Hey Kaepernick: ‘Numbers….Don’t….Lie’

When I first heard that Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem of a preseason game my first thought was, “is he still in the league”?  I honestly thought that the 49ers realized that he was worth a number 3 spot in a quarterback rotation at best and sent him packing.  But obviously I was wrong and he obviously needed to do something to draw attention to himself because the writing on the wall pointed to him be cut prior to the start of the season.

He certainly accomplished that and then some.

As the days went by, we heard all the pundits saying that he has the right, first amendment, blah blah blah…  Of course he has the right to sit during the anthem while simultaneously keeping his spot warm and toasty on the bench.  Everyone has the right and no one challenged that right.  In fact, I didn’t hear anyone complain about the actual sitting as much as his message afterward.

He stood up and spewed the rhetoric of the day and yet never pointed to one example.

He spoke of oppression with no actual proof.

He made the statement that cops are killing innocent people and being put on leave with pay while not charged with a crime without any evidence of the such.

It’s obvious that Colin Kaepernick has not been paying much attention to the news lately.  Not that a bias media would actually sensationalize the system when it works, but officers have been charged in several cases as of late.  Some deservedly so.  Some simply due to political pressure and appeasement which is exactly what occurred in Baltimore.

It boggles my mind that when someone makes a false, uninformed statement, their supporters respond by saying “well at least he or she is provoking a meaningful  conversation”.  Yet when a certain billionaire running for President says something somewhat idiotic and ill advised, it’s not cause for reflective dialogue or debate.  He’s simply a bigot.

Kaepernick hasn’t addressed the unbiased, factual studies that prove that white Americans are being shot and killed by police at double the rate of black Americans, even thought whites don’t commit nearly as many violent crimes.  And please don’t give me the whole “13% of the population” nonsense.  The fact that 13% of the population commits more violent crime than all other races combined is gross and sickening.  But lets not address that!

Hey Kappy!!  Numbers don’t lie.  They never have.  When factual numbers show that whites are being killed by police at twice the rate of blacks, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the truth: that cops are hesitating when it comes to shoot/don’t shoot situations with the black community.  If one was to simply use the most basic math and equate white violent crime and the number of fatalities during encounters with police and apply that same formula to the black community, those numbers would show that blacks would be involved in fatal encounters with police at 5 times the rate that currently exists.

Numbers…Don’t….Lie!

And while we’re on the topic of numbers, take a gander at these:

  1.  13th Amendment (abolish slavery) 100 percent Republican approval – 23 percent Democrat
  2. 14th Amendment (freed slave citizenship) 94 percent Republican – 0 percent Democrat
  3. 15th Amendment (right to vote for all) 100 percent Republican – 0 percent Democrat

Why the history lesson?  When Kappy and Co. spew nonsense from their high horses, one common theme always seems to be presented….that somehow citizens of today are still feeling the effects of slavery.  Some are still victims while others are still culprits.  Yet none of those attempting to preach history when applying to today ever mention the above listed facts.  They always seem to think that Republican, and thereby conservative minded folks are the moving force behind their current predicament.

Because a large number of police officers are conservative leaning, they’re behind their oppression.  But take a look.  It’s right there in black and white, no pun intended.

Numbers….Don’t….Lie!

Those that you think are your friends have been the most responsible for the never ending cycle of struggle within the black community.  We have talking heads, and professors, and preachers all trying to tell us how this is this or that is that.  We’re constantly being told how this group or that group shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions simply because of the sins of the past.

Most of today’s issues can be explained in one simple three letter word.  Are you ready?  Rut.

Did I just blow your mind?  A rut: a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change. 

We all know what a rut is.  We’ve all been in a rut.  Hell, I’ve been is several.  When an entire community is constantly told not to go to school and don’t get a job then the odds are stacked against you.  It’s not your fault.  But don’t worry, we got your back.  Here you go…food, housing, heating, free cell phones, healthcare.  What ever you need, consider it done.  Remember, it’s not your fault, it’s the establishment.

The only thing you have to worry about is voting for us next election because those other guys don’t want you to have this.  Have you figured out which party I’m talking about yet?  BINGO!

Physical slavery may have ended, but institutional slavery is alive and well.

Imagine being told your entire life not to set goals and not to shoot for the stars.  Eventually you will lose pride.  You will lose dignity and you will lose confidence.  This in turn breeds laziness and depression.  A rut.  A multi-generational awful cycle of feeling worthless good for nothing rut.

