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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Eric Reid #35 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

I know I am shocked that the white response to black athletes protesting is framed by white racism.

But all those white people love the conservative values espoused by Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali so they aren’t racist at all just because they’d like to see Colin Kaepernick lynched for not standing for the flag.

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  • keta

    “I’m no racist, BUT…”

    Fuck ’em all.

  • aab84

    As a Michigan alum, I’m both shocked and incredibly pleased that Jim Harbaugh has been so vocal in his defenses of Kaepernick on this, going so far as to write his Time 100 Bio.

    Given Harbaugh’s stature among the upstanding citizens of Michigan (read: the ones who aren’t heathens in green and white), am somewhat hopeful it could change a mind or two.

    • I hate it when Harbaugh does something that makes me not hate him.

      • davidsmcwilliams

        As one of the heathens in green and white, I agree.

        • witlesschum

          Same to both, though thanks to the Detroit media’s excitement every time he does anything I also recall that Harbaugh first said something unsupportive of Kaepernick’s protest but since has reversed himself pretty hard. A cynic would assume it’s all about recruiting mainly black athletes to play football for you, but whatever; a late convert is better than no convert at all.

  • aturner339

    “Look Americans created sports just so that black people could be better at something and shoveled millions of dollars to these bo…gentlemen purely out of the kindness of their hearts. The least they could do is respect the country that gave them the opportunity to engage in unpaid labor for their entire childhoods by providing decent servile entertainment in exchange for only slightly less than half the profits once they turn 22.”

  • Spider-Dan

    We need to stop getting distracted by these social issues and realize that Kaepernick is one of the 1%ers that is the problem with this country! He’s a corporatist, through-and-through!

  • Lost Left Coaster

    These people need to protest in a nonviolent, non-disruptive manner!…Oh, but not in that way!”

    • efgoldman

      “These people need to protest in a nonviolent, non-disruptive manner!…Oh, but not in that way!”

      Just as a certain class of white people think BLM is doing it RONG!
      (They said the same thing about MLK, and Freedom Riders, and sit ins, and protest marches….)

      • Spider-Dan

        I have had to explain to many white people in my Facebook feed that MLK was arrested 30 times for his civil disobedience. They seem to believe the civil rights era was won with picket signs, or something.

        • efgoldman

          They seem to believe the civil rights era was won with picket signs, or something.

          Yeah, like the newsreel film from the Edmund Pettus bridge doesn’t exist; same with Goodman, Chaney and Schwermer never existed. Ditto Viola Liuzzo, Medgar Evers….

  • jeer9

    And the idea that Mike Glennon has generated more free agent interest this off-season than Kaepernick would seem to indicate that such views are not restricted to just white fans.

    • brad

      And there are inevitable defenses of this bias which I’m all too certain are being written comparing Kaepernick to other “controversial” players and saying teams are just avoiding “tarnishing” their brand. With a mandatory ass covering sentence saying, “now, I don’t mean to equivocate players who, say, threaten and abuse women with players who express political opinions unpopular with white men in symbolic, small, and unobtrusive ways. But I’m going to anyway”.

      • LFC


        Remove the letters “ivoc” and that’s the right word here: equate.

        (“Equivocate” means something else.)

        • brad

          Derp, yes. It’s a certain day of the year and my brain is a little… unfocused.

      • efgoldman

        I don’t mean to equate players who, say, threaten and abuse women with players who express political opinion

        It’s going to be really interesting to see which team drafts Joe Mixon this weekend, and how high.

    • witlesschum

      I tend to think the blackballing of Kaepernick will come to an end when someone’s starter gets hurt in the preseason. Old white conservative solidarity goes quite as ways with NFL owners but not all the way.

      • jeer9

        I dunno.

        Houston spent a fortune on a timeless great like Osweiler and they’re currently sitting on Weeden and Savage. Maybe an unparalleled QB guru like O’Brien is set to groom some rookie this season but they seem a little thin at the spot. They’d probably really like to bring in a vet like CK for a look-see – but for all that horrible unpatriotic distraction stuff he’s responsible for.

        I’m guessing Cutler gets signed before Kaepernick and it’ll be because of Jay’s superior attitude.

        • efgoldman

          I’m guessing Cutler gets signed before Kaepernick

          Didn’t Cutler formally retire?

      • Aaron Morrow

        Not that this holds for all teams, but I think if the Texans don’t pick up Kaepernick soon that they won’t go after him at all.

        • rhino

          I would really like to see my Seahawks bring him in as a backup. I have a pricking in my thumbs that Wilson is going to get hurt again this year.

  • Maybe they should get with Cliven Bundy.

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