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What To The Intelligent Is Colin Kaepernick? A Fraud

Frederick Douglass spent the entirety of his adult life fighting tirelessly for black people and women to be recognized as full United States citizens.

Douglass, a famous black abolitionist in the 1800s, used Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence as the foundation of his argument to end slavery.

That’s why it struck me as ill-informed that Colin Kaepernick would use Douglass’ What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July speech as the audio backdrop for his incendiary tweet condemning America’s Independence Day.

Kap, aka Mute-hammad Ali, tweeted Saturday morning:

“Black people have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized and terrorized by America for centuries and are expected to join your commemoration of independence, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to liberation for all.”

The tweet linked to a video of actor James Earl Jones reading Douglass’ 1852 speech decrying American slavery while images of police shootings, lynchings and other acts of racist brutality flashed across the screen.

Kaepernick’s tweet has received more than 170,000 likes and 60,000 retweets. I could not find — and I searched — for a more popular Fourth-of-July social-media post than Kap’s rebuke of our nation’s holiday.

Like all things Kaepernick and most things limited to 280 characters, Kaepernick’s tweet heard ‘round the world is breathtakingly uninformed and devoid of substance. It’s a divisive hot take packaged as righteous indignation. 

The popularity of the tweet speaks to the corrosive power of Jack Dorsey’s invention. Social media amplifies and legitimizes the voices of idiots, anarchists and race-baiters. Without Twitter, Colin Kaepernick would be a flash-in-the-pan, long-forgotten quarterback, not much different from Stan Humphries, Jake Delhomme, Kerry Collins and Neil O’Donnell.

Twitter is Kap’s costume. The man afraid to speak in public gets to masquerade as Brain Dead Fred Douglass.

Frederick Douglass interpreted Jefferson’s declaration as the blueprint for emancipation. Yes, Jefferson owned slaves. But Jefferson, George Washington and several other Founding Fathers recognized the immorality of slavery and planted the seeds for its removal in the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

At the time of this nation’s founding, slavery was a global sin committed by black, white, brown and yellow sinners across the planet. Black people in Africa owned white (and black) slaves. Black people in America, as early as the 1600s, owned black (and white) slaves. That’s not a typographical error. Black people in America owned black and white slaves. 

The United States of America, because of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, was actually a global leader in abolishing slavery. As writer and historian Thomas Sowell has repeatedly pointed out, long after the U.S. Emancipation Proclamation, blacks in Northern Africa still bought, sold and utilized white slaves.  

Slavery was a global phenemenon. Economies were reliant on it. You couldn’t just snap your fingers and make that kind of global tradition go away. The world still hasn’t rid itself of slavery. 

But we have and did. And we did it before most of the rest of the civilized world because our imperfect Founding Fathers had foresight. 

They created a system of governance based on guiding principles that allows our nation to evolve faster than others. America is plagued by systemic evolution, not systemic racism. 

Does racism and unfairness exist in America? Hell, yes! They exist everywhere. Thank God our system of governance and the principles established at our founding are the most effective tools in fighting racism and unfairness. 

Thank God we have systemic evolution.

Kaepernick critics dug up a handful of his old tweets celebrating the Fourth of July and the American military. The tweets I saw were from 2011. Kap has certainly evolved over the past decade. He’s a different person. 

Humans evolve. Nations don’t? America, a collection of humans, hasn’t evolved? 

What is with us as black Americans that we think slavery and racial victimhood are central to our identity? Why? Every race of human beings has been a slave and an enslaver. 

On Saturday, someone close to me texted me Douglass’ What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July speech. I responded: “Are you a slave? I’m not. I’m a Christian.”

I respect the history of my ancestors. I take pride in our rise. But slavery does not remotely define my identity. It doesn’t tell you anything about me. I don’t look at the world through the eyes of a slave. 

In 1852, when Douglass gave his speech, he appropriately characterized the Fourth of July as a great big lie, a failure to live up to the words printed at the founding of this nation. 

In 2020, given all that we know and all the blood spilled in pursuit of the ideals Jefferson expressed, the Declaration of Independence is the most important document in the African-American journey. 

Without it, we might be like West Africa, Haiti, Pakistan, India and other places and countries that have yet to rid themselves of slavery.

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Written by Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. Thank you thank you thank you Jason. I appreciate you bringing intelligence to these conversations. The problem is will anyone engage you? No because the woke brigade is afraid of truth, logic and facts, as they only deal in emotion and feelings.

