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Thursday, June 15, 2017

John Walsh <jwalsh589@gmail.com>: Jun 15 05:28PM -1000

On Wed, 31 May 2017 14:30:33 -0700 (PDT), Benard Atkins
Just so you know, that is a spamtastic link. It's downloading files
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a425couple <a425couple@hotmail.com>: Jun 15 08:36AM -0700

Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed by Billionaire NFL Owners.
Here's Why.
Posted on Jun 14, 2017
By Colin Jenkins
(Yeah, yeah,,,, I'm a fool and clicked on this POS
Interesting picture of him sitting there with his
"I know my rights" t-shirt.)
"Colin Kaepernick launched the Colin Kaepernick Foundation in 2016 "to
fight oppression of all kinds globally, through education and social
activism." (Kaepernick7.com)
Colin Kaepernick took a courageous and principled stand last season by
kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. This was done in
response to a society that continues to systematically, culturally, and
institutionally devalue black lives. This devaluation is played out in
many areas, including politics, economics, housing, employment, and
perhaps most notably, within the criminal punishment system. Black lives
are routinely extinguished by police in the streets without recourse, in
the courts without pause, and in the prisons without hesitation. Entire
generations of black Americans have essentially been destroyed through
the "school-to-prison pipeline" and a system of mass incarceration, for
which author Michelle Alexander has properly deemed, The New Jim Crow.
Kaepernick recognized this and felt compelled to bring attention to it.
He openly protested the national anthem, donated hundreds of thousands
of dollars to community agencies, and started a national youth camp
program to teach children from marginalized communities about
This offseason, he brought a box of 100 suits to hand out to parolees
outside a Queens (New York City) parole office, has continued to donate
$100,000 per month to various community programs, with $50,000 recently
going to Meals-On-Wheels (after Donald Trump's budget cuts were
announced), and has and even arranged (with Turkish Airlines) for food
and water to be flown into Somalia in an attempt to address
famine-stricken areas there.
He is now a free agent, in the prime of his career, and without a job.
By all "measurables" (and the NFL is big on "measurables"), Kaepernick
should have a starting job somewhere. He is only 29 years old and has a
prototypical quarterback build at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He's brought
a team to the Super Bowl. His career numbers, in what amounts to just
over three full seasons, are very impressive: 12,271 passing yards,
2,300 rushing yards, a passer rating of 88.9, and a 72/30
touchdown/interception ratio, which is remarkable for an NFL quarterback
with such little experience. Despite playing for one of the worst teams
in the NFL in 2016, he still managed to put up very good numbers in only
12 games: 2,241 passing yard, 468 rushing yards on a 6.8 yards-per-carry
average, a 16/4 TD/INT ratio, and a passer rating of 90.7. His passer
rating in 2016 was higher than that of 13 other starting quarterbacks,
including Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Joe
When considering these measurables, his performance record, and the fact
that he is in the prime of his football career, it is unimaginable that
he is not only without a roster spot, but that he is without a starting
job on one of the 32 teams in the NFL. The only reasonable explanation
for Kaepernick's newfound unemployment status is that he's being
blackballed by billionaire NFL owners.
We've seen this before. Muhammad Ali, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Craig Hodges,
Tommie Smith and John Carlos all faced similar treatment after using
their platforms to take principled stands. Kaepernick has made millions
of dollars in the NFL, so he will be fine either way. But there are many
lessons to be learned from this situation.
One important lesson is how the owning class relies on patriotism to
help protect and secure its position in society. The notion of
patriotism is one that tells the American working class that they have a
deep, common bond with the American capitalist class. This, of course,
couldn't be further from the truth. As being consistent with capitalism,
the owning-class minority has driven the working-class majority into
widespread deprivation in order to secure more and more wealth for
itself. One way to hide this reality is to create an artificial bond
based on geographic and cultural nationalism—patriotism.
While globalizing its capital, the owning class calls for "national
unity." While laying off American workers in mass, it airs
multimillion-dollar ad campaigns celebrating patriotic loyalty. While
employing foreign workers for slave wages, it parades its brand name
during celebrations of "national independence." While driving wages down
and forcing American workers on to welfare rolls, it asks that you
celebrate "American values." While systematically exploiting the
majority, it demands that this majority remain loyal to its
nationalistic ties.
It is not enough that Colin Kaepernick is proving to be a modern-day
Roberto Clemente, or that he's following the path of the great Muhammad
Ali. American society (and its sports industries) under capitalism
demands that profit remains a priority over people. In order to maintain
this, it must insist that workers bow down to bosses, that citizens
refrain from questioning their rulers, that everyday people not dare to
step out of line.
WATCH: Richard Wolff Explains How U.S. Economic Education Gives the
Illusion That 'Everything Is All Right'
Patriotism (and the unquestioned obedience that comes with it) is a
crucial tool for the owning class. To them, Kaepernick's refusal to
submit to this nationalistic ritual was not merely "disrespect." It was
a potentially damaging challenge to this important tool that is wielded
in their quest to extract all of society's wealth (through a docile
working class). For this reason, it is vitally important that Kaepernick
be taught a lesson. The NFL's billionaire class is in the process of
carrying out this lesson.
Colin Jenkins is founder, editor, and social economics department chair
at the Hampton Institute: A Working-Class Think Tank."
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