Harry Edwards: Kaepernick “a man suddenly becoming aware his house is on fire”

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One of the people Colin Kaepernick talked to before (and after) his decision to sit through the national anthem was noted sociologist and activist Dr. Harry Edwards.

Edwards, who has served as a consultant to the 49ers for more than 30 years, said in the San Francisco Chronicle that he wholeheartedly supported Kaepernick’s decision to become a national lightning rod.

“Colin Kaepernick absolutely has a constitutional right to express his opinion on the politics of diversity in America,” Edwards wrote. “He is courageous, well-informed and steadfast in his position. He is evolving through an awakening and (perhaps) really understanding for the first time (given his background) the true depth and scope of the history of anti-black racial hatred and injustice in America.

“And because it appears to have come to him through self-education as a jarring awareness and stark reality, his response seems more akin to that of a man suddenly becoming aware his house is on fire than the result of a deliberately crafted articulation of a considered political position.”

Edwards has served as a mentor to Kaepernick for some time, and Kaepernick said Sunday that he had discussed issues of race with Edwards many times over the years.

But the professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley saved his harshest criticisms for players such as Victor Cruz and Alex Boone, who have taken Kaepernick to task for his method. He specifically asked where they stood on the deaths of Eric Gardner and Philando Castile, black men who were killed by police in areas that just happen to be close to where the Giants and Vikings practice and play, along with a laundry list of other concerns.

“I would be very interested in their records of protest about these circumstances, because they are so dedicated to “honoring our soldiers” that they would heap caustic criticism upon Kaepernick for sitting during the national anthem,” Edwards wrote. “If they have no such record of vehement protest no less critical than what they have waged against Kaep — well, perhaps then it’s time for them to sit down.

“Talk is cheap, especially when it is expediently wrapped in patriotism and the flag.”

Edwards has long been a proponent for the rights and responsibilities of black athletes, going back to his days at San Jose State, when he worked with Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos before their famous protest at the 1968 Olympics. And while the 49ers football operation might be wavering on Kaepernick as a quarterback, he clearly has the full backing of Edwards as an activist.

229 responses to “Harry Edwards: Kaepernick “a man suddenly becoming aware his house is on fire”

  1. 8 year old was shot and killed by gang violence crossfire in Philadelphia. A father was also killed in crossfire while his daughter is in the back in a car seat. You know which stories between this and those receive more national media attention and inspire more outrage?

  2. “Colin Kaepernick absolutely has a constitutional right to express his opinion on the politics of diversity in America,” Edwards wrote. “He is courageous, well-informed and steadfast in his position. He is evolving through an awakening and (perhaps) really understanding for the first time (given his background) the true depth and scope of the history of anti-black racial hatred and injustice in America.

    The same thing could’ve been said about George Zimmerman during his trial… Let’s just all stop being idiots.

  3. It’s like an avowed atheist going to their Catholic in-laws for dinner and causing a scene during grace.

    There is a correct time and place, and the pregame ceremony isn’t it. Start with actions that will make a difference, not “look at me I’m down with a cause” hash-tag activism.

  4. He set his own house on fire, but this Edwards guy lit the match and placed it in Kaep’s hand.

  5. “Colin Kaepernick absolutely has a constitutional right to express his opinion on the politics of diversity in America,”
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    I don’t think this is being disputed. The issue is that there is a time and place for everything. Even an expression of an opinion. A football game is not the place to stir up controversy.

    I watch a football game to be entertained by football. If I want controversial politics then on to CNN/CSPAN/etc.

  6. Yeah, self-education. He started dating an “activist DJ”, that’s when he “woke up”. He is doing it for tail.

  7. If Kaep was born to white parents, he wouldn’t have a job right now. Since he’s bi-racial, he has a few supporters, and a few celebrities that think what he did was somehow courageous. You know, if you feel that black people are so oppressed, take that money you have and put it towards them. Sitting down did nothing. Take your money and put it towards better neighborhoods, better schools, better education, etc. That’s taking a stand.

  8. 8 year old was shot and killed by gang violence crossfire in Philadelphia. A father was also killed in crossfire while his daughter is in the back in a car seat. You know which stories between this and those receive more national media attention and inspire more outrage?

    There’s a serious drug Edpiemic involving a lot of white people overdosing on Opioids in States like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, West Virgina.You know which stories between this and those receiving more national media attention and that inspire more outrage? A wall.

  9. From this article and Dr. Harry Edwards comment….

    “But the professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley saved his harshest criticisms for players such as Victor Cruz and Alex Boone, who have taken Kaepernick to task for his method. ”
    It is Cruz and Boone’s right to take Kaepernick “to task” with THEIR views! THEY HAVE THE RIGHT, TOO Doctor!

  10. “Edwards, who has served as a consultant to the 49ers for more than 30 years”
    ____________
    This is the most interesting part of the whole article. 30 years consulting with the team? On what exactly? And despite being a paid consultant to the team he gave Kaepernick probably the exact opposite advice as what the team would have wanted? Was the team informed of this all ahead of time? Does he mentor other players besides Kaepernick? Lots of interesting questions there.

  11. Hoover’s and Stanford’s Thomas Sowell would likely inform Harry Edwards that he should be publicly flogged for poisoning young black minds with this unreasonable and ill-informed trash.

  12. Oh Great now we know why CK has acted like an idiot, he has a lifelong racist activist as his mentor. All along I wasn’t sure whether his behavior had been influenced by his Muslim girl friend or some other outside influence. Now we know.

    This guy wants you to believe isolated incidents against two black men are the norm and that American oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Men like Harry Edwards focus on what is wrong in American instead of what is right and how things have improved. Inner city residents who have supported the Democratic party for years should ask themselves what has the party done for us! CK and his notoriety is being used as a tool by this man to promulgate his lifelong quest.

  13. The guy is an idiot. You can tell by the way he talks. He has no clue what police go through or about how their actions aren’t judged in the same manner as regular citizens. He also doesn’t have the mentality to understand the facts that surround a lot of these police killings which were completely justified in many instances. Just another foolish BLM blowhard whining to get attention he doesn’t get anymore because his football career is evaporating.

    You don’t respect the flag?
    Well then get the heck out of our country!

  14. The 49ers employ Kaep to play football, not bring in politics. There’s a time and a place for that, and it’s not on the football field. If you feel that blacks are that oppressed, take your money you’ve made and help the communities out. You had no problem making that American money, so why not spend it on those people you feel have been oppressed. Seems pretty cut and dry to me. I’ve tried to be as open minded as I can be about Kaep, because I’ve always defended him, but if you don’t like America, you can always leave.

  15. It appears that Kaep’s on-the-field awareness is on par with his off-the-field awareness. If he is as “self-educated” as is claimed, he’s staring at one issue with tunnel vision. Perhaps he should educate himself on the facts of ALL violence instead of cherry-picking the Black Lives Matter movement as his reasoning.

  16. There are other, MORE PRODUCTIVE ways to highlight the trigger happy cop problems instead of dissing the flag and our country. For instance, how about agitating your representatives to write a bill requiring an independent investigation that happens at a state or federal level whenever a cop kills or injures somebody as a result of firing their gun? That way the local politicians are left out as DAs are reluctant to bring charges against local cops who they have a close working relationship with. That would go a LONG way to weeding out the few bad apples that, unfortunately, most blue brethren protect even though they make the vast majority of good cops look bad… But then that work would mostly be taking place behind the scenes, which is not the MO for a bicep kissing, grandstanding, selfish player like Kaep.

  17. “Via his nonprofit, Warrick Dunn Charities, Dunn successfully provided his 139th home to a single mom. Something you probably won’t hear about in the mainstream media, but no worries because notoriety isn’t the motivation for Dunn. He just wants to make a difference in the lives of people that need help.”

    Hey Colin – you want to make a difference? instead of calling attention to yourself by doing what you did – maybe you should hook up with Warrick Dunn and DO SOMETHING about things and help people out with the tens of millions of dollars you’ve made.

    But I guess not standing is all about you and not the cause you are fighting for. I think you probably know how to get in touch with Mr Dunn.

  18. Lots of big words. Most commenters on here are surly confused. Although I bet anyone who is against Kaepernick using his right to free speech didn’t bother to read any of the article. Most just scrolled down to the bottom to quickly type he’s a bum.

