personal independence'

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Colin Kaepernick: “Fully committed”


Hey Colin, the NFL isn’t breaking down doors to hire your sorry butt. Might as well stay “home.”
From ABC News: On Independence Day in the United States, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted a video on social media of his trip to Ghana, where he traveled to find his “personal independence.”
He posted the video on Twitter with a message asking, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs?”
He posted a longer message on Instagram with the video, explaining why he was interested in traveling to Ghana. In order to find his personal independence, he “had to find out where my ancestors came from,” and tracing his ancestral roots led him to Ghana.
Kaepernick has used his social media platforms to support social causes but has remained silent on his football career. Many NFL players have said they believe Kaepernick is being “blackballed” by NFL teams because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season.
Kaepernick, 29, spent the first six seasons on his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, starting 58 regular-season games and helping the team reach Super Bowl XLVII. He opted out of the final year of his contract in March.
Niners general manager John Lynch said last week in a radio interview that he spoke with Kaepernick and that the quarterback wants to play in the NFL this season. He said he urged Kaepernick to express publicly in an interview that he is still committed to his football career.
He is fully committed to wanting to be in this league. … I won’t communicate too much of what we’ve talked about, but I will communicate that I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering, is this most important to you, at a position where the guys that succeed at that position are the guys that live it, breathe it, the CEOs that play that position.’ And I think there is a perception that football’s not on the top of his list,” Lynch told KNBR Radio in San Francisco.
“And so, my communication with Colin was, ‘Your best effort, I think the way you could best help yourself is to not have someone talk for you, not have statements, but go sit down and do an interview, and let people know exactly where you stand.’ Because he makes a compelling case as to how bad he wants to be in the league when you talk to him.
“And so, I’ll leave it at that, but we did have those discussions and I think that would help him.”
While in Africa, Kaepernick also has traveled to Egypt. Current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin accompanied Kaepernick there, posting an Instagram picture of himself with the quarterback.
It is unclear whether Goodwin also went to Ghana with Kaepernick.
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