While you and your friends and family may have been having fun celebrating our nation’s independence on Saturday, failed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not in a good mood.
No, the marker of 1776 brought out an opportunistic petulance in Kaepernick that he wanted to share with the rest of us.
In a Twitter message he denounced the nation’s 244th birthday as a “celebration of white supremacy.” He must be talking about the supremacy of dirt poor whites in Appalachia or the heroin addiction rates in Harlan County, Kentucky. Perhaps he was mentioning the supremacy of the 300,000 Union dead who fought to end slavery. Or surely he meant the supremacy of the white parents who brought him up (pictured above) and apparently did such a bad job doing so.
Along with a video showing images of the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynching, Kaepernick wrote: “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”
Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of “independence”, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all. ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YCD2SYlgv4
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2020
But you’d he mistaken if you think Kaepernick meant a word of it. Kaepernick is a classic race hustler. He doesn’t give one damn about blacks, civil rights, or the evils of slavery. He is using this cudgel to get publicity from the media and extort money from gullible guilty whites.
If this wasn’t the case then we would be able to recall Kaepernick’s record of racial agitation before he had his professional problems with the NFL. But guess what? There are none. His mediocre sports talent got him so far and then his professional impotence got the best of him. So what did he do? He skinned the cat a different way and has made more money and received more attention as a race hustler than he ever did as a failed quarterback.
If Kaepernick and people who think like him made their legitimate points about slavery in historical context, they would deserve a fair hearing. Yes, slavery and subsequent Jim Crow was an evil abomination before God and deserves to be remembered as such by every decent American.
But what also needs to be remembered is that without the slavery compromise in 1776, as horrible as it sounds to our ears, with the Southern delegates to the Continental Congress, this nation would never have come into being. The Southerners would have withheld their support for independence. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said our dark bargain with slavery was “like holding a wolf by the ears.”
All the good America has done in the world, including redeeming itself from the monstrous sacrilege of slavery, would never have been accomplished. No economic and technological achievements by Americans, no victory over fascism, no victory over communism. Thus German or Russian, perhaps Japanese, would be the American lingua franca and Kaepernick, as slaves would have already been here if America was stillborn, would have to rely on the tender mercies of those powers when making his arguments.
Somehow I doubt, if the United States of America had never been born on the 4th of July and Kaepernick was talking to another kind of American regime, his views would have been met solely by lucrative endorsement contracts.