  19. Kaepernick is a man suddenly becoming a political vegan hipster nitwit.
    What brought this on? Is it the hipster coffee shop disease called “listen to my crap. Aren’t I smart? I complain about everything.”

  20. Colin Kapernick sat down during the National Anthem thinking that he was protesting people that oppress minorities and corrupt politicians…but….what he did was disrespect the people that have placed our flag and anthem in such high regard which is veterans of all backgrounds who are currently serving and who have lost their lives for the same ideals of what Colin Kapernick is preaching about. His mind and thoughts are in the right place but his protest hit home with the opposite group of people for which it was intended for.

  21. I think Jim Harblaaah is responsible for this mess called the 49ers after all he brought this punk in.Then left the poor fool on his own.

  22. meanwhile there are men and women of less fortune making bigger impacts on social justice just by being available to talk to kids.

    And then there is Collin just sitting there setting the table for even greater changes. Yeah right.

  23. The problem with race in this boils down to one side doesn’t think there is much while the others is always looking where it doesn’t exist. The problem is it does exist with racists of both colts. And their are many professional race baiters looking under every unturned rock for imagined slights that don’t exist. Kap needs advice from someone without a history of trying to create problems rather solve them. Edwards is not the unbiased objective council he needs.

  24. Over 400 people dead in Chicago-black on black crime so far this year-including Dwayne Wade’s cousin.

    Where is THAT coverage??? Why is there no outrage?
    That is an absolute epidemic.
    Crickets……..

    The media cherry picks white on black conflict, then distorts it-leading to the hate we see today from both sides of the aisle.

    Obama has inflamed it, Clinton further inflames the rage! And, if you are a sheople, you begin to believe that liberal lie.

    Kaep further enflames this lie, hence, much anger!

  25. If police violence immediately stopped forever, would that fix everything? Seems like gangs, drugs, the education system and erosion of family structure are all bigger issues and affect millions of people compared to hundreds. Why does the media want to hide these things comparitively speaking?

  26. African American culture is up-in-arms over a perceived notion that policeman are racist and out to get them but the more seriously alarming numbers of black on black crime are exempt from outrage… Come up with some actual solutions to these problems instead of just seeking attention and burning stuff down… Makes no sense

  27. Oh look, a couple really old black guys who probably remember Rosa Parks personally. They were around when things were REALLY racially charged…segregated drinking-fountains, no blacks allowed in establishments, turning the fire-hoses on the protesters, etc.

    This is the guy that Colin has been talking to? No wonder this is happening.

    Racism will ALWAYS exist…it’s not just black/white. Ask the chinese how they feel about the Japanese(history) and vice-versa. Racism is human nature usually born from ignorance, which will ALWAYS be there. You are not born racists. Put a group of five year olds together all different races…they will all play together and not see color whatsoever. Twenty years later things are quite different.

    Go ahead and ruin your career(as if your play hadn’t already done that). Nobody will change, nothing will change. Not because of you …

  28. It’s like an avowed atheist going to their Catholic in-laws for dinner and causing a scene during grace.

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    To go with your analogy, wouldn’t it be like not praying during grace? That’s causing a scene?

  29. Someone compared it to an atheist making a scene at a Catholic supper, except Kaep didn’t make a scene. He didn’t say a word until asked.

    Police & police leadership disrespect the flag every time an unarmed or surrendering person is killed and mgmt. covers it up or hands down no punishment. I’m a vet – 12 years US Navy, and I support him. There is a whole lot that isn’t equal in this country – including the inequality of prison time given for the same crime.

    BTW, the Stanford Swimmer is getting out of jail this week after serving 3 months of a 6 month sentence for good behavior. This is like saying a bank robber was released for good behavior – umm, there are no banks in jail for him to get in trouble for robbing.

  30. Stop with the 1st amendment stuff. He has a right to speak on HIS TIME and that is only to a point. (can he sneak into the stands and start yelling ‘Fire’?)

    As it stands, he’s making a statement on COMPANY TIME. So, if I own the Niners, I say do it on YOUR time, not MINE.

    I must conclude that this is lost on the owner or he sides with CK.

  31. As soon as I heard black activist it all becomes clear. Only problem is to make his case he has to show more blacks die at the hands of police every year than other races.

    Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Stone cold numbers show nearly twice as many white people every year are killed by interactions with police.

    That’s the facts. Police are dispatched to areas where crime is high, and that’s usually getto infested neighborhoods. That’s why higher percentages of blacks have negative interactions with police.

    The fix is simple. Instead of blaming the entire white race, or justice system, how about we make a conscious effort to not commit criminal acts? And when you do comply instead of trying to assault police and everything will get better.

    Easy, right?

    All the protests are for profit. It’s being funded by an anarchist trying to destroy the justice system in America. Some people would rather have anarchy and turn America into Somalia, Nigeria, and the Middle East.

    The police are never going to just ignore criminal acts and that’s what groups like black lives matter seek. a lawless country.

  32. Maybe the “esteemed” Mr. Edwards might want to tell all of the oppressed people of any color that when you are asked/told to stop, drop your weapon, etc. just do it. It might just cut down on a lot of police “brutality” that happens. They might not shoot if people would just comply. And the “esteemed” Mr. Edwards might want to recheck the statistics of who gets shot more by police – people of color vs “white” people.

  33. A lot of people are going to feel real stupid if in about 40 years or so, Kaepernick is looked upon as a pioneer in the dialogue is race relations in this country.
    Just Sayin.

  34. I think he has a ton of talent, but given the way his performance has been recently, if he’s spending much time on things other than football, his career will take the direction of Josh Freeman and JaMarcus Russell.

  35. So many ignorant trolls on here (who I am guessing are voting for Trump). Comparing gang violence to police brutality and killings of unarmed black men is idiotic. We give more attention to police misconduct because they are supposed to protect us, not kill us! If you think that the national anthem and faux patriotism is somehow going to “make us great”, then you are burying your head in the sand and ignoring the plight of millions of people who have yet to experience justice for all, and the right for a dignified life liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

  36. If the sole purpose of Kaep’s protest was to put on view the vast ignorance of the uneducated average joe, he’s done a masterful job of exposing it.

  37. 1st No other Major sport treats their players worst than the NFL.
    2nd. Money doesn’t stop you or your family from being victims of injustice.
    When you see a Child murdered in the park seconds after cops arriving should make anyone sick to their stomach.
    3rd the Flag was created during Slavery. The Anthem written by a Slave Neither were created with Blacks in mind those are just the facts.
    4th I wonder how Whites would feel if roles were reversed? Would they so happily stand for the flag?

  38. I’m sorry, but Kaepernick is not well-informed.

    If he was, he would have directed his anger at all of the black lives lost in America due to crime and violence, not just those lives taken by a small number of instances of police brutality. Where is the outcry from Kaepernick over all the lives lost in gang violence that has been ravaging Chicago over the last decade?

    Is it “Black Lives Matter” or is it “The only Black Lives that Matter are those which are taken at the hands of white police officers”?

  39. 1st No other Major sport treats their players worst than the NFL.
    2nd. Having Money doesn’t stop you or your family from being victims of injustice.
    When you see a Child murdered in the park seconds after cops arriving should make anyone sick to their stomach.
    3rd the Flag created during Slavery. The Anthem written by a Slave Neither were created with Blacks in mind those are just the facts.
    4th I wonder how Whites would feel if roles were reversed? Would they so happily stand for the flag?

  40. Ahh yes, the PFT commentariat is much more fit to speak on race relations than a Professor Emeritus in Sociology at one of the leading research universities IN THE WORLD.

    Black man communicates points, ruffling white America’s feathers; more at 11..

  41. Just because Kaep has the right doesn’t mean it’s the right time or place. Consider: on a football field the focus is on competing and winning. Some societal norms do not apply on the field. For example the violent nature of the sport would be assault and battery off the field. Some of the trash talk would be slander.

    Also, Kaep has put his teammates and coaches in an awkward position and he has taken their focus off their mission to address his new cause.

    And what has his protest accomplished? Is it raising anymore awareness? No. People are talking about his act and not his cause.

    Would rather have seen him do a national press conference or ad campaign or set up a foundation to address the issues. He has the platform to do so.

