Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Thursday leveled a double-barreled assault on Christian Individuals and conservative media in a caustic protection of Colin Kaepernick’s current anti-Thanksgiving Day actions. The previous NBA nice and Guardian writer shamed them by portraying Kaepernick as “the black Grinch for individuals who dream of a white America.”
The protection of Kaepernick centered on the previous soccer participant’s Thanksgiving Day tweet about his morning on the Indigenous Folks’s Dawn Ceremony on the 50 yr anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. Kaepernick’s tweet learn: “The US authorities has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous individuals. Thanks to my Indigenous household, I’m with you at present and at all times.”
Abdul-Jabbar is incensed with the best way the “white-wing media” reported on Kaepernick’s tweet. He included “Breitbart, the Washington Instances, Fox Information and the remainder of the standard suspects” who shortly reported the contents of this “provocative tweet.”
“The ways used to discredit the previous quarterback are how conservative America has at all times handled black athletes who converse out,” Abdul-Jabbar charged. The conservative media’s therapy of the Alcatraz occasion was the equal of declaring the apocalypse was looming.
Abdul-Jabbar ridiculed a Fox News story for editorializing that “Former NFL participant Colin Kaepernick had an odd approach of celebrating Thanksgiving, attending an occasion that appeared to function a rebuke to the vacation and the US.” Fox Information was biasing the reader and wasn’t alone in doing so, Abdul-Jabbar writes.:
“Say it ain’t so, Fox! The conservative political web site the Blaze’s headline additionally wished to ensure the readers don’t need to burden themselves with pondering: “Colin Kaepernick bashes America on Thanksgiving, participates in ‘Unthanksgiving Day’ celebration.”
Hey, Kaepernick deserves a move as a result of, “Technically, stating a truth isn’t ‘bashing,'” Abdul-Jabbar broadcasts earlier than delivering extra assaults:
“America’s forefathers did certainly steal the land from the indigenous individuals, typically over their lifeless our bodies. Simply as indigenous individuals stole land from different tribes. That’s simply historic truth. Like stating to grandpa that his zipper is open. I’m not bashing him, simply stating a fact. So, why the panicky assaults on Kaepernick? Clearly, there’s one thing way more insidious happening right here: the sustained try and steal Kaepernick’s political voice by characterizing him as un-American. The Black Grinch who desires to steal White Christmas American values.”
White America’s bashing sometimes begins with character assassination, as Dr. Martin Luther King skilled when the FBI painted him as a communist, says Abdul-Jabbar. Kaepernick is simply the most recent sufferer of how “conservative America has at all times handled African American athletes who converse out, whether or not it’s Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, or any of the others. It’s the equal of sticking fingers of their ears whereas shouting, ‘Nyah, nyah, nyah, I can’t hear you.’”
Conservatives try to preemptively silence black athletes, and younger athletes “could also be stifled by the instance of Kaepernick left to twist within the wind of no-change.”
It is to be anticipated that the frequent Trump critic Abdul-Jabbar would additionally embody the president on this thrashing of white conservatives. “Efforts to silence the black neighborhood and all others who converse out for rights has solely gotten worse beneath the Trump administration,” the Guardian columnist alleges.” It additionally extends, when you can imagine this, to voter suppression of African Individuals and school college students.
For the previous half-century individuals have ordered truth-tellers to close up and punished them once they refuse. Abdul-Jabbar ends his slamfest by saying, “I’m positive their ways have silenced some athletes. Not all. They’ll by no means silence all as a result of the sort of grit it takes to change into an athlete is identical type it takes to position fact above self-interest. However they positive will carry on attempting so long as they receives a commission to pander to those that wrap themselves within the fairly colours of the flag relatively than the daring phrases of the Structure.”
In fact, criticizing Kaepernick’s race baiting and anti-Americanism is constitutional. Free speech cuts each methods, Kareem.