Regan Pifer writes that it turns out unemployment has provided Kaepernick a lot of time to think.
During his “sabbatical”, this guy has come up with some deep, philosophical… stuff.
I think the term is “BS”.
And no, he’s not figuring out ways to get a job as a quarterback, but he is tweeting reall smart and likeable statements, such as “comparing modern day police officers to slave catchers.”
Yeah. Not exactly a “touchdown”.
According to one website, after a Hispanic police officer was found not guilty on charges of shooting Philandro Castile last summer, Kapernick tweeted this:
And wrote, “A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequences, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled.”
First of all, is Kaepernick right? Do we have a “system” that actually “condones the killing of people”?
Twelve people sat on this jury for two weeks, including one black woman and one black man. Presumably nearly 17% of that jury, a larger population of black people than exists in the country at large, were not racist against black people and presupposed to support police violence against minorities. Yet this jury, which spent two weeks reviewing all evidence instead of watching a video online for two minutes, unanimously agreed that the police officer in this case was not guilty on all charges.
And whether you agree with this jury decision or not, it’s definitely fair to say that this jury decision was much braver than convicting the police officer of all charges. That is, the mob of people demanding justice in this case were not supporting the police officer so the easiest possible decision by this jury would have been to find this defendant guilty and exit the jury chamber as heroes…
…So if you’re upset with anyone in this case, it should be the jury, not the police officer or the state or city government. The police officer was charged with multiple crimes and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allowed. The state of Minnesota could not have done more here. But a 12 person jury did not believe this police officer was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This happens all the the time in criminal court rooms — being guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is a very high standard to meet when a defendant has excellent legal representation.
A police officer is found not guilty and Kaepernick compares cops to modern day slave catchers.
Not exactly a natural progression.
Most cops today have had nothing to do with slavery.
Most are not racist.
But, of course, it is much more provocative and interesting to post a Kaepernick tweet.
Indeed, “when you adjust police shooting data on a per capita basis to account for the fact that black people commit violent crimes at rates far in excess of their population, white people are more likely to be shot by police than black people even though they produce less crime per capita.”
But Kaepernick has to do something — he is unemployed after all.
He has immersed himself in American political thought and black studies, and he has emerged from the unemployed cave a stronger, wiser man.
This tweet is probably one of his many concussions talking.
But it would be no surprise if he became an activist.
After all, Malcolm X was once a professional wrestler, Martin Luther King, Jr. a baseball player, and Stokely Carmichael, a famed curler.
Kidding. I’m kidding.
Stokely Carmichael was actually a gymnast.
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