  42. We give more attention to police misconduct because they are supposed to protect us, not kill us!
    =========================
    Let’s go a step further here… Why do SOME cops seem trigger happy?? The majority of criminals are packing heat and resisting arrest, that’s why

  43. Two points to make

    1. He did this to attract attention to a cause he feels strongly about. He absolutely attracted the attention he wanted so I’d say that part of his protest is a rip roaring success.

    2. Most of the comments on this and the other threads about his protest demonstrate exactly why he’s protesting. Which means the problem has been identified but not dealt with. I’d call that a work in progress.

    I predict progress will be incredibly slow and painful.

  44. I would have had allot more respect for him if he did this when he was a winning, starting QB. Now he’s a backup who’s been on the trading block for months and wants out of SF.
    His contract is guaranteed if he’s released, and its obvious no other team wants this guy. He wants to be relevant again, and this is his method.
    ITS EASY TO TAKE A STAND WHEN YOU HAVE LITTLE TO LOSE.

  45. What the hell does history have to do with his activism? Race relations had been improving decade after decade until the Obama administration said enough was enough. Democrats need the black vote, thus the rekindled divisiveness.

  46. How did you all feel when you watched police dogs biting innocent peaceful protesters in the 60’s or how about the recent death by Police as they choked a man to death in NY. How did that make you feel? How about all the police shooting of unarmed black men just this year. Well they all were exonerated of all charges. Some people are just flat out tired of the injustice in America. You have to ask what can I do to help. C.K most likely has been in tears watching this injustice. So this is his contribution to stopping the madness.

  47. No one is disputing his right to protest, it’s how he’s going about it.

    Compounding this were his emotional but nonetheless incoherent regurgitation of sound bites about both presidential candidates.

    And just how many self-awakenings can one guy have? 5 or 6 years ago that was given as the backstory for his tats.

    Give this, I think if he’s not going to stand, then he should go all in and not play at all.

  48. No one is disputing his right to protest, it’s how he’s going about it.

    Compounding this were his emotional but nonetheless incoherent regurgitation of sound bites about both presidential candidates.

    And just how many self-awakenings can one guy have? 5 or 6 years ago that was given as the backstory for his tats.

    Give this, I think if he’s not going to stand, then he should go all in and not play at all. Protest involves sacrifice.

  49. I love how folks use crimes African Americans comit against one another as a platform to dis credit police brutality or any other racist or questionable acts commited against people of brown skin. So basically because blacks are killing one another in one part of the country they should not mention anything but that.

    Police brutality should not be mentioned until the coloreds fix Chicago and the rest of the murders they commit against each other. Till then shut your black mouths…is that about right?

    Oh but more whites are killed by police and you do not hear them complaining. When will the blacks learn

  50. Can we go back to talking football? This is a football site, right? Not downplaying the situation or whatever, but there are many other forums for this discussion…it has been beat to death ad nauseam on PFT..no one is changing their opinion on the subject…can we just move on?

  51. Colin is a clown on and off the field. Did he talk about the overarching numbers of blacks that killer blacks? Maybe Colin should take some time to read Colin Flaherty’s work and videos. The white privilege narrative (myth) is still going strong.

  52. “Colin Kaepernick absolutely has a constitutional right to express his opinion on the politics of diversity in America,”
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    This isn’t about constitutional rights. Congress hasn’t passed a law prohibiting him from not standing. It’s not a ‘constitutional’ issue. The NFL and the 49ers are a private organization and can allow or prohibit his ‘speech’ if they so wish.

  53. Everyone has a right to free speech and the right to express yourself. However, the Constitution only provides you protection from the government. It doesn’t protect you from the consequences of what you say or do. While he has the right to sit, and to advance his agenda, others have the right to criticize him and refuse to support him. Defending his right while criticizing others for expressing themselves by speaking out against him is hypocritcal.

  54. Obviously, CK is not very well read or worldly. He appears to get most of his news/information from a very limited/slanted sources. And his only mentor (who is obviously his mouthpiece), has an agenda he’s been pushing forever.

  55. ladiesandedelman says:
    Aug 31, 2016 2:03 PM

    Colin Kapernick sat down during the National Anthem thinking that he was protesting people that oppress minorities and corrupt politicians…but….what he did was disrespect the people that have placed our flag and anthem in such high regard which is veterans of all backgrounds who are currently serving and who have lost their lives for the same ideals of what Colin Kapernick is preaching about. His mind and thoughts are in the right place but his protest hit home with the opposite group of people for which it was intended for.
    ————————-

    BS. Enough with the dishonoring the Military Industrial Complex nonsense.

    Exactly how do you dishonor someone that fought for your right to freedom of expression, when all you are doing is freely expressing yourself?

  56. When Kap gives away all of his money to help “the cause” call me.

    Because until then he is just another wealthy hypocrite flapping his jaws creating sound and fury and signifying NOTHING.

    You want to change the world become Ghandi and lead by example not an “activist” leading with your mouth demanding someone “do something” while you lead a wealthy capitalist life.

    Want to bet his “activist” girlfriend drops his sorry unemployed butt once he is no longer hauling down $11 unearned mil a year?

  57. “He is evolving through an awakening and (perhaps) really understanding for the first time (given his background) the true depth and scope of the history of anti-black racial hatred and injustice in America.”

    So he is saying that, had Kap not been raised by a white family he would have been oppressed and not given a chance to use his talents?

    How about instead of being a lightning rod, you be an umbrella and HELP the people who are oppressed and struggling rather than be a flash and a bang and gone?

  58. Harry Edwards: Kaepernick “a man suddenly becoming aware his house is on fire”
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    It should read:
    Kaepernick “a man suddenly becoming aware his career is on fire”

  59. Wow with a race baiting hater like that as a “mentor”, how could he go wrong?

    Police brutality and unnecessary killings are a real issue. Black lives matter. Of course. If police procedures can be improved, and I’m sure they can be, then they should be. Real issue.

    But is that an indictment of America? How many blacks are killed by cops unjustifiably? 10 a year? Does it matter? One is too many, but they take a few tragic incidents and turn it into a lynch mob against police. It’s a handful a year, through police mistakes or fear of being shot.

    Why would cops fear being shot? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because hundreds are killed every year, on purpose?

    So he’s going to protest “America” because of a few tragic incidents?

  60. Edwards is a stone cold racist. He’s been poisoning ill informed, impressionable minds for a long time now. Looks like he got to another naive and directionless person.

  61. hokies4life says:
    Aug 31, 2016 2:24 PM

    “3rd the Flag created during Slavery. The Anthem written by a Slave Neither were created with Blacks in mind those are just the facts.”

    ****************************
    Anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. The anthem was written at the battle of Ft. Henry near Baltimore. Had nothing to do with slavery. Sometimes the uninformed refer to the third stanza for slavery, however that stanza was written regarding the American sailors that had been kidnapped and pressed into service on the British warships.

    I will give you credit on the flag created during slavery, though the original Betsy Ross flag was not created during slavery. Indeed the flag was created a month before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The flag has been updated several times since then so of course some of the American flags were created during slavery.

  62. “Talk is cheap, especially when it is expediently wrapped in patriotism and the flag.”
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    Talk is cheap, especially when you ignore the insane black on black murder rate.

  63. heatup1:

    I personally know no one that would agree with peaceful protesters being attacked. But just FYI, police are shooting a lot of people…not just people of color…look it up. There are, I’m sure, bad apples in the police force, and they need weeded out. Further, I’m personally tired of the hate speak from every side…some of the commentary from people of color after the Dallas shooting was downright disgraceful. Gleefully posting that they were happy about the police officers losing their lives. So there you have it, we can sit and point fingers all day long, solving nothing in the process, or we can ALL look in the mirror and become part of the solution.

  64. Send Harry to Carolina to agitate Newt. That would be fun. Pretty soon all NFL games played in protective bubbles to keep the fans from damaging the players.

  65. It now is obvious that Dr. Edwards is the race baiter behind Kap’s statements. If he would just look at the big picture he would see a pathetic government promoting policies that destroy the family and then try to assume that role themselves. Let’s just give money to unwed mothers to have babies, with no or few father figures around to help raise the children they have grown up idolizing rap gangsters, with very little usable education, they aren’t able to get or sustain a decent job, there only source of legitimate income is the government. And more times than not they get into trouble because they are not raised and educated to be prepared to work at any job, thus they are thrown into a life a crime. The police are just enforcing the laws, the vast majority of the time they are not the problem. The problem is that we have vast sections of this country that are not working, not educated and then they get in trouble. The solution is not and never will be to further educate & train the police, the solution is to educate the entire population and expect them to be productive members of this country.