    • I agree with so much you say. When you said, ‘I don’t see my life through the eyes of a slave’ gave me chills because it’s the moist impactful statement that should be said or felt through every person of color today.We have all been given a life from our ancestors who went through hell in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with their heads held high and never cried or whined about what they didn’t have. Why? Because if they wanted it, they worked their asses off to get it. And who’s the product of our parents’ efforts and two or three jobs? We are. Colin needs to STFU and maybe realize that his ‘privilege’ is being used by BLM. Maybe he should be pissed off at his biological father! Maybe he should direct his venom to men who impregnate women and leave them to raise their children on their own with their families help. (Yup, I’m one of them)
      I have given up social media and will not let that dictate my life or my feelings anymore. I’m going old school and reading articles with facts.
      Keep up the good work that all of you are doing over there at Outkick. We are all listening and reading.

  2. Like you wrote in a previous article, Colin hates his black father and white mother for abandoning him. He probably hates the white couple that adopted him. He definitely hates himself and the country he lives in. He needs a good psychologist, but I think it may be too late, cause hate, anger, and fear are what drives him.

  3. Speaking the truth, stating the facts, and sharing your Christian values and proud American Patriotism are all the reasons I look forward to going online to read what you’ve posted. I have been saying some of these same things to those friends and family who do not seek the truth, but are influenced by social media and today’s liberal so-called news. This post will be shared with many of them.
    Thanks Jason.

  4. Great as always Jason. You’ve given a lot of commentary to the symptoms but not as much on the intent of these figures. It would be great to hear from you on that. How much money are these people making off sowing division?

  5. Four years later. We’re still debating Kaepernick. America forgot about 9/11 quicker than this man.

    Kaepernick is a symbol of rightist cancel culture keeping him out of football (yes…the cancel culture bull—- goes both ways). He’s an even bigger symbol for negativity bias. You can have 100 good things happen but that one bad thing always irks ya. There are truths to what he’s saying but he’s taking the bad and multiplying it by 1,000,000.

    I don’t believe Kaepernick has bad intentions. That July 4 tweet though is evidence that these past few years have made in increasingly resentful. The man is supposedly a Lutheran. He needs to get back in touch with those roots. An increasingly spiteful message won’t help that cause.

    • I’m sorry, i just have to post his game against the Bears in 2016, an NFL football game where he is supposed to be the leader HE CANCELLED HIMSELF WITH TERRIBLE PLAY…and then decided to be a victim’s hero..anyway:

      Blaine Gabbert 4/10 35 3.5 0 0 1-8 7.2 50.0
      Colin Kaepernick 1/5 4 0.8 0 0 5-25 1.9 39.6
      TEAM 5/15 6 2.6 0 0 6-33 — 42.4

      Kap started, Gabbert subbed…

  6. Some day someone needs to do a serious docu-drama of the Kap-ER-Nick story. Maybe a short film in a Hollywood (or Australia) using ‘spaghetti western’ style photography and 3 central characters similar to the “Good, The Bad and the Ugly” with Clint Eastwood.

    *in honor of that movie and the death of the creator of the iconic soundtrack to spaghetti westerns, which is still used today after nearly 60 years as a signal for controversy or A Wild West Style shootout in almost any context.

    Chip Kelly is the bad guy. Colin is the Ugly Guy. And the good Guy too.

    Movie fades in from dark And zooms into to the sidelines of a 49ers preseason game in 2016, as Chip Kelly says To kap, ‘you are out. Go pout over there, but don’t make it look like you were benched for bad QB play’.

    . … Kap scratches his head as a cartoon light bulb goes off over his head with a bubble of text. It says what he’s thinking. … movie fades back out … as you hear the soundtrack to ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’.

    The End ?

    • Thanks for the Good, the bad and the ugly reference. Ennio Morricone will be missed. What a legend he was. With the way sports in general are going though, there will only be the bad and the ugly left of sports. Sad to see, but sports are fundamentally changing for the worse.

  7. Hey Jason,
    You put it very well, Jason, when someone close to you played the slavery card on the holiday. Your response was a full house in my book! How ironic that your friend’s gambit was the ultimate in white supremacy, instilled in and perpetrated by privileged liberal elites who want to keep us divided.
    So the “ancient civilizations”…we hear about their awe-inspiring accomplishments! The first four “great” civilizations: China, Egypt, Mesopotamia/Babylon, and India. Slavery was fundamental and essential to all. So too with Greece, Rome, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Aztec and Inca Empires. Slavery was the way of the world. The indigenous native tribes of North America…them too. They didn’t become noble ’til much later. Seems most of the world has moved on from that part of their histories.
    Gotta give it to them; the elites got their playbook down pat…no audibles…great clock management every time. And having the fourth estate in their corner pretty much seals the deal.
    Thank you for all your efforts!!!
    Rick

  8. I cannot thank you enough Mr Whitllok for being a reasonable, educated voice. I love Clay and his show, but YOU were the tipping point for me to plunk down my $99 to join. Your voice, along with Clay’s, are so important right now as I believe enemies fo the USA are leveraging pro sports and other entertainment to place a wedge between Americans. As far as I am concerned, LeBron, Kaepernick and others like over 90% of the sports media are (I hope unknowing) puppets for Communist China and other nations invested in the downfall of the USA.

