Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The politics of kneeling

Sports Illustrated's staff felt so virtuous on November 30, 2017, when it bestowed its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Colin Kaepernick for kneeling on the football field to protest the national anthem.

The magazine said, "In the last 16 months, Kaepernick’s truth has been twisted, distorted and used for political gain. It has cost him at least a year of his NFL career and the income that should have come with it. But still, it is his truth. He has not wavered from it. He does not regret speaking it. He has caused millions of people to examine it. And, quietly, he has donated nearly a million dollars to support it."

But much like Ali's refusal to acquiesce to the draft in protest to the Vietnam War, Kaepernick's protest of black men dying in police custody was not as cut-and-dried as a magazine writer would have you believe. 

Opposition to the war came with a price paid by the Vietnamese. North Vietnam's takeover of South Vietnam two years after America withdrew led to 200,000 people being killed in re-education camps.

Alpha History reported, "There is significant debate and disagreement about how many Vietnamese died in the regime’s reeducation camps, estimates ranging from 50,000 to 200,000. By 1982, seven years after the reunification of Vietnam, around 120,000 people were reportedly still detained. There were reports that reeducation was still continuing into the mid-1990s."

And so it is with the so-called Black Lives Matter movement. The riots it spawned led to changes in police procedure, which ignited a 30% increase in homicides in 2020 alone. That was with lockdowns.

Kaepernick's kneeling cost him nothing. It made him money as he increased his Nike shoe contract to $22 million.

Ali went to jail for his protest. (Correction: Ali did not do jail time but he was willing to do so.)

Kaepernick went to the bank for his.

And his protest had the establishment's seal of approval.

Not so Joe Kennedy, who lost his job as a football coach for kneeling on the field.

To pray.

He took his school to court and the Supreme Court will decide if his prayer is protected by the First Amendment.

SI is outraged.

It said, "When Faith and Football Teamed Up Against American Democracy.

"The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the case of a football coach at a public high school who was told he wasn’t allowed to pray on the field in front of players. The expected result is a win for the coach—and the further erosion of the separation between church and state."

So there you have it. Some kneeling is heroic. Other kneeling is a threat to democracy.

But like Ali -- who opposed the draft because of his religion -- Kennedy is taking one for the team (as it were) for his religion.

Kaepernick kneeled to peddle shoes.

27 comments:

  1. Only an ignoramus or a sports "journalist" can believe that the exercise of a constitutional right and the effort to defend it in the highest court in the land is undemocratic. I suppose it is an attack on democracy if you think that mob rule is the way the country ought to be governed and the mob agrees with you.

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    1. And SI is a dying entity. So realize, Mr. SI columnist, that most of the country thinks you are an idiot (they are correct, you are woefully dumb), and your business is dying because no one really wants to read much of anything you like to write.

      Just one more entity to go woke and go broke.

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    2. Sports Ilustrated is dying, so need to listen or take it seriously. Same thing for Kap. He's done. He kneeled to the slave-labour shoe god. Pray for Joe Kennedy. He is serving God.

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  2. And so we see the very considerable difference between those of us in America who hold to the principles set forth by our founding fathers versus those who take everything sacred in this nation and turn it to their own selfish, ideological and narcissistic ends.
    The sooner we laud people like Coach Kennedy and call out idiots like Kaepernick the sooner we can get this nation back on track.
    Does anyone have a fund going for Mr. kennedy?

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  3. Try half a mil in the re-education camps. Lefties and Whigs always lowball these things.

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    1. And add in the numbers who perished in boats trying to reach freedom.

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  4. I'd bet dollars to donuts that American democracy would be happy to endorse Faith and Football and tell Kaepernick and SI to go pound sand. Go ahead, put it to a real vote you arrogant Leftist assholes. A vote without the shenanigans of 2020.

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  5. A man being denied - by the state - the right to pray quietly is in SI's opinion the definition of "separation of church and state." Not denying the man his right to pray quietly is somehow a threat to "separation of church and state." Odd how tyrants twist simple concepts to meet their desires.

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    1. Was just going to post similar. One thing I'd add is, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" is in fact literally in the Constitution. "Separation of Church and state" is literally NOT in our Constitution!

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    2. The preamble of the Declaration of Independence is clear on this:
      "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
      This country was founded in faith. Separating church and state? You can't have one without the other.
      -LG

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  6. Shoes made with Coerced/POSSIBLE/Slave Labor

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  7. Next, the LibCommies will attempt to arrest you for praying in church…after that, in your own FOOKING HOUSE. By that time, God will have had enough, and we’ll see the heads of the triple vaxxed start to explode in technicolor like the scene at the end of the first Kingsmen movie. What a day of rejoicing it will be!

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    1. "triple vaxxed".....That reminds me, Fauci has Covid. ROFLMAO

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  8. I'm sick of "against American democracy" BS. Communism, totalitarianism and fascism supported by Democrats are some things that are against our American republic.

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  9. Personal truth is such a bullshit concept, and citing it exemplifies an inferior intellect, that I refused to read any more of the article.

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  10. Well, the dems are for "Democracy" -Mob rule.

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  11. SI has gone the way of Playboy years ago.

    In other news Babylon Bee reports that Kaepernick was picked up by the Carolina Panthers: https://babylonbee.com/news/colin-kaepernick-transitions-in-order-to-make-carolina-panthers-cheer-squad

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  12. I can just hear SanFranNan saying "Ameiwiccan Demoquissy....."

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  13. Ali didn't go to jail. His 5 year prison sentence for draft evasion was held in abeyance while his case went to the Supreme Court. He won, so he didn't do even a day in jail.

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  14. And I know it's been said a thousand times, but there is nothing in the Constitution about "Separation of church and state". It's a throwaway line in a letter that Jefferson wrote to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist church. But it gets quoted like it was engraved on the tablets God gave to Moses.

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    1. Nor is abortion but the left found it in there too somehow. Yet they can't seem to find "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" and they can't seem to find "shall not be infringed" either. Weird how that works

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  15. For what is a man? What has he got?
    If not himself, then he has not
    To say the things he truly feels
    And not the words of one who kneels.
    The record shows
    I took the blows
    And did it my way.

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  16. The Mohammed Ali Legacy Award. I'll probably catch hell over this, but Kaepernick personifies what Cassius Clay was all about. He converted to Islam for one reason and one reason only, to dodge the Vietnam draft. He was a loudmouth braggart who had no concept of how to win with grace, or good sportsmanship. Clay and Kaepernick actually have a lot in common.

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  17. I have not watched professional football since the nfl allowed (or encouraged) kapadick to kneel as a protest against our country. That was the last major league sport I watched and I haven't watched any since. I don't follow them in the news and I don't care about scores.
    I sold disney, facebook, twitter and at&t stock when I disagreed with what they were doing. If I owned stock in a company that contributed to blm I would have sold that, too.
    We need to boycott companies and organizations that do things we don't agree with.
    If more people did that there would be less "wokeness."

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