  66. stexan says:
    Aug 31, 2016 2:29 PM

    I predict progress will be incredibly slow and painful.
    —————————————————————

    The reality regarding “progressing” is that one may “progress” in any number of directions, for better or worse.

    The sobering reality regarding modern progressives is that it seems to be a rule among them that they presuppose any movement favorable to their cause is the “right” direction.

    “Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast.”

  67. He absolutely has the right to be a disrespectful poser, brainwashed and used by a guy who’s livelihood depends on perpetuating the stereotype.

    We absolutely have the right to point it out to him in the funniest way possible for our own entertainment, then disregard him completely.

    God, I love this country.

  68. I have no issue with Kaepernick’s motives. I think he is badly misguided. Sitting for the anthem because the country is (to him) oppressive and racist doesn’t solve a thing. There is no need for “awareness.” If you genuinely believe there is no racism and oppression in America, you either don’t have enough functioning brain cells to be out in public unsupervised, or you are in a state of denial like no other. We all know there is racism and oppression. All sitting for the anthem does is call the country racist and oppressive. I will listen to someone who says this more easily if they are saying it while in the process of doing something about it. Organize a gathering of people of all races to discuss their experiences. Spend part of your salary improving a minority neighborhood you believe to be oppressed.

    Talk is cheap. DO something.

  69. If I understood it right, Kaepernick recently converted to Islam. If so, how does he feel about Islams attitude toward gays and women? Far more transparent oppression than anything he is talking about. Can you spell hypocrite?
    Harry Edwards, nothing more than a shallow sociologist using his thinly veiled racism to support his arguments. The David Duke of the black community.

  70. If the Black community thinks the White community is going give them respect based on their recent action (looting, rioting, encouraging the killing of cops, screaming racism at the drop of a hat, killing their own, blaming their actions on slavery) they’re wrong and the White community is really just laughing at their feeble attempts to create an injustice that does not exist!!

  71. classyjacklambert says:
    Aug 31, 2016 1:51 PM

    The same thing could’ve been said about George Zimmerman during his trial… Let’s just all stop being idiots.
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    classykacklambert, you’re comparing the actions of a passive protest to those of a biggoted , wife-abusing, murderer ??? you need to take a good hard look at yourself, ridiculous……….

  72. Be careful who your mentors are folks. It may very well end your career aspirations. Armed Forces Game in San Diego on Thursday night….going to be a lot of proud Americans in the stands.

  73. you’re comparing the actions of a passive protest to those of a biggoted , wife-abusing, murderer ???
    ========================
    Murderer? George was getting his head slammed against the pavement multiple times over and over and over… Classic case of self defense

  74. He’s a lifetime Social Justice Warrior. He needs to read Burgess Owens book and get some insight. Over 50 years of Liberalism has poisoned his race. I know litle about him, however had he been “vehemently protesting” what goes on in urban areas with black on black crime, I’d probably have heard of him.

    The bottom line though is that by reacting, we are giving Kaepernick a platform. he should be ignored, from this day forward.

  75. I would like to hear EXACTLY how black people are being oppressed TODAY. I dont want to hear about 70 years ago because its time to get over it. I’ve seen all of these police shooting videos. Those officers screwed up, but do you know how they all start? With the “victim” not doing what the officer tells them to do. Dont argue with the police, just shut up and do what they tell you.

  76. Nothing new. If you’re black in America, it’s been, HOT, for hundreds of years. So let’s just be honest here. IF YOU DON’T SEE THAT THERE IS A HUGE PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY, THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    Here we are fighting amongst ourselves. You know this mess ain’t fair. Never has been. But we have to decide that it can be! Stop the superficial hatred. Just angry for no reason other than jealousy and envy. Hate will destroy all of us, collectively. What!

  77. It’s not too hard to understand.
    If you are billionaire Donald Trump, you can complain that our Justice Dept (FBI) is corrupt, our judges are corrupt (because of their Mexican heritage), our polls are rigged, that our country is “losing at everything” and lots of people cheer and support him.
    But if a black man complains about justice, and heaven forbid that a black millionaire (!!!!!) complains about American justice in a quiet and dignified way, he will be figuratively lynched by many people including but not limited to the same bozos who support Trump.
    It simply proves CK’s case that we have a long way to go. Instigation, leads to discomfort, leads to discussion, leads to (parades?), leads to learning and acceptance of necessary changes, and things eventually get better. Same for historical civil rights and women’s sufferage, same for modern day civil rights and justice.
    I respect the anthem, get misty eyed every time. I’v esung it over the PA system at football games. I am proud of our country and proud of people who risk their fortune and fame to stand up for what they believe in especially when they are taking a stand for justice for the oppressed.

  78. How educated of the facts is he really? To suggest that racism is an epidemic in this country is absurd. A twice elected Black president. Black Female Attorney General preceded by a Black Male AG. Black and Latino Supreme Court Justices ect ect.

    The racial instigators of the BLM movement, which is based on complete falsehoods and outright lies, are the real problems here. Openly advocating for the murder of Law Enforcement officers is creating the problems.

  79. Quite a cesspool of ignorance going on in here. Just watch football and keep fiddling. Everything will be OK. Everything will be OK. Everything will be OK. Everything will be OK. USA, USA, USA, USA, USA

  80. Vote Democrat, listen to empty promises, blame the other side’s “racism” for lack of progress, rinse, repeat.

    How has that been working out for you?

    I wish more people would listen to Alan West’s voice.

  81. key2heat says:
    Aug 31, 2016 2:03 PM
    FACT cops kill more white people by far.

    FACT black people kill more black people by far

    ________________________________________

    One thing that really bothers me is false narrative.

    so the FACT you mention, yes more white people are killed NUMBER BUT, are a much higher percentage of the population. FACT: you are 2.5 times MORE LIKELY to be shot be a cop if you are black than if you are white.

    ALSO, not you, but others have blamed this on his conversion to Islam, which is also False. it appears to have been a made up facebook post that was picked up by Hannity on his radio show

  82. The idiot wore a Fidel Castro t-shirt to his press conference. Perfect for when you are protesting oppression, right? Ignorant tool

  83. Harry Edwards has been a long time mentor of many athletes. Only Neanderthals don’t know who Harry Edwards is, and think Edwards reference to Kaepernick “only now realizing his house is on fire” was a reference to the criticism to his taking a stand.

    Edwards was referencing Kaep maturing, and having not been raised in a black household, is now realizing what the troubles come being black in america for the “average” non athlete.

    White america is so clueless

  84. Courageous? Well informed?

    How many Whites have been killed by Blacks in the US 2016 versus how many Blacks have been killed by Whites?

    How many Blacks have been killed by Blacks in 2016?

    How many cops have been killed by Blacks this year?

    How many Blacks dessert their families versus how many Whites?

    If you want to be courageous Kaepernick, tell the underclass of the Black community to stop ripping itself apart and then blaming everyone else for its problems.

  85. Yes, CK has the constitutional right to protest. No one has disputed that. Whether he chose the right time or not is a bigger question. And perhaps to bring the issue to (or keep it in) the forefront of the news, as a one time thing, perhaps he was right. Any continued sitting, however, is disrespectful to the flag that those who fought for his right to protest stood as brothers in arms, regardless of race (and gender) fought under.

    He’s taken the first step. The next step is for him to do something about it. Take some of his *sarcasm on* racially oppressed income gap salary (because, as part of the oppression, the salary gap is included) *sarcasm off* and donate it to some of the causes he allegedly suddenly cares about….

  86. dmretrogames says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:25 PM
    Vote Democrat, listen to empty promises, blame the other side’s “racism” for lack of progress, rinse, repeat.

    How has that been working out for you?

    I wish more people would listen to Alan West’s voice.
    ——
    the Uncle Tom? Ever notice the right wing loves to hold up uncle tom’s, like West and SCJ Clarence Thomas as a frame of reference for blacks they like. You don’t get to pick and choose who black people should hold in high esteem. Deal with it.

