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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Two knees. One protesting in the grass, one pressing on the back of a man's neck. Choose. You have to choose which knee you will defend. There are no half choices, there is no room for indifference. There is only the knee of protest, or the knee on the neck. NFL owners chose the knee on the neck.

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The truth about Kaepernick is that he's not a radical or a SOB. He's a reformer, in the great American tradition. As Frederick Douglass said of reformers, "They see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction." The NFL might have been proud of that. But they weren't.

Colin Kaepernick's real offense was to open the box and hold up what is in front of the audience, instead of the triumphalist self-congratulatory image they wanted. The league owners had a chance, with Kaepernick, to be more than hucksters guarding their brands and bottom line. They might have been tremendous influencers on the problem of injustice in this burning moment. They might have been real allies of, and advocates for, their great players. They might have been examples of true, righteous Americanism. They might have been bonders rather than dividers, healers of mistrust. But who would ever buy that now? They missed their chance. They chose the wrong knee. It was a terrible choice. One that may even make you weep.

Life is an amazing journey. It never fails in making sure that what comes around indeed returns to go around again.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-30 11:50 AM | Reply

IMHO, black people should desert the NFL forever. As long as American police can execute black men and women with impunity I, and hopefully they, will refuse to watch the NFL, if they ever get to play another game.

Wathching a golf match right now, so totally meaningless. So ridiculous as thousands of Americans are losing their homes, their jobs, their lives. I only watch to see who the phony baloney players are so I can ignore them in the future. Tiger Woods is completely disconnected to the things that are happening to our people.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 04:02 PM | Reply

I have never once criticized Kaepernick, nor any other football player, for taking a knee during the national anthem. That is a legitimate form of protest.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-05-30 05:41 PM | Reply

Who asked you, Swastika Boy?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-30 05:51 PM | Reply

I have never once criticized Kaepernick, nor any other football player, for taking a knee during the national anthem. That is a legitimate form of protest.
#3 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

I fully agree. Especially after he modified his form of protest from sitting to kneeling after a veteran requested space to explain why kneeling meant so much more, and is more appropriate, than sitting.

Kaepernick listened. Kaepernick changed. Kaepernick had a positive impact.

I can only hope law enforcement institutions end up following the same formula.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-30 05:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can only hope law enforcement institutions end up following the same formula.
#5 | POSTED BYRSTYBEACH11

Your comment strikes me as out of place for someone who knows criminal justice better than most anybody here.

Listening? Changing? Having a positive impact?
That's not what police are trained for.
That's not their job.

Your hope seems to run contrary to everything you know to be true.

Anyway, keep wishing! Your hand will fill up soon enough.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-30 05:56 PM | Reply

What was really wrong about Colin Kapernich taking a knee?

That the rest of the stadium didn't join him.

The real question....what was wrong with the thousands of people who didn't, what was wrong with tht people who condemned him, what was wrong with the NFL owners sor nor hiring him and one last groud, what was wrong with the black players who didn't do the same thing.
I understand they had much to lose but so did Colin, why did his fellow black players leave him to fight alone? Why did his white associates do the same? Money! He stood up as they sold out. I honestly hope he never forgets what cowards and sold out pieces of crap the other players were.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 06:32 PM | Reply

Just like the supporters of the Iraq invasion, who called us protesters traitors, where are those cowards now? Kapernick didn't prove his point, history did. When you let things his his sacrifice go by, unobjectioned, you are part of the problem whether you consider youself to a racist or not.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 06:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I have never once criticized Kaepernick, nor any other football player, for taking a knee during the national anthem. That is a legitimate form of protest."

Good for you, that is a fact you can be proud of. I respect you for it.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 06:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Anyway, keep wishing! Your hand will fill up soon enough.
#6 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

I'll repeat for emphasis, since you potentially glossed over it:

"I can only hope law enforcement institutions end up following the same formula."

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-30 08:51 PM | Reply

You can't do anything other than hope?

Ask her for your balls back!

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-30 09:50 PM | Reply

Ask her for your balls back!
#11 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Please expound. I'm curious.

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-31 12:00 AM | Reply

You can hope, but also work, so that law enforcement institutions end up following the same formula.
It's like, what you majored in?

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-31 12:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's like, what you majored in?
#13 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

I typically don't detail much about my career other than an education specific to CJ, criminology, and sociology.

To clarify my stance, I will offer this:

I studied CJ with an emphasis on criminology, especially as it's related to juvenile delinquency and programming related to reentry to the community from confinement. I now design programming and curriculum that connects under-served, at-risk youth with employers through work-based learning.

