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Kaepernick Part II

A recent discussion on Colin Kaepernick's inability to find employment in the NFL swiftly divided into two camps. One group saw the Kaepernick ban in the tradition of other black athletes who faced punishment for speaking out against injustice. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were punished for raising their fists at the Olympics. Ali was stripped of his heavyweight championship for refusing to serve in Vietnam. For the first group, Kaepernick received similar pushback as Ali, Smith, and Carlos. All were accused of disrespecting the country. 

Donald Trump Attacks Civil Rights Legend John C. Lewis.

Representative John C. Lewis does not view Donald Trump as a legitimate President.Lewis believes that Russia and other forces aided Trump's victory. Trump responded with a predictable, insulting tweet condemning Lewis for being all talk and no action. Trump also told Lewis to work on improving the poor, black, and crime-infested neighborhood that the Civil Rights icon represents. Trump has no idea about the location of Lewis', Trump operates from racial bias. Lewis's district includes wealthy areas like Buckhead, the airport, and Georgia Tech. Trump cannot envision a black man representing a wealthy community. Trump is a racist.

Time to Call Off the 2016 Olympics

Russia is lucky in that it has been banned from sending athletes to the Olympics in Rio because of a dying scandal. These athletes will be spared the health risks that athletes headed to Rio will face. The country has the Zika virus. The risks to pregnant women are clear cut. The other public health risk is that infected mosquitos will bite those attending the games, those infected will return to their home countries were they will provide an infected blood source for mosquitos in their native lands. The Olympics provide a source of worldwide infection.

"Pardon The Interruption" Politics Version

"Pardon the Interruption" is a sports analysis show on ESPN. Two hosts review recent sports stories and offer their opinions. One of the key ingredients of the show is a review at the end, noting what the hosts got wrong. Usually this involves errors in memories about events of past games or players statistics. The technique would benefit today's news anchors.

Bernie and the HBCUs

Bernie Sanders had an enormous challenge in gaining traction among black voters. Historically, blacks have not felt that they were important to many Progressive groups. The usual response from some Progressive groups is that the issue being discussed impacts the poor, blacks are poor, they will benefit from our program, The  Progressive assumption is well-intentioned, but it lacks nuance. A prime example of this miscommunication is Sanders plan for free education.Influential politician James Clyburn complemented Sanders on the dedicated to poverty and unemployment

Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, and Martin Luther King Jr.

The upcoming Primaries will tell the tale of inroads that Bernie Sanders made into black voters. Hillary is a name familiar to the black community. Civil Rights hero Bernie Sanders has been working in the background. When faced with the voting divide in South Carolina where the majority of white Democrats support Bernie and the majority of black Democrats support Hillary, white Progressives wonder "What's wrong with blacks?". This is not stated in that blunt term, but it does come in the form of the of why are you voting for a racist like Hillary. Hillary's support for the crime bill and her use of the term "superpredator" are the initial part of the attack.

Driving While Black: Car Purchasing Edition

There is a bill in Congress that challenges government efforts to end a form of discrimination in car loans. Car dealerships can finance car loans. The dealerships work with banks who determine the credit worthiness and suggested cost of the loan. The car dealership can legally add a "markup" to make profit on the loan. In practice the loans are discriminatory. Black and Latinos face a higher markup at the dealership despite their credit rating. In addition, the bank raises the cost of the loan it suggests to the car dealer based on race. Minorities are openly discriminated again in the current system.

Unalienable Rights

Reactionaries abhor change. When minority groups demand the rights guaranteed by the Creator or simply as being human, reactionaries push back. Reactionaries stand athwart history yelling "Stop". For reactionaries things are the way they are because that is the way things were supposed to be. When change occurs, reactionaries demonize the people seeking change. Minorities are criminals or terrorists. Women are emasculating or FemiNazis. Gays are depraved individuals who will rape children and destroy the institution of marriage.

The Great Negro Roundup

There have been recent posts about the dire state of black Americans. The most recent post warns that blacks will be rounded up ad placed in stockades in a fashion similar to the Jews in Germany and the Japanese in the United States. I will get to the nonsense of this fear later. First I will point out the flawed basis of the arguments.


The Underling Theme of the Posts

Sports Reporter Fired by ESPN for Racist Comments

Colin Cowherd was a sports radio host for ESPN. He was headed out the door to take a job with Fox Sports. The exit was hastened when Cowherd on Thursday questioned how complicated the sport of baseball could be given that a third of the players were from the Dominican Republic. Colin Cowherd took to the airwaves on Friday to address the complaints that came in response to his comments. Attempting to clear up the controversy, Cowherd noted that the Dominican Republic was not noted for its world class academic abilities. According to Cowherd, baseball is mostly instincts.

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