“I am so sick of the Kaepernick debate and how divisive it has become for our country. But here is something I think we can all agree on: there has been nearly zero national discussion on what the protest was about in the first place.
I am embarrassed to say that I have grown confused over whether the protest is about police killing unarmed black men, police generally harassing people of color, or systemic oppression – none of these things are ever talked about in the media in relation to this protest.
While my personal positions on these 3 grievances vary, I really believe there are enough people that feel passionately about each that all three deserve intelligent and civil national dialogue – but there is none. I want to hear some debate and some suggestions on how these subjects can be improved! Instead, we are arguing about whether or not taking a knee is unpatriotic or disrespectful and whether or not someone has reason to be offended at this particular display of protest. I don’t see how anyone can argue that any progress is being made, and in fact I believe the opposite is true.
Do you think any of my above comments are controversial in the least? So we have a highly publicized protest that creates passionate and polarizing (not to mention grossly politicized) debate regarding the form of protest, but provides no attention to the actual “cause.” Whatever your point of view, wouldn’t that define the protest as an abject failure?”
See the above data to point out that Kaepernick’s protest has been a total failure for everyone but him. (It might have been good for me to, honestly, since my audience has exploded with people looking for someone to provide common sense analysis of this entire mess. But if I could go back in time and convince Kaepernick not to protest I would certainly do so.)
I think what you’re hitting on is pretty important here — Kaepernick has never talked to the media about his political positions because every time he does so he looks uneducated and ill-informed. Think about it, other than Tweeting and Instagramming, he’s been almost entirely silent for years now.
This is a guy who said Cuba was a better, freer place to live than America, said cops were modern day slave catchers, and has been unable to elucidate any coherent political philosophy. Oh, and he’s never even voted in his life!
Kap hasn’t talked despite the fact that every major media outlet in the country has been begging him to sit down for an interview.
If you really want to change the world, don’t you have to share your opinions when you’re given the opportunity to do so? Most protesters leap at every opportunity to speak out to larger audiences. Kaepernick hasn’t.
Honestly, I’m not going to rewrite many of the things I’ve said about Kaepernick’s protest in my book in this answer here, but if you want to see a deep discussion of the question you asked here, you need to buy the book. I dive in like no one has ever done before in the media to examine every angle of Kaepernick’s protest.
“Which of these do you think you stand the greatest chance of doing
(at the athletes performance peak):
Beating Tiger Woods in golf
Winning a fight against Mike Tyson
Statistically having a better year than LeBron
Swim faster than Michael Phelps
Run faster than Usain Bolt
Bike race Lance Armstrong
Or play as good as Peyton Manning/Tom Brady ,the answer is quarterback without a doubt. If I played as many games as Tom Brady I would do better than him in at least a few without a doubt and my reason being is you don’t have to have great physical qualities to play the position, you don’t have to be fast, not to mention if you go with pure arm talent I wouldn’t put them two in the top 20. I think the quarterback position is purely preparation and depends mostly on the system you’re in and if it’s a good fit for you , that’s why great college quarterbacks don’t transfer over to pro because the games are systemically different.”
Congrats, this is the dumbest email we’ve ever gotten in the mailbag.
Pro tip: comparing yourself to elite pro athletes is insane. As is suggesting you could play in an NFL game as well as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
Stop doing this.
As a general rule, there is less raw athleticism in playing quarterback than there is in running. There is also less raw athleticism in, for instance, pitching a major league baseball game. But your average person pitching in a major league baseball game would get torched. Even throwing strikes would be very difficult. Much less the fact that you might die off a screaming line drive hit right back at you.
The less raw athleticism involved in a sport the better chance you’d have of competing in it. But that still doesn’t mean you’d be remotely close to the people who are the best in the world at it.
“Read your column on Jemele Hill/Michelle Beadle last week and it reminded me of my time working for the Fresh Market.
I worked as a Meat/Seafood Buyer for the Corporate office in Greensboro, North Carolina. We would get complaints every week from people who demanded we add Organic and Grass Fed Beef in our stores.
Every time we did, no one would buy it and it would end up getting removed from our cases and then customers would start complaining again.
The people complaining weren’t folks who wanted that product, they were just mad we didn’t have it. I am not saying ignore your customers but sometimes you do need to use your own experience and judgement and ignore the idiots who are just trying to make a point.”
Here are a couple of facts for you: only 20% of Americans have Twitter accounts.
Of the 20% who do have Twitter accounts, I would bet half of those people don’t interact very often on social media. That means 10% of Americans, and that’s being very generous, are active on Twitter. Probably 3% of Americans are highly active there.
So when the media or companies reference social media or use it to gauge the decisions they are making, how representative is Twitter of real life?
I think it’s not very representative at all.
Yet the media is addicted to using social media as a basis for a huge amount of their stories.
I think companies are too easy to reach now and I think, if anything, they are too reactive to what social media says or does.
Back in the day congressional offices used to get deluged with constituent mail. Much of it was produced by opinion content factories. That is, they could manufacture a huge mass of mail to make it look like their position was more popular than it actually was.
I think many have realized how to do the same thing on social media now.
Twitter is a funhouse mirror.
“When I see someone like Max Kellerman tearing into Tiger (or The Ringer shredding Kanye) for not having the correct opinion black people should have, doesn’t that sorta have tones of “oh shit a black guy got off the (democratic) plantation gotta go round him up and teach him a lesson for thinking independently, and not what us woke white liberals want?”
I feel like the woke white liberal is by far the most racist in these situations.”
I believe identity politics is a cancer in our country.
In particular, I think the idea that anyone should have an opinion based on what their race, religion or gender is unacceptable. What I want everyone to do is think for themselves.
I think it would be great if one day black people weren’t a monolithic voting block for Democrats and Republicans and Democrats and Republicans both equally competed for all black voters just like they equally compete for Hispanics or Asians or white voters.
My hope is that intelligent free thinkers like Jason Whitlock or Candice Owens can help to make a difference in reordering our national discourse so that race doesn’t determine black political opinion any more than it determines white, Asian, or Hispanic political identity.
Think about this for a minute, if just 20% of black voters were willing to vote Republican then everything about our modern political parties would have to change. Because the Democrats could never get elected to national office again if 20% of black voters voted Republican.
Similarly, if Democrats could ever grab 40% of white men in a series of elections then Republicans could never win an election again either.
I’d just like to see a point in time when your birth identity — i.e. what race you are — didn’t predict how you’d vote for president as often as it does and didn’t lead to such tribal politics.
Will we ever see that in my lifetime?
I hope so.
But I have my doubts.
Thanks for reading Outkick and hope y’all have a great weekend.