  9. Mr. Whitlock, I’ve been following your career for the last few years. I’m much older than you in age but not in life values and beliefs. You are one of the few in the sports commentary world who I relate to. I realize in today’s world, it must at times be difficult for you to speak your truth and receive a great deal of negative backlash. I’m sorry that that’s the “social media” world in which we live. Remain steadfast and true, there are many, many people who hold similar beliefs as yours. It’s truly refreshing and a joy to hear and read your words. Thank you so much for what you doing…keep it up. a friendly VIP member and supporter, Dr. Kenneth Albano, Coral Gables Fl……..Colin Kaepernick is a total fraud and poser….he’s so blessed and lucky to live in the USA …..not CUBA

  10. Right on brother!… we all live under the same roof … too bad some are special…as has been said “the last shall be first” … our place with the Lord knows not anger or hate …Love and self respect … let’s continue the quest… Jason , may God continue to bless you to speak real …❤️??

  11. Know who has a far more powerful voice than Colin Kaepernick? That would be Jason Whitlock.
    The sportsworld will never admit it, but they wake up every morning wondering what Jason will write about today. In a culture that is ignorant of data and devoid of rational thinking, Jason and Clay provide the most poignant insight and thought leadership — and that’s not just limited to sports.
    ROCK ON, Outkick!

  12. Whitlock, I’ve loosely followed you throughout your career, always reading your articles whenever they showed up on ESPN.com and your other stops, and I would watch Speak for Yourself as I enjoyed watching you make black liberals’ heads spin with your logic. When I heard you were moving here, I started listening to the podcast and started making this site a must-read each day, and I make sure I get your article read each day. I’ve known of Clay and OTK for a while, but didn’t fully appreciate it for whatever reason until I heard you were on board here. This article was the last straw – I canceled my Amazon Prime account and decided I’d spend that $100 here each year from now on. Keep up the good work.

    • I should add – it’s wonderful to hear a black man speak common sense about black culture, as a white man my voice would be completely ignored by black people despite the fact that I would probably say many of the same things you do about certain things. It’s gratifying to know that there are black AMERICANS like you who are independent, not requiring a religious devotion to leftism or ‘walking away’ and going Republican. I’m unable to be the kind of apolitical person that you are, it’s just not in my DNA, so to hear a lot of what I say and think coming from an independent source is also gratifying. It’s as if common sense is considered a conservative/Republican thing nowadays, which makes sense why you are constantly called a conservative or a Trump supporter by the Left that thinks all black people are monolithic!

  13. That last paragraph is hard to read. I have always wondered how people who “lean left” would respond to brilliant minds like Thomas Sowell or Jordan Peterson. These two seem to dismantle all the far lefts ideas at every level. Victimhood is detrimental to anyone who consistently falls back into it. Always had a hard time processing how people would willing say others control them and are powerless unless others solve the problem for them.

  14. absolutely awesome piece by whitlock once again. This is why you spend the 99 bucks to support this site, last reasonable voices in sports media.I want espn to fail, because kap had no interest in playing football again. Had a good childhood and is ungrateful for america.

  15. I just signed up for the VIP membership 1st: Due to thought provoking articles such as this. 2nd: Clay Travis’ podcast regarding Kaep being signed by ESPN to further increase his faux/divisive brand of race baiting with little to no substance. Keep up the good fight and continue to push back against the woke agenda and further attempts to use sports to divide Americans; rather than bring us together. I was initially devastated when Whitlock left SFY, but appears bigger and better things are definitely on the horizon!?

  16. Jason, I’m a KC Chiefs season ticket holder. What would you do with your ticket this fall? I’m very conflicted with NFL’s decision to blindly support BLM. I support black lives matter but BLM is a Marxist organization bent on destroying America.

  17. I remember Jason pointed out on SFY a year or so ago that Kaepernick’s tweets don’t sound like him as he never used the big words and he was not a good speaker in his interviews. Being such a poor orator, silence is the better move for Kaep. Kaep probably has a number of ghostwriters and you just pick the quote you like best, and then unleash it upon the world.

  18. “They created a system of governance based on guiding principles that allows our nation to evolve faster than others. America is plagued by systemic evolution, not systemic racism.” ~ Jason Whitlock

    I don’t know how you keep doing it Whit, but you do. You really outdid yourself this time.

  19. Jason great history lesson . The founding father declare these rights given by our Creator (GOD) . That statement . Took the question of slavery out of the hands of man. And in to GODS hands . Knowing that Christians beliefs would end slavery . The words of the battle hymn of the republic state clearly.

  20. Jason you are fantastic. Been thinking of signing up as a VIP for awhile and after reading this I jumped in with both feet. Identity politics is toxic and will bring misery for