As Super Bowl LV approaches, political activists on Twitter have been making comparisons between Tom Brady’s politics and Colin Kapernick’s anthem protests. Thanks to the “people are saying” tactic, which is something left-wing journalists and activists at Twitter use to add artificial weight to a topic, a trend popped up regarding the reaction to Tom Brady’s supposed support for Donald Trump and Colin Kapernick’s anthem protests. The activists argue that Brady has been given a free pass for his political leanings while Kaepernick has been blackballed from the NFL due to the anthem protests.
Of course, this is a nonsensical and downright stupid analysis. Tom Brady is the single greatest team sport athlete in the history of American sports who will soon be appearing in his tenth Super Bowl. He was once photographed with a MAGA hat in his locker and has been known to have a cordial relationship with Donald Trump, but he has never brought up politics during or after a football game.
As for Colin Kaepernick, he started the anthem protests as his career was on the decline. Though he once showed plenty of promise and appeared in a Super Bowl, he was no longer starting in the NFL as of 2016. When he did play in 2016, he turned in a QBR of just 49.2. Granted, he didn’t have much to work with in San Francisco. Colin Kaepernick easily could have been a backup NFL quarterback, who theoretically could have played his way back into relevance as we’ve seen time and time again, but he chose to be an activist.
When the Baltimore Ravens attempted to sign him, the deal fell through after Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, compared Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to a slave master. Diab tweeted a picture in which Bisciotti could be seen standing next to Ravens great Ray Lewis and mirrored it with Samuel L. Jackson’s character from Django Unchained hugging a slave master. Ray Lewis even stated that he was in support of Kaepernick getting an opportunity with the Ravens before the incident. “I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it,” Lewis said back in 2017.
So the fact that ideologically motivated Twitter activists want to compare Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests and subsequent statements to Tom Brady simply having opinions is laughable. It shouldn’t even be engaged with because it’s an apple and oranges situation. People trying to make this ridiculous comparison are not acting in good faith, nor do they mean it when they say that Kaepernick’s anthem protests were “never about the flag or the country.”
This is a common talking point among Colin Kaepernick fans, that he was never kneeling in protest of the country. Kaepernick’s own statements and actions fly in the face of this, as do those of his biggest supporters. On July 4, 2019, Kaepernick posted an out of context Frederick Douglas quote in tandem with a video that portrayed the U.S. as a deeply evil state. The date and messaging behind the video make it abundantly clear that Kaepernick was condemning the United States, though the spin machine will tell you otherwise. “There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour,” Kaepernick tweeted over a montage of lynchings and slave abuses. “We reject your celebration of white supremacy,” Kaepernick said in reference to the video.
For context in regards to the Frederick Douglass quote, what Kaepernick quoted was said in 1852, before the Civil War. Slavery had still existed and Douglass was saying that the promises of America were denied to African Americans at the time, and then some. This is obviously true. But Douglass then concluded the speech by saying “I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from ‘the Declaration of Independence,’ the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.”
As for Colin Kaepernick’s most high profile supporters, such as Jemele Hill, their feelings are similar and have been repeatedly made known. Hill has labelled every single Trump supporter as “racist” in the past and is an ardent supporter of the 1619 project.
But still, Colin Kaepernick supporters and like-minded Anti-American groups/individuals always pretend to care when it suits them. We’ve seen this recently in regards to the Capitol protests, where BLM supports and the mainstream media have been foaming at the mouth with accusations of “terrorism” and “insurrection”. Yes, the same people who made “all cops are bastards” a rallying cry last summer are suddenly so worried about cops. They’re so worried that they want a Soviet style crackdown on all state enemies who dare question the regime narrative about the Capitol.
It’s the same bad faith arguments in regards to Kaepernick’s anthem protests, and Americans need to stop falling for it. Colin Kaepernick and other high profile BLM leaders clearly believe that America is an irredeemable, racist state. This is why they kneel for the flag, which is something that Americans of all races have rallied around for generations. People who are interested in unity don’t devalue unifying symbols, which is what Kaepernick’s movement was all about. It opened the door for the outright anti-American insurrection (the real, corporate sponsored one) that we saw all summer. All while running the narrative that Kaepernick was “never kneeling for the flag.”
If American right wingers want to avoid a descent into hell, they have to start playing hardball. Things like Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests and subsequent propaganda surrounding them highlight that the American right fundamentally fails to understand the game being played. The validity behind what Kaepernick says doesn’t matter and it won’t matter if you call people like him a hypocrite. They’re going to do what they wanna do, and there won’t be any shame about it. Conservatives can continue to moan about how it’s hypocritical and not fair about what globalists do as they remove freedom after freedom.
Learn to recognize bad faith actors and arguments, like the anthem protests, and act accordingly.