Since completing my master's thesis, I facilitated a DOL grant funded program that aimed at building empathetic relationships between the law enforcement community and those students coming from the inner city. The funding was appropriated through advocacy by President Obama to Congress to help mend this relationship after Michael Brown's death (and the resulting unrest) in Ferguson. Our efforts have led to numerous at-risk youth (vastly nonwhite) entering law enforcement and public service career pathways. I've continued that emphasis in my current role, focusing on students reentering the community from confinement with an emphasis on ensuring the students have a positive relationship with their supervising probation officers while providing opportunities to earn employment.

All we can do as educators is prepare the next generation of law enforcement and public service minded individuals with the appropriate context of current events and recent history. The fruition of those seeds is simply based on hope. Being on the front lines of instituting this sort of context in those young minds takes dedication and a ---- ton of hope.

I hope that helps clarify.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-31 12:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I hope that helps clarify.

#14 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

I think I heard the echo of that bitch slap.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-31 01:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This photo expresses it well.

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-31 06:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"All we can do as educators is prepare the next generation of law enforcement and public service minded individuals with the appropriate context of current events and recent history. The fruition of those seeds is simply based on hope. Being on the front lines of instituting this sort of context in those young minds takes dedication and a ---- ton of hope."

Lovely words but meaningless unless you are willing to stand up to those who already have badges and who are abusing that privelege. Demanding that all officers have their records examined and those who hae repeatedly violated the rights of people they were holding should be a systematic requalification that is required for their continuation as officers. As in the case in Minneapolis, the officer had numerous complaints against him, the authorities above him should have acted before he actually murdered a man over a $20.00 dispute. The management of that police department should be on trial. When theu sen officers out into the field with weapons and the authority to arrest the public deserves to know thay are not racist wannabe fascists who think they have a license to murder anyone they want.
I guarantee you the thug who murdered that man is surprised by the reaction of the population, he thought he had a right to murder that man.
It must suck for him to be in jail now, I hope he gets used to it because he is going to be there for a very long time, as he should be.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-31 09:43 AM | Reply

Ferguson Police Take A Knee In Honor Of George Floyd

Ferguson (MO) Police Chief Jason Armstrong, who joined the department last year, took a knee in honor of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck while Floyd was restrained on the ground.

Armstrong and his officers joined about 500 people that had gathered outside of the police department in protest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-31 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Our efforts have led to numerous at-risk youth (vastly nonwhite) entering law enforcement and public service career pathways."

How can you tell if they simply switched gang affiliations though?

Anyway, it's clear you're doing a lot more than just hoping. Thanks for that.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-31 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How can you tell if they simply switched gang affiliations though?
#19 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

LOL

Great point.

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-31 05:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hopefully your work looks at long-term results. And is geared towards policies which others can implement. Otherwise, you're just giving a hungry man a fish. I mean, it's good, but it doesn't really scale.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-31 05:26 PM | Reply

That would be one way of knowing if your hopes might become a reality... :)

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-31 05:27 PM | Reply

That would be one way of knowing if your hopes might become a reality... :)
#22 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Funding was set aside for follow-up studies specific to the program participants. We have to maintain records for five years anyways, but have been instructed to maintain records for upwards of a decade so that the follow-up studies can be appropriately conducted.

#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-31 06:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

'Shame on you': NFL's Roger Goodell accused of hypocrisy in protest response

On Saturday, Goodell addressed Floyd's death and that of two other African Americans, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and the widespread outrage that has followed.

"The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country," Goodell said. "The protesters' reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel."

Critics pointed to the league's handling of Colin Kaepernick and his protest against police brutality in 2016, saying Goodell and the league had deliberately stifled Kaepernick and so had no right now to appear to be siding with protesters and their cause.

Michael Shawn-Dugar, a writer for The Athletic, said on Twitter, "Colin Kaepernick asked the NFL to care about the lives of black people and they banned him from their platform."

"Save the bulls---," said Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills in response to Goodell's statement.

Director Ava DuVernay, an ardent critic of the NFL, tweeted: "Shame on you. This is beyond hollow + disingenuous. This is a lie," she continued. "Your actions show who you are. You've done nothing but the exact opposite of what you describe here. Keep Mr. Floyd's name out of your mouth. Shame on you + the 'consultants' of this travesty of an organization."

All of a sudden Colin Kaepernick looks like the heroic man of consciousness that he's always been and the NFL looks like what it is - a bunch of super wealthy white people who put their own business concerns over the welfare of their own employees and customers along with the communities they come from and still live in.

#24 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-01 08:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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