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Kaepernick is going to donate 1 million dollars to charities that help poor inner city people. I think this is fantastic.
I think the problem he is making us more aware of is a myth (the government oppressing black people) and no one will have an honest conversation that discusses all of the facts.
The 49ers quarterback has continued to focus his off-the-field efforts on Camp Taylor, a Salida, Calif.-based community for children suffering from heart disease. In addition to explaining his motivations in the organization's clip (above), Kaepernick related his "against all odds" motto to the plight of the kids.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Grambler
I've been mulling this over. I haven't had a lot of time to follow football the last couple years but hasn't Kaepernick's QB rating been in decline pretty much since he entered the league? I'm always a little skeptical of fading stars and publicity stunts.
Didn't I read that he switched from sitting to kneeling during the anthem out of respect for veterans and active military?
Not that I think anyone has an obligation to donate in order to have an opinion worth hearing (and I'm sure you'd agree) but I also think it's great to see somebody put their money where their mouth is.
Ironically, the rhetoric from "both sides" basically boils down to the government is oppressing black people. On the Left there's institutional racism and on the Right it's welfare dependency. Neither of these concepts adequately describes reality though I personally believe institutional racism comes closer. My problem with a lot of activism focused on racial equality (which I think we'll all agree tends to come almost exclusively from the Left) is that it's ineffective as there's no real strategy except "awareness."
If we're being honest with ourselves, I doubt there are that many people who aren't aware that we have profound disparities. That's objective truth and so it's hard to deny. Beyond that is major disagreement as to the causes and solutions. I don't believe it's difficult to understand the origins as one has but to look at history.
From slavery it was right into Jim Crow. I don't think many rational people would debate that Jim Crow laws were anything but oppression. Less discussed are similar laws (typically at the local level) and de facto oppression that existed in the North. Take a look at the rates of illiteracy in the table at the bottom of this source. In 1900, 4.6% of native born whites were illiterate compared to a whopping 44.5% of blacks and other non-whites and that was a marked improvement over nearly 80% illiterate in 1870. Follow the waves of migrations from the agrarian South in the first half of the 20th century to Rust Belt cities. Then consider that by the late 1950's, manufacturing was already starting to soften and then peak manufacturing hit in the mid-1970s. I don't want to derail this thread (or spend a tremendous amount of time on a single reply) but I invite everyone to take a moment some time to look up historic wage ratios, employment rates, etc.
It's really not that hard to see how we got to where we are today.
What to do now is the real question. Here again I think that both political sides intuitively know what the solution to racial inequality ultimately is — economic opportunity aka jobs — but it's not much of a solution given the trends in employment. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any of politicians on the national level addressing the sort of paradigm shift that will be required to fix the employment situation going forward. Tax subsidized college education and pipe dreams about "bringing back the jobs" are little more than empty campaign promises.
originally posted by: uncommitted
a reply to: Grambler
If you don't think there are any racial issues in America - let's say disproportionate number of black people that appear to have been killed by some police (not suggesting it's through some government led initiative) - but other people do, then isn't that a discussion point? You seem very clear that you are right about this and he is wrong.... is that how we carry about a meaningful conversation?
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder declared.
Holder urged Americans of all races to use Black History Month as a time to have a forthright national conversation between blacks and whites to discuss aspects of race which are ignored because they are uncomfortable.
originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: Grambler
Talk is cheap, but this guy put his money where his mouth is, and he's walking the walk. And not for himself. I greatly respect and admire that. Is he perfect? Of course not. None of us are.
But I will ALWAYS side with the one standing for the sanctity of life over their opposition. And that's the biggest problem I have with this national dialogue. While I hear much in the way of threats and retaliation from law enforcement, what I don't hear is any respect for life at all, much less their responsibility to protect and preserve life. That's downright chilling to me.