  87. And so it is written, so let it be said, Americans are cowards when it comes to racial issues.

    A man takes a stand in passive, silent protest, in the tradition of Ghandi and Martin Luther King, but that’s not the way he should protest?

    As a veteran, he did no disrespect to me or any other. However, instead of discussing his cause, we’re upset about his method, the venue and the timing.

    I’ll leave this right here: there is no wrong time or place to protest injustice. Like an advertisement at primetime, you do it when it has the MOST impact.

  88. crewchief15 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:10 PM
    If the Black community thinks the White community is going give them respect based on their recent action (looting, rioting, encouraging the killing of cops, screaming racism at the drop of a hat, killing their own, blaming their actions on slavery) they’re wrong and the White community is really just laughing at their feeble attempts to create an injustice that does not exist!!
    ——-
    So said the man who not one day in his life had to endure racism. Clueless

  89. The black militant movement is no different than the Kx3. They advocate the same things for their race.

    The race hustlers in America have done a fine job. Congratulations.

  90. This “doctor” has given Kaepernick some extremely poor advice. What Kaepernick has really done is plant his knife into the back of an American institution that actually promotes positive race relations: the NFL. He is now so toxic that not only will the 49er’s cut him, no other team will touch him. He should keep in mind that he is still holding the match that started the fire that burned his house down.

  91. See there are lots and lots and lots of you who get your info from the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Breibart, Limbaugh. Those people make a living off stirring the pot, and as someone who has seen them and others behind the scenes for years–they literally laugh at what they can get folks like you to believe. I am not saying go liberal–not at all–we have plenty enough of that–I am saying get your head out of you a** and learn to think for yourself. Its painfully obvious 99% of the comments above are doing the opposite of that. Don’t be a puppet of those who make their entire living off of duping you into an emotional and ill-informed reaction to some crap nonsense they make up or misuse statistical analysis to bend some argument. I hope some of you might be smarter than that.

  92. Those that say “Get out of the country” seem to have no understanding that our country was built upon protest.

    These words should guide you: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

  93. This race baiter’s shtick is old.
    If you want to be treated equal, act equal.
    Period.
    Act like a nitwit and you’ll be treated as such.
    That’s what’s going on.

  94. Kaep has every right to not stand on his own time. My only question is does he really have the right to do so at work? Do the 9ers have the right to tell him to stand?

  95. I am not interested in the off-field activities of NFL players. Their opinions are no more important than anyone else. All I care about is what they do inside that white rectangle during the season.

  96. “Colin Kaepernick absolutely has a constitutional right to express his opinion on the politics of diversity in America,” Edwards wrote.

    “If they have no such record of vehement protest no less critical than what they have waged against Kaep — well, perhaps then it’s time for them to sit down.

    So, the good doctor appears to be saying that everyone has a right to speak, as long as they agree with him. Good to know that.

  97. If Kaepernick is angry that white America has oppressed black America, shouldn’t he be mad at himself because his white half oppressed his black half?

  98. brassknuckles47 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 1:58 PM

    From this article and Dr. Harry Edwards comment….

    “But the professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley saved his harshest criticisms for players such as Victor Cruz and Alex Boone, who have taken Kaepernick to task for his method. ”
    It is Cruz and Boone’s right to take Kaepernick “to task” with THEIR views! THEY HAVE THE RIGHT, TOO Doctor!

    ________________________________

    Precisely….and if I come out and say Dr. Edwards is a whack job, I’m automatically going to be labeled a racist because I don’t see his view and he happens to be black. Yet that same shoe somehow doesn’t fit on the foot of Dr. Edwards. I’m hoping you clowns justifying this and Kaep saw his last presser when he got up in front of the podium wearing a pro-Castro tee shirt? You know….the biggest oppressor of people in the history of the world maybe, outside of today’s North Korea. Good Lord….my kids and grandkids are so effed.

  99. He (Edwards) represents what’s wrong with our higher education in this country. Racism is wrong on either side of the fence. He should be talking about the oppression that liberal policies have forced on our minorities…

  100. I have been reading these comments for days. The problem is a total lack of respect for each other in every aspect of our lives. Once human life became so cheap to all races, every other aspect of what we all should value went down the drain. The truth hurts.

  101. nomoreseasontix says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:55 PM
    This race baiter’s shtick is old.
    If you want to be treated equal, act equal.
    Period.
    Act like a nitwit and you’ll be treated as such.
    That’s what’s going on.
    ——
    You could have ten lives and not “equal” the amount of good Harry Edwards has done. Stick to what you know, which is nothing apparently.

  102. skawh | Aug 31, 2016, 3:45 PM EDT
    crewchief15 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:10 PM
    If the Black community thinks the White community is going give them respect based on their recent action (looting, rioting, encouraging the killing of cops, screaming racism at the drop of a hat, killing their own, blaming their actions on slavery) they’re wrong and the White community is really just laughing at their feeble attempts to create an injustice that does not exist!!
    ——-
    So said the man who not one day in his life had to endure racism. Clueless

    You have two posts that show you are truly the”clueless” one as you lable people as racist who disagree with you. If you are taking the higher ground be sure you have the ethics and morals to support you or you have become what you hate and scorn. Good luck your heart is very dark and cold.

  103. Colin,when someone great athlete makes a bone head statement it gets lost by the PR dept. When someone on the bubble does it, get a new job.

  104. skawh says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:45 PM

    crewchief15 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:10 PM
    If the Black community thinks the White community is going give them respect based on their recent action (looting, rioting, encouraging the killing of cops, screaming racism at the drop of a hat, killing their own, blaming their actions on slavery) they’re wrong and the White community is really just laughing at their feeble attempts to create an injustice that does not exist!!
    ——-
    So said the man who not one day in his life had to endure racism. Clueless
    ———–
    And you know this how? Are you so clueless that you think that blacks are not racist, I work in a environment that is majority black and many of these people(not all) treat me as if I do not exist, won’t even respond to a hello. You’re one of those that believe racism only exist in the White community, how do even tie your shoes?

  105. Harry Edwards LOVES to hear himself talk. Wake me when he says something different than he usually says. The guys a broken record.

  106. There is no saving this country. The founding fathers are collectively rolling over in their graves with the profound disappointment of the ideals they bestowed upon us and how little progress we’ve made fulfilling those promises. And really that’s Kaepernick’s point. If you aren’t disappointed, you haven’t been paying attention.

  107. The propaganda mobile is now running and at a high rate of speed. I wonder when it will crash.

  108. I’m not a veteran, but can see Kaepernick has a lot of veterans supporting him on social media. I tend to value their opinion more than people who have never served.

  109. dukeearl says:
    Aug 31, 2016 2:52 PM

    Anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. The anthem was written at the battle of Ft. Henry near Baltimore. Had nothing to do with slavery.
    ——-
    Key was a slave owner. The Star-Spangled Banner was penned by a slave-owning lawyer who spent a lifetime fighting against the rights of African-Americans.

    So you’re the typical american who doesn’t known his own american history. Understood.

  110. skawh says:
    Aug 31, 2016 4:17 PM

    have ten lives and not “equal” the amount of good Harry Edwards has done.
    ————————————————————-

    Harry Edwards has proven he cannot yet properly apprehend or accurately define the true concept of “equal”, which is precisely why he is part of the problem that is the perpetuation of racism and racial divide.

  111. If facts matter PFT please publish the actual statistics of police related shootings and break it out by race. That is killed by police and police killed and find out where the real fire is.

  112. Really ? Some people have vivid imaginations.

    They are living in a country with a black president that many white people endorse and voted for

  113. Good. Quit football and become a full-time activist. Based on the results of each, you’re probably better at that, anyway.

  114. Racial hatred is black on black murder…

    They are oppressing themselves…..

    Get over the victim garbage and start being around to raise your children

  115. gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Aug 31, 2016 4:35 PM
    There is no saving this country. The founding fathers are collectively rolling over in their graves with the profound disappointment of the ideals they bestowed upon us and how little progress we’ve made fulfilling those promises. And really that’s Kaepernick’s point. If you aren’t disappointed, you haven’t been paying attention.
    ——-
    Perhaps “the founding fathers” should have given more thought before creating their utopia on the backs of slaves. Every time I hear the words “founding fathers” I immediately think “slave owners.” Yes, the majority of them owned slaves. And for over 200 years the descendants of those founding fathers did nothing but prevent blacks from experiencing the same freedoms others did. Most don’t want to acknowledge that in 2009 that many large banks charge higher mortgage rates to black applicants. Today.

