No doubt you have heard by now that Nike has reignited the Culture Wars, started in large part my Donald Trump’s divisive brand of politics, with their new “Just Do It” campaign which prominently features Colin Kaepernick.
Contrary to the nay Sayers, this has not resulted in them losing business but instead gaining millions of dollars in free publicity. Nike has been reported to have actually seen a huge increase in sales as a result of this campaign which has come mostly from the millennials who represent the bulk of their clients.
So contrary to all those conservatives who decided that the freedom of speech guaranteed under the US Constitution is subservient to their own political expediency, the American way of life, and the freedoms it has always stood for, is resting on the will of the youth to enforce them. Which is as it should be if things are to continue in a good manner for the long haul. It is as if we are witnessing the beginnings of a new golden age of activism reminiscent that expressed in the anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights eras of the 50’s and 60’s in America.
With Colin now suing the NFL for collusion in keeping him out of the league, things are in full swing now for a reignition of the Culture War. The sentiment is that Colin will win his lawsuit and it will result in a judgement of many millions of dollars he will undoubtedly devote to the cause of shedding light on the injustices being served upon the least fortunate of Americans under the the current reign of tyranny being wrought by the Trump administration.
It is even more official now, with the latest utterances from Trump’s mouth, that the forces promoting a Culture War are in fact winning. Trump showed a surprising sense of mistiming by coming out again and denouncing Colin Kaepernick in his tweet on Saturday. Writing that “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….”
and following that up by saying ”
Despite the long tradition of free speech and peaceful protest that is guaranteed by our Constitution the President is demanding that Mr. Kaepernick be silent. We say it is poor timing because it is this week that we also learned that Aaron Hernandez brain showed that he was suffering from some of the worse case of C.T.E the doctors have ever seen in such a young former NFL player. He was only 27 when he committed suicide in April while in prison for the murder of one of his own friends.
The New York times summed the current state of affairs up quite nicely.
That being said, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not one to talk on the dubious points of present day football. He keeps his nose out of most issues encompassing the football world and the more extensive, and ever more volatile, American political scene in general.
That is the reason it was somewhat of an unexpected event that Newton really backed up those outraged by Colin Kaepernick’s present status as an unemployed NFL quarterback.
In conversing with the media a few days ago, Newton appeared to bolster Kaepernick. Once more, it was an astonishing remark from a generally laid back quarterback, we applaud you Cam.
There is a report now being circulated that Colin was about to be signed but things went south when his girlfriend tweeted something that was very inflammatory to the situation.
Even Raiders quarterback Derek Carr came in on the side of Colin Kaepernick’s opposing his continued unemployment, telling reporters last week that he is dismayed that the former 49ers quarterback is still without a job.
The Jaguars Owner is on record saying he is open to signing Colin Kaepernick to the team but there are obstacles.
Even Spike Lee has weighted in on his tweeter page. He arranged a rally in support of Colin last month.
Cam’s actions are all the more refreshing considering the those of Michael Vick.
Michael Vick believes Colin Kaepernick can reverse his job fortunes by cutting his hair.
In case you have been living under a rock for the last decade or two, Michael Vick is the former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback that was convicted among other things of running a dog fighting kennel. He said that Kaepernick should incorporate a “clean-cut” demeanor and be more “presentable” if he thinks he is going to play in the NFL next year, and should get rid of his Afro and the cornrows. Those would be Boxer Braids if you are more comfortable with the culturally appropriated term that the U.S. media has begun using.
“The reason he’s not playing has nothing to do with the national anthem, it’s more solely on his play,” Vick said on Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself. “But yeah, everything takes precedent, in terms of image, perception.”
Kaepernick, who, also in case you have been living under a rock, led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII before the league peek the whole card to his running-and-passing stunts, optioned out of his contract with the 49ers in March of this year, but has remained unsigned by any other NFL team, having received little interest from teams around the league.
Hold the presses. In the last couple of days, the Ravens expressed some interest in bringing Colin on board, but their fans have appeared to poo-poo that idea before it even got off the ground. Never mind Ravens management says they may still consider presenting Colin with an offer later on despite the fans objections. For his part Colin has said he is very interesting in playing for the Ravens and thinks they would be a great fit for his playing style.
One NFL player, namely Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, believes he is being discriminated against by NFL teams for his political protest in the 2016 season, and this may well be true given that the currently leader of the free world, Donald Trump, said as much in one of his more infamous tweets, all but daring any NFL team to sign him. What he could do if any team actually did sign Colin, except for the feared nasty tweet, is left for the world to guess. If it’s anything like any of his previous treats one would think there isn’t much to worry about, so let’s hope that a nasty Donald tweet isn’t what is holding the Ravens management back from extending Colin an offer. After all tweeting doesn’t a policy or plan make as evidenced by the U.S. Military’s response to the latest off the cuff tweet from the Donald meant to ban Transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military. We shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for any coherent plan or policy to emanate from the walls of the Chaos Presidency’s White House.
Vick, the 4-time Pro Bowl quarterback whose career was so infamously interrupted by that conviction for his master minding an illegal interstate dog-fighting ring, expressed he was speaking from his own personal experience. After nearly 2 years located in Leavenworth federal penitentiary in Kansas, he played 5 years for the Eagles and had backup runs with the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in February. Colin apparently thinks this has something to do with the formulation of his opinion in this matter, but from an incarcerated individual’s point of view in the larger context of the Afro American experience as victims. More about that later.
“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” Vick said on Monday. “Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
Kaepernick took objection to Vick’s remarks without mentioning him by name, tweeting the definition to the Stockholm Syndrome defined here by Wikipedia as:
“Stockholm syndrome (sometimes erroneously referred to as Helsinki syndrome) is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These feelings, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time spent together, are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. Generally speaking, Stockholm syndrome consists of “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.” The FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly eight percent of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.”
The 29-year-old Colin completed 59.2% of his passes, averaged 6.8 yards per passing attempt and threw sixteen touchdowns with only four interceptions in 12 games for the Niners in the 2016 season. However, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, in protest of police brutality and racial injustice and in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, became a bigger story than his on-field performance.
Colin Kaepernick has since said he will stand for the anthem next year because his goal for the protest was to start a nationwide debate, and that has largely been achieved.
Vick is rightly being criticized for his stance, which is but the latest example of an African-American athlete being told to conform the Conservative’s norms of appearance in the ongoing Culture War that is currently in part being fueled in the United States, and the world for that matter, by the Chaos Presidency of Donald Trump.
To his credit, Michael Vick later issued an apology, which Colin has yet to acknowledge he accepts.