But it doesn’t apply to all.  Look at Kaepernick.  Look at those like Kaepernick.  Some grew up with nothing and some without fathers.  Some grew up without hope and did they fall into that rut?  Nope.  They fought against it.  They stayed committed to the one thing that the establishment can’t take away from anyone: an education.

They stayed committed, dedicated and goal oriented.  And they made it to probably the biggest stage we have in this country: major league sports.  And those that gave it their all but didn’t get the call on draft day, they walked away with a degree.  So why wouldn’t Kaepernick and his pigskin brethren speak the truth?  Why wouldn’t he address the real ills that are plaguing the black community?  Especially since he could have and should have been another statistic, with a black father that bailed before he was born.  But nope, he made it.  Not all on his own of course.  He was adopted by a white family.  What a great system.  ‘Muricaaa!!

He wouldn’t have been adopted given the same circumstances in any other country.

Kappy and his boys would be much more productive addressing their community and saying “hey, look at us.  Look what we did.  Look how we made it….how we defeated “da man!”.  African American athletes have the chance and the ability to be phenomenal role models and guides for their communities by just simply leading by example.  Teaching.  Mentoring.  You’ll never hear a black athlete saying that he or she made it to the big leagues by selling drugs or rolling with a gang.  It’s unfortunate that some in the black community would rather look up to some of the vile, repulsive celebrities and hip hop artists as they glorify their upbringing.  Even though some of them have never seen a gang, it sells records with it’s never ending call for violence and drugs.  Not to mention it’s disgusting use of the N-word as a term of endearment, easily the most evil word in the English language.

So no Kap, don’t lead by example.  Just bash and spew, forcing your teams hand not to cut you.  You knew they didn’t want to deal with the backlash that was sure to come.  It’s oppression.  It’s the cops fault.  It’s that fault of the power structure aka white men. It’s funny though…getting back to the whole “13%” argument.  Of that 13% percent, how many are old enough or eligible to vote?   Yet Obama won in a landslide….TWICE.  How could that be?  I’ll give you a hint..it rhymes with white people.  White America made Obama a two term President.  In the greater scheme the eligible black vote would barely show up in the statistics.  Is that oppression?  Black President.  Black Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice.

We are not witnessing oppression my friend.  We are witnessing progress.

Instead of impeding it, maybe think about embracing it.  Maybe thing about fueling it.  Increasing its volume and mass till it explodes.  You’ve done it yourself.  Now teach others.  It’s much easier to do that than to cry as you count your $19 million.

I apologize for the long diatribe on an issue that I claim not to care about in the least.  I don’t care that he sat.  I don’t care that he knelt.  I care that as police officers, our response has been one of anger and spite.  We’re tougher than that.  We’re smarter than that.  No person that only gets a chance to play during the preseason should obtain more than one second of our time or thoughts.  We’ve seen this before too many times to count.

Someone will use any available platform to campaign for what he or she knows nothing about.

Any of us with a good amount of time on the job were locking people up as rookies.  People with the same outlook on life and rhetoric that Kappy and his friends in the biz continue to run with.  Did anything change?  Not a damn thing.  Years later we were locking up the children of those same subjects and if we’re on the job long enough, the grandchildren.  Each generation spewing the same message.  It’s always someone else’s fault.  I say we swallow our pride and let morons be morons.  It’s essentially job security for us anyway right?

To react is to embolden.

If we don’t give them the time of day, the platform doesn’t last long at all.  The pulpit crumbles.  So let them sit, stand, kneel, pick their nose, urinate, etc…  Never let people see you sweat.  Never let people think they got you or that they got the upper hand.  There are people all over the country and in those stadiums that need us.  Let’s not boycott over some spoiled bench warmer.  No athlete or celebrity, good or bad, should have that effect on us.  It feels great to speak up, but negative people will win every time because that is their objective.  Our life still goes on.  What they do or say shouldn’t impact our lives one bit.  Unless it’s Tom Brady of course.

Be safe.


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  1. Doreen Gaffney Barr

    Black Americans need to start acting and reacting like adults. Wait for the complete investigation, wait for the court protocol, stop equating justice with destruction. It’s immature vigilante behavior. Black Americans are feared more than any other race because of the high level of violent crime in their communities. It’s not rocket science that if violent criminals come from the black community more than all other races combined, would you be more likely to cross the street if you saw Asian teens or black teens. Call it racial profiling if you want, I call it common sense and my right to protect myself. Now why would officers think any different? They’re not idiots either. That’s why everyone keeps telling BLM about black on black crime. You have to look further at it to put 2 plus 2 together. My thoughts.