  116. “OMG, I wish racial minorities would protest peacefully”

    Kaepernick peacefully uses his spotlight to sit down, and then explains his reasoning.

    “OMG, Colin Kommunist needs to leave the country, how disrespectful, why can’t he just collect his money!!1! instead of using his protected speech??!”

    He peacefully demonstrated and shed some light on police brutality and lack of accountability/transparency:

    “Blah blah heroes, blah blah, you try to be a cop or soldier for one day!!!!1”

    You guys draped in the flag are all a bunch of hypocrit tools. And for the record, Rodney, I’m not black or mixed.

  117. Oh big surprise. A football site full of agro conservative old white men is ignorant about racial injustice.

    All the fools saying “what about black on black crime?” are the dumbest of all.

    We EXPECT criminals to kill innocent people. We don’t expect COPS to kill innocent people. Cops killing innocent people is FAR worse than criminals doing it because they are paid and trusted to protect us, not murder us if they feel scared.

  118. He has every right to be Anti-American and we as Americans have every right to tell him “Hey, you don’t like my house, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out, bruh!”

  119. One thing that really bothers me is false narrative.

    so the FACT you mention, yes more white people are killed NUMBER BUT, are a much higher percentage of the population. FACT: you are 2.5 times MORE LIKELY to be shot be a cop if you are black than if you are white.

    ALSO, not you, but others have blamed this on his conversion to Islam, which is also False. it appears to have been a made up facebook post that was picked up by Hannity on his radio show

    7 13

    _______________________________________

    I posted this earlier, and i have to laugh. I posted facts, actual facts, and it got down voted by 13 people…thats the big problem with any political discussion now, people don’t care about facts, just their own opinions….

  120. I’m beginning to think that Kaep is one step ahead of us all. He knew he was getting cut, so what better way to stay on a roster and stay relevant? Now the niners can’t cut him… The media would have a field day, headline “Racist 49ers cut activist and voice for the oppressed Colin Kaepernick”

  121. When I read that CK was speaking out because he’s become aware his house was on fire, I expected a logical thought to follow that, as in, he realized his career is in jeopardy and his value is about to hit rock bottom, so he decided to pull this stunt.

    I have always contended that while he is entitled to protest, he’s not entitled to do it on someone else’s platform. He can stay in the locker room until the anthem is played and come out after. He can also tell folks why he does not participate. But to sit is a direct FU at everyone.

  122. When people say they’re oppressed, they conveniently omit their own actions.
    It’s a victim culture.

  123. So Dwyane Wades cousin is killed by stray bullets in Chicago a few days ago… Kape, why dont you team up with your ‘brothers’ and put you millions and millions to help blacks from killing blacks. Because the way I read this, the cops want nothing to do with that war, considering BLM..which apparently they don’t, per observation.

  124. Protesting the Police, by involving our flag, is probably not the best way to make a point. Most people are going to interpret this as dissing our servicemen and veterans. One of the biggest problems, as I see it, is that our police departments are looking more and more like our military. The police are getting Monster SWAT trucks and military weapons from the Feds. This needs to stop. Not sure what to tell Kaep, but he needs to find a better way to express his dissent of our police acting more like they are overseas soldiers fighting ISIS, instead of keeping the peace on our streets.

  125. “why dont you team up with your ‘brothers’ and put you millions and millions to help blacks from killing blacks.”

    Oh so we hold cops to the same standard that we hold gang bangers now, is that your logic?

    Black are killing blacks so no one should complain when cops kill innocent people?

    That STUPID argument has been made by every moron in this comment thread.

  126. “Colin Kaepernick absolutely has a constitutional right to express his opinion on the politics of diversity in America,” Edwards wrote. “He is courageous, well-informed and steadfast in his position. He is evolving through an awakening and (perhaps) really understanding for the first time (given his background) the true depth and scope of the history of anti-black racial hatred and injustice in America.

    The same thing could’ve been said about George Zimmerman during his trial… Let’s just all stop being idiots.

    ———–

    holy crap are you dense… people like zimmerman is exactly why HE should be speaking out

  127. What I see in these comments is a lot of racists calling everyone but themselves racists. Everybody is an ignorant racist if they don’t share your opinion, right? Everybody is against you because they want to look at the big picture, right? Now, it has even come down to calling a successful black person that doesn’t share all of your same views an Uncle Tom. But, then again, I suppose all of the successful black people are Uncle Toms because, well, the evil white man “let” them become successful, and if they speak out, said “evil white man” will cast them down. If this is your mindset, when you really want to see a racist, find a mirror and take a long look.

    Yes, injustices happen, but everyone that does not share your views of the causes and possible solutions, is not a racist.

  128. every group of people in America is responsible for the largest portion of the murders within their own communities. blacks even more so than any other group: it’s I believe 92-93 percent of all black people murdered are done so by their own group.

    Even if you erased all the the police murders, racial violence or just random killings, all of them, you’d only make a small dent in a massive pile of dead bodies.

    Every community needs to look inward, long and hard. Are there protests for the thousands of dead bodies annually in Chicago, Detroit, St Louis etc done so by gang members? Where are the hashtags? Where are the activists who claim that lives matter? Unless a community takes responsibility for itself this well never, ever, end.

  129. Speaking as someone close to what happened in MN, Edwards has no idea what he’s talking about. At least in Kaep’s protest(which I don’t condone)it doesn’t involve brutality and stupidity and takes into question what actually happened. It certainly wasn’t that in protests in MN….you have the majority of people “acting as racists” against the police and taking up the resources of the police and the city. It was a joke. Protests work when you make a point that people can think about it. They don’t work when the one’s protesting don’t even understand what they’re protesting.

  130. And Kap has the gasoline in one hand and zippo lighter in the other. For judgment and thinking something thru this is an example of how bad this age group is at making decisions. Every parent black, white brown need to sit down with their kids and show them how not to address an issue.

  131. Black are killing blacks so no one should complain when cops kill innocent people?

    —————————————–

    No, but it would be nice for a black leader to make the black on black crime as much of a priority as police violence against blacks, or acknowledge that in some cases (DEFINITELY NOT ALL), the black perpetrator brought his own fate upon him — see Ferguson.

    Maybe the protest or movement would be even stronger if it was targeted against unwarranted police violence against all races, rather than just Blacks.

    Also, people need to remember that Freedom of speech protects you from the government putting you in prison, other people don’t have like or tolerate (within legal boundaries) what you say.

  132. An unfortunate and uncomfortable fact is that most upwardly mobile white people will buy real estate as far away from predominantly black areas as they can afford.
    The reason is that crime decreases, and quality of life increases, the farther from those areas you go.
    It’s not just a perception, it’s a fact.
    I don’t know how to fix that. I’m not the one creating the disagreeable conditions.
    Look at property values in Oakland versus San Leandro. Then look at values in Pleasanton versus San Leandro.
    It’s clrear.

  133. Maybe kaep can apply for the newly vacant vice premier if education in North Korea that came open this week.

  134. So what does this ” Racial Dr.” say about the black on black crimes or does he like most other blacks just ignore it ?

    This “racial Dr.” probably thinks what most decent people think – that cops should be held to a higher standard than street criminals.

  135. Harry Edwards’ philosophy is not to end racial strife, but to perpetuate it. Let’s say racial strife ended tomorrow. He’d be on the unemployment line like countless others like him. Racial strife is here to stay as long as so many people have a financial interest in it.

  136. “Harry Edwards’ philosophy is not to end racial strife, but to perpetuate it. Let’s say racial strife ended tomorrow. He’d be on the unemployment line like countless others like him. Racial strife is here to stay as long as so many people have a financial interest in it.”

    Yeah that’s it. Racial injustice is just a hoax to profit from. Cops aren’t killing unarmed people. The criminal justice system isn’t racist. Red states aren’t passing laws to make it harder for minorities to vote…

    Go back to breitbart where people actually believe that crap.

  137. And guess who literally broke into my truck on Monday (watched him on restaurant’s surveillance camera today) and stole my work laptop while I was eating lunch at a Subway? Wonder if he was oppressed too and is unhappy with our flag and what it represents….

