Prior to the 2016 election National Anthem protester, Colin Kaepernick accused Republican nominee Donald Trump of showing "ignorance" in wanting to make America great again.

America has never been a great country, the ex-49ers quarterback claimed.

“It's a very ignorant statement that if you don't agree with what's going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all you should leave the country,” Kaepernick said. “He always says, 'Make America great again.' Well, America has never been great for people of color. That's something that needs to be addressed. Let's make America great for the first time,” he said.

On the surface of the argument, Kaepernick comes across as the humanitarian warrior for social equality and justice. But one suspects it is the narrow interests of "people of color" that he is primarily concerned about.

And when Kaepernick talks about social injustice and people of color, is he talking about his own experience in the context of his former multi-million dollar salary and personal assets?

America has been very, very good (one might say great) to Colin Kaepernick and to many other high-profile people of color. He had been a person of privilege long before he turned professional leftist critic and agitator with a racial ax to grind.

Kaepernick accuses Trump of being guilty of broad historical ignorance. By implication, he accuses the millions of people who voted for him of being ignorant as well.

The now jobless NFL free agent is correct on one key point, however. Slavery was a horrible, dehumanizing institution. But it was an evil institution that would have ended in the due course of time, regardless of the Civil War having been fought.

And even though southern black slaves endured terrible abuses in their time, many northern white factory workers suffered ill treatment and living conditions that were equally as horrific, if not worse, than their black southern counterparts.

White northern factory workers weren't considered valuable property, as were slaves. They were used and then discarded as dispensable tools of 19th century American industry.

Does Kaepernick have anything to say about "No Irish Need Apply"?

America has been and remains an imperfect work in progress. It is both the conception and the direction of social progress that divides America along class, racial, ethnic, political, sexual orientation, and even religious lines.

But if America is such a terrible place to live for people of color, as Kaepernick baldly asserts, why are so many risking their lives to get here?

Is it the "racist" culture that they find so uniquely attractive?

Do you think Colin Kaepernick will ever be able to repair the damage to his career as a result of his political activism?

Source: Cooking Panda

 
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