  2. ronald mccullough

    13th Amendment (abolish slavery) 100 percent Republican approval – 23 percent Democrat
    14th Amendment (freed slave citizenship) 94 percent Republican – 0 percent Democrat
    15th Amendment (right to vote for all) 100 percent Republican – 0 percent Democrat
    thats all nice and fine but in a 150 years since that happened the Democrats that were asshole back then are the Republican who are asshole right, our national anthem was written by a racist and the anthem itself is sorta racist so much so that they removed the third verse so everyone could say it. and the real reason cops shoot so many white and blacks is because you guys have gotten so fat riding around in your interceptors that you cant run suspects down anymore SAD!

    • Law Officer

      So you took an article full of specific facts and statistics and threw out insults. I think our point has been proven here.

    • laughing tyger

      “….and the real reason cops shoot so many white and blacks is because you guys have gotten so fat riding around in your interceptors that you cant run suspects down anymore SAD!”

      This is a fever dream. Are you REALLY a Marine….? You don’t seem like it…. This complaint of yours smacks of envy….resentment….never have I seen envy or resentment in a Marine. If I’m wrong, and you are a Marine, I apologize and Thank You For Your Service….

      OK back to the subject at hand …The media has distorted reality around this issue. Here’s the actual reality as opposed to the “narrative-scary-story-time” bullsh!t…

      There is no epidemic of police killing black men – or anyone for that matter. The “epidemic” is one of mass stupidity and greed within the “media” … the media is distorting this and driving emotion to MAKE MONEY.

      Think about this: there are MILLIONS of police/citizen contacts a year in America. I found numbers for 2011…..

      From the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. In 2013 they published numbers for 2011:

      “In 2011, over 62.9 million U.S. residents age 16 or older, or 26% of the population, had one or more contacts with police during the prior 12 months (figure 1). For about half (49%) of persons experiencing contact with police, the most recent contact was involuntary or police-initiated.”

      So let’s look at the 30 million INVOLUNTARY contacts. Let’s say every year 1000 people die resisting arrest (Washington Post found when they tracked police deaths in 2015 965 were killed, I used that number because many don’t trust the FBI’s lower numbers and WAPO left no stone unturned)

      Link to WAPO research: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/wp/2015/12/26/2015/12/26/a-year-of-reckoning-police-fatally-shoot-nearly-1000/

      The number we get is this .003 .In other words…. .3% – a fraction of one percent. It is EXTREMELY RARE for people to be killed by our police officers.

      Here is a link to a NYTimes article that features recent research by a Black researcher who found that

      … when it comes to, ” the most extreme use of force – officer-involved shootings …..we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/upshot/surprising-new-evidence-shows-bias-in-police-use-of-force-but-not-in-shootings.html?_r=1

      But you wouldn’t know that by the reporting. The way the media is focusing on it, one gets the impression it’s happening way more than it is.

      • ronald mccullough

        Wait a minute what happen to the star spangled banner and how racist it is? not how many blacks are being shoot compared to white, but the reason for that is american police officers receive the least amount of training in the western world averaging 8 to 9 week then one year as a probation in Germany its three years you know how many police shooting they have “since you brought it up” they average 2 to 4 a year since 1999 and that a country of 69 million people the police in this country even if they were wholly racist with a high degree of training it wouldn’t show up so much and the press would be making you nervous so much, because anybody who write all that with all those stats is trying to prove something and with nearly 428 unarmed people black and white shot across this country that lets me know that its amateur hour in a lot of police department across this country, I dont care if the police arrest or shoot dead every armed maniac in this country but what i will not put up with is them shooting unarmed people because there scared or have predigests in there head this is the part were there training kicks in but since thats lacking they make mistakes fatal one. Im a tax payer and the police i fund need to be perfect because thats what i pay them for and if that too hard the world needs plenty of bartenders

        • laughing tyger

          You didn’t read my post. It’s clear. Read it. Then talk to me.

          • ronald mccullough

            i read it so what one life is too many if it comes from inadequate training “which is the same as incompetence” or bigotry and you didn’t read mine Germany had two police encounters where the suspect died TWO! and they were armed in a country of 69 million people, here are the only facts the media and politicians and the public care about” Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to under-reporting and 37% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population also Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015 and here the kicker Only 10 of the 102 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime, and only 2 of these deaths (Matthew Ajibade and Eric Harris) resulted in convictions of officers involved. Only 1 of 2 officers convicted for their involvement in Matthew Ajibade’s death received jail time. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekends. Deputy Bates, who killed Eric Harris, was sentenced back in May 31. that last fact is what really gets people really mad. there no accountability and where theirs no accountability incompetency runs wild. if law enforcement just did a better job of policing itself we would not be going back and forth like this no one cares about stats when theirs no justice for innocent people black and white

          • laughing tyger

            If “one life is too many” how come no one cares about the officers (of ALL RACES mind you) being slaughtered – ambushed – massacred..?