  138. There are two reasons racism will never go away.

    1. Actual racists (whose ranks are getting smaller every year)

    2. People who see every issue as a race issue. (whose ranks are unfortunately growing every year)

    For the record I was raised by white parents in a white town and have nothing but love for everyone that isn’t a dick. I hope the rest of you join me someday.

  139. Blacks are not oppressed in America. There are more opportunities given to blacks in America today than anywhere on Earth at any time in history. Some people are just entitled crybabies that find it easier to blame “whitey” than to take a look in the mirror.

  140. “Maybe kaep can apply for the newly vacant vice premier if education in North Korea that came open this week.”

    Telling a guy he has to participate in a display of patriotic nationalism before he begins his work day is very North Korean of you.

    North Korea is where all the people who say he must salute and sing should go. America is where you’re supposed to have a choice.

    But I doubt you comprehend the irony.

  141. Hitdog18 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 5:01 PM
    One thing that really bothers me is false narrative.

    so the FACT you mention, yes more white people are killed NUMBER BUT, are a much higher percentage of the population. FACT: you are 2.5 times MORE LIKELY to be shot be a cop if you are black than if you are white.

    ————————

    Do you take us for idiots? your agenda is showing. Yes, you’re 2.5x more likely to be shot because you’re 5x or 10x more likely to be committing a crime.! THAT’s a fact too. All the facts please!

  142. Ive seen the racist Harry Edwards for years on my sports. Give me a break. So well informed that the whole country besides racial bigots disagree with his actions!!!!!!

  143. There’s never been a law, nor will there ever be, that says “cops can’t shoot unarmed people”. Unfortunately, cops don’t have x-ray vision, nor can they tell if a weapon is a BB gun or real. Hindsight is 20/20 and over time courts have come to realize that. It’s easy to say after the fact, “why’d they shoot him? He didn’t even have a gun!” I’m a cop, and I can tell you that if you put me in a position to chose between me or you getting shot, I’m going to chose you 100% of the time. There’s one thing I’ve learned, I have a very high tolerance for pain when it’s other people in pain and not me.

  144. This isn’t a black vs white issue. It’s a socioeconomic issue. I have many black and Latino friends. I feel the same way when I see a white meth head walking by as I do a black guy with his pants pulled down to his knees and a Latino with tattoos for sleeves. I also feel the same way when I sit next to my African American friends at church or the office as I do my white friends that I grew up with. Until people understand the difference their will always be racism. Until all parents, black, white, brown, yellow, or whatever, and leaders in the communities start raising kids and teens to be productive members of society, this won’t end. I always hear what whites can do for blacks instead of what blacks can do for blacks. People just get sick of it always being one sides priority to fix.

  145. “I’m a cop, and I can tell you that if you put me in a position to chose between me or you getting shot, I’m going to chose you 100% of the time.”

    Then maybe you shouldve taken a job where your paranoia and fear don’t get people killed.

    The problem is this new generation of cops is so SCARED all the time that they kill when there’s the slightest possiblity that they MIGHT be threatened.

  146. One of the biggest problems, as I see it, is that our police departments are looking more and more like our military.
    ————
    Because our criminals are looking more and more like terrorists.

  147. Then maybe you shouldve taken a job where your paranoia and fear don’t get people killed.

    The problem is this new generation of cops is so SCARED all the time that they kill when there’s the slightest possiblity that they MIGHT be threatened.

    Simply wrong. The problem with this generation in general is that they are easily influenced by the media and race baiters who profit heavily from our uneducated youth. Law enforcement has writ fully used lethal force for over 100 years. Rarely does a cop overtly commit murder, South Carolina is the only one that comes to mind in recent years.

    Most cops I know come in contact with hundreds of people a day, both criminals and non criminals. 99% of these end without any altercation at all. Break the law, don’t follow police commands, resist arrest, etc and you run the risk of being hurt or killed. That’s the chance you take. But nobody, including law enforcement, has to wait to see if they would be killed before using force. Action is always faster than reaction.

  148. What if Kaep refused to salute because our government lied us into a 5 trillion dollar war that killed thousands of patriotic servicemen and blew up the whole mideast? Would that be enough of a reason?

    What if he refused to salute because our government is owned and controlled by the rich? Our leaders only cares about corporations and rich donors and completely ignores the needs of everyone else? Why should he salute an organization that doesn’t care about him?

    What if he refused to salute because our government continues to wage a drug war that locks up nonviolent americans, destroys families and ruins lives?

    There are many reasons to not participate in the patriotic displays these days. And no the answer isn’t “if you don’t like america get out”. Tell that crap to trump. The answer is “if you don’t like america, do what you can to fix it.” And that is what Kaep is doing.

  149. tjacks7 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:24 PM

    Simply wrong. The problem with this generation in general is that they are easily influenced by the media and race baiters who profit heavily from our uneducated youth. Law enforcement has writ fully used lethal force for over 100 years. Rarely does a cop overtly commit murder, South Carolina is the only one that comes to mind in recent years.

    Most cops I know come in contact with hundreds of people a day, both criminals and non criminals. 99% of these end without any altercation at all. Break the law, don’t follow police commands, resist arrest, etc and you run the risk of being hurt or killed. That’s the chance you take. But nobody, including law enforcement, has to wait to see if they would be killed before using force. Action is always faster than reaction.
    —–
    Sorry Charlie. The suggestion that police have the authority to take someone’s life for resisting arrest is total ignorance. You’re condoning the sort of abuse of police authority that the public finds disgusting! You need to educate yourself with the legal definition of “necessary.”

    Ignorance isn’t bliss, if you’re condoning police authority that can defined as criminal.

  150. “The problem with this generation in general is that they are easily influenced by the media and race baiters who profit heavily from our uneducated youth. ”

    The media and race baiters didnt start the drug war. That’s what modern cops sign up to enforce. Anyone who signs up to be a cop these days is willing to take a paycheck for locking up peaceful people and ruining lives.

    The media and race baiters didn’t decide to fund police departments by seizing defendent’s property and writing as many tickets as they can.

    The media and race baiters don’t make cops trigger happy.

    People who want to shoot and bully others are attracted to jobs in law enforcement.

  151. I’m sorry but I think the response to Kap underscores his point. We’re a nation lacking in tolerance and more importantly compassion. America as a Constitution and system if government is timelessly great, but modern day Americans are heartless and / or brainless drones. And yes we don’t have to worry about our government officials invading our homes and falsely imprisoning us. We have corporations — our employers — and our neighbors — for that.

  152. I don’t think very many Americans know what the First Amendment actually DOES protect and from whom.

  153. I’m not even sure what we’re talking about anymore. Modern police officers sign up to serve and protect a community and do a job with no recognition for little pay. Any profession, be it accounting, sales, anything is going to have a percentage of bad apples who embezzle, steal, etc. Just as there will always be dirty cops, but that .001% is minimal and equates to roughly one wrongful, unnecessary, criminal, death per year which is prosecuted (see South Carolina).

    The ability to seize property is actually pretty transparent? Bought with money that was from illegal activity? Seized. Acquired illegally? Seized. Illegal substances? Seized? Used in commission of a crime? Seized. Not legally allowed to own? Seized.

    Cops are not trigger happy and there is literally not one ounce of proof anywhere on earth that contradicts that.

    People who break the law and/or are uneducated are the only people who have problems with the law enforcement.

  154. tjacks7 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:50 PM
    Dallas Police Department is still hiring, why don’t you apply skawh? Tell em you don’t even need a gun.
    ——
    I’m already retired police. And thank goodness I didn’t have to serve in Dallas.

  155. hey Harry did you protest the 600 blacks killed in Chicago so far this year? Or do you save all your scorn for anyone who doesn’t support YOUR particular causes? His arguments are pathetic and empty as he is. The SF 49ers are a franchise who support not only the degradation of our country, but groups who openly support killing cops. I am through with this team and will burn all my 49ers gear this weekend.

  156. bencoates57: Because many in America are offended by a millionaire who’s led an entire of privilege lecturing us about oppression and disrespecting the flag were somehow not compassionate? you mean compassion for YOUR particular viewpoint right? Because we all know if he was protesting the flag for a cause on the other end of the political aisle we’d hear none of your “compassion” talk now would we? Free speech and saying offensive things is a one way street with leftists and always has been

  157. I’m a Seahawk fan, so it pains me to root for the 9’rs in any fashion. But having served, all I have to say is #VetsForKaep.

    Turn Two!

  158. That’s what modern cops sign up to enforce. Anyone who signs up to be a cop these days is willing to take a paycheck for locking up peaceful people and ruining lives.

    The media and race baiters didn’t decide to fund police departments by seizing defendent’s property and writing as many tickets as they can.

    The media and race baiters don’t make cops trigger happy.

    People who want to shoot and bully others are attracted to jobs in law enforcement.

    ———————————

    1. Cops don’t make the laws, politicians do.

    2. The media and race baiters don’t make cops trigger happy, criminals and wanna be gangstas do.

    3. People who unilaterally criticize the police are just as much of a problem as racists.

  159. I’m a white guy that took a course titled, The Role of the Black Man in Society Today. After three classes the professor asked why I was taking the course. My answer was simple, as a white man, the daily issues a black man faces were hidden from me. I knew issues existed but I wanted to know what they were. Why? Because at the time I felt if I learned about the issues from a blank man’s perspective I would have a better appreciation for what they go through and maybe one day, help bring about change.
    Well the professor offered to give me an A on the course as long as I no longer attended. I was the only white person in the class and was therefore a distraction. I made an alternate suggestion and that was I take the class one on one in his office. That’s what we did and I still got an A. But it wasn’t fulfilling. I learned a bit about some of the issues but not in the depth I wanted. And now as I read here repeatedly, I will never understand because I am not black.
    That’s all a crock of course. I live in a region of the country that is primarily rural, poor and 70% black. I see the dead ends the young black kids face and to a large extent it’s self perpetuating. They come from mainly fatherless families and to an alarming extent, they are essentially orphans because their mothers are abandoning them as well. If it wasn’t for an aunt or grandmother willing to be the guardian, the children would be homeless.
    Now these are children that lose their innocence between the ages of 6 and 9 years old. At 6 and 7 you can still mold them. They are sweet, intelligent little kids in K, 1st and 2nd grade. But becauae of being home alone, by 9, their biggest attraction is to become a gang member.
    Can they be saved or are they going to be part of the next black on black turf fight. Sadly, some form of the latter will become the way of life for most of them.
    Kaepernick has a very unique opportunity to help. His approach is a waste of time as the comments illustrate. Yes he has generated a lot of comments. But so far all that has been accomplished is the class divide is just widening.
    Get off your duff Kaepernick, and get to work . Nothing will be accomplished by sitting down. Go out and reach those little boys and girls, give them the opportunity to get off the dead end road you were born into and pay it forward. You can do it Kaepernick. Show us what you are made of.

  160. If Dr Doolittle is so interested in piece and unity among blacks and whites (I, for one, want that), where is he in staunch defense of the black clown that shot and killed the Dallas Police.
    WHere was the story of the white cops during that rampage that jumped on top of the black mother (who had been shot), and did the same for her son, who happened to be black?

    And for him to take a crack at Cruz and Boone? ok, maybe they do not devote time and money to these causes but guess what? Neither has Kraperneck. As he put, he will so he took this stand before he looked for other ways to make a difference….

    No one cares about the issue because of Kraper. He screwed this up. yeah , defenders will say we are all talking.. yep!!!! just not about the issue at hand.

  161. How much of his millions in resources has Kaepernick applied toward helping those who are oppressed in this country?

    Has he just noticed this happening?

    Huh…

  162. So what does this ” Racial Dr.” say about the black on black crimes or does he like most other blacks just ignore it ?

    This “racial Dr.” probably thinks what most decent people think – that cops should be held to a higher standard than street criminals.

    except that a police officer has almost nano seconds to make decisions that you nor I could comprehend. You think you have all the answers with your silly little rebuttals to peoples comments yet you do not, nor have not ever had to make the decisions in which they have. Neither have I.
    Nobody can be certain as to what causes many of these actions, but the liberal news networks bring on people like this DR Doolittle clown to shove repeated racial exploits down our throat to the point that we are to assume that every black person in trouble with the law is simple a victim of prejudice?
    Here is an idea, clean up your own back yard, before you go knocking on your neighbors door. Kraperneck used his athletic ability to earn a college degree, live a cushy life and never, literally never deal with the issues that he is “supporting”, meanwhile, in Buffalo, the black mayor (who I generally like) is on the news pleading for answers to why an 8 year old black boy was killed in apparent drive by perpetuated by other blacks.

    A little boy was shot and his death was not more or less tragic based on the color of the skin of the person who shot him

  163. Actually, his not standing, could fall under the category of conduct detrimental to the team/league by putting them in a bad light. But the NFL is too PC to take a stand.

  164. People who bring up black on black crime are pretty dumb. It has nothing to do with the fact that police are sworn to protect and serve and are supposed to be held to a higher standard

  165. Kaepernick didn’t set his own house on fire, he set America’s house on fire and now all the racist roaches are running out!

    I’m a Navy veteran and I stand~or sit with Colin Kaepernick! People are nailing him to the cross and have never met him. I’ve interviewed him before and he’s a good dude. All these so-called patriots don’t know about the racism that goes on in the military too! It’s not exempt. So, stop romanticizing it!

    And if America is so patriotic, why are there so many disenfranchised veterans who are homeless, jobless, mentally ill, disabled and more, with little to no help from the VA? That’s what you “patriots” should be protesting on behalf of us vets!

    This is more than about a song. Does these same people who were offended by his sit-down, stand up when the national anthem is sang while they’re sitting at home or in a sports bar with their ice cold beer? If not, stop tripping!

    By the way, Ryan Lochte was far more disrespectful and unpatriotic while representing America as an olympian as he pissed on two nations, abandoned 3 teammates, overshadowed an entire Olympic team, and what did he get for his disruptive foolishness? A trip to “Dancing With The Stars!” Go Navy!

  166. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. I bet the executives of the 14 NFL teams that each took approx $400K from the DOD for patriotic pre-game “Salutes to Service” are simply aghast at such a principled display by a lowly player done for free. In fact, the DOD paid out over $53 MILLION to the pro leagues, $6.8 million of which was found to be “inappropriate patriotism for profit”. I find THAT to be disrespectful.

  167. BTW, those teams were the Jets, Falcons, Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Cowboys, Packers, Colts, Chiefs, Dolphins, Vikings, Steelers and Rams.

  168. I’ll never understand why people seem to think that cops murdering blacks is something that doesn’t matter because blacks murder blacks.

    Not once has anyone ever seen a cop murder a white person and said, “Well, maybe that shouldn’t happen, but the focus should REALLY be on why whites can’t stop murdering whites!” You know why? Because a lot of people think of blacks only as “black”, but think of whites just as “people”.

    I suppose I shouldn’t expect more from a bunch of Trump voters and George Zimmerman defenders, but here we are.

  169. sonoco says:
    Quite a cesspool of ignorance going on in here. Just watch football and keep fiddling. Everything will be OK. Everything will be OK. Everything will be OK. Everything will be OK. USA, USA, USA, USA, USA

    –Calm down chicken little

  170. If they are really interested in stopping oppression and brutality, maybe they could start by speaking out against Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Greg Hardy.

    Perhaps he should sit out of the NFL, because he shouldn’t be proud of what some of its players stand for, which (by his reasoning) extends to the entire league.

  171. Most people get so caught up in the propaganda that they lose focus on the message. He has a right to say those things and not stand and you have a right to say how you feel about it. What he has done is started a dialogue again about racial injustice. When I hear people saying well black people kill black people all the time why aren’t they protesting that. Let’s look at it this way what if someone from Canada said I don’t know why the United States is mad at isis for killing Americans heck Americans kill Americans all the time.

  172. @rendumas: He STARTED a dialogue about racial injustice? It’s all anybody is talking about, non-stop. Sadly, if anything, breaking windows, setting fires, and disrespecting the entire country are simply setting back all that has been accomplished.

    We used to have Dr. King and Rosa Parks. Now we have destructive mobs and Al Sharpton. You can see why we are now regressing, and we are becoming more polarized than ever.

  173. I know its his right not to stand for the national anthem, but when you have combat veterans who have had their legs amputated trying with all their might to stand with no legs to honor this country, it’s hard not to get mad. Sorry just is. Its disrespectful. And what are his “solutions”? Has he offered anything? So he donated some money to a charity. Big whoop.

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