            I keep seeing that line it is HYPOCRISY in full, stinking bloom.

            Germany? Forget Germany. Their demographics just shifted radically. They no longer have a near “mono-culture”. Mono-cultures are easier to police for obvious reasons. Policing all over Europe is now FAR more hard core than it was just two years ago.

            I thought you are a Marine .. if so you know DAMN WELL one doesn’t have to have a gun to be a mortal threat.

            Something to understand: Because black people commit more violent crimes they have more police contact. That is a fact.

            RELAX!!! I’m not racist. Check this out: White people – contrary to popular opinion – are more violent than Latino people (who in turn are more violent than Asian people). Different cultures are different.

            This right here tells me you are looking at this through a prism….one that does not allow for creative or more complex thought…it’s rigid “10 of the 102 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime” implying that all of the officers should have been charged – but they weren’t …

            Because the shootings were justified! You can’t approach these the same way as murders. These are overwhelmingly justified and if not – they are MISTAKES. Murders are intentional.

            Not familiar with the two cases you presented..but it doesn’t matter. My point wasn’t that these horrible events don’t occur…. but that they’re RARE.

            And again if you cared about people dying why not care about the wholesale massacring of our police officers > OF ALL RACES <

            My guess? You don't know the extent of the carnage. I blame the media that is distorting reality and at this point emotionally abusing the country through lies and propaganda designed to help the Democrats.

            Lastly …ARE YOU REALLY A MARINE? You basically said said an unarmed person is never a threat …. that's bullsh!t and you should know it.

          • ronald mccullough

            “Something to understand: Because black people commit more violent crimes they have more police contact. That is a fact” your right, even though the crime part stem from social economical regression of the African American community after desegregation but that another issue that we cant solve here but to the main point. you are correct blacks commit a large portion of crime to there population but that should not make every interaction with African American be precieved in the officer head as a situation that could escalated to a life or dead situation were he has to pull his gun and fire just because the black person was acting scared or weird they should die for that and any officer who shoot and unarmed civilian should not be a police officer. police being slaughtered – ambushed – massacred join the club its called public service I’ve done it for 19 years now its a thankless dangerous job “Thank you for your service” BLAH! i never put up with one of my guys complaining how dangerous their duty are, when they gave you the gun that should have been a hint.People die in my line of work that the way it is i never complain i mourn for them and move on but i never allowed that to cloud my judgement in any situation were i had to deal with the locals because if i shoot one of them because of some precieved threat in my head “THATS MY ASS” straight to Leavenworth.

          • laughing tyger

            “… that should not make every interaction with African American be precieved in the officer head as a situation that could escalated to a life or dead situation were he has to pull his gun and fire just because the black person was acting scared or weird..”

            Maybe people should calm down and not be so “scared or weird”….?

            Fear creation. That’s one of the problems with the lies – they make people think the world is more dangerous then it is – that police are these crazed murderous racists out to get black people – when they aren’t. They just have a job to do.

            That being said we should make sure they have enough money for top notch training…as you noted (I think you mentioned training) – it’s important. Too often police departments are starved by crappy city governments. Yet another way politicians cause problems but are off the hook. I hate politicians. They can actually vote themselves raises … did you know that? I digress …

            As I noted earlier, police encounters are deadly in only A FRACTION OF ONE PERCENT OF contacts with citizens.

            So if I have a hundred dollars and I give you the same percentage of it as police shootings …. I’d give you roughly 30 cents. I keep $99.70 you get 30 cents That’s how small the number is. These are rough numbers it could 25 cents or 40 cents … you get my point.

            The media is pushing this to make money. It’s disgusting. I blame them and have a lot of anger toward them. They have the ONLY job protected by the constitution – right there in the very first amendment. What do they do ? Crap all over it for money. Just horrible.

            What ever it is that you do MP? Security? – stay safe.

        • Truth

          8 to 9 weeks of training? Where do you get this garbage from?

          • ronald mccullough

            its that not the average time police recruit spend at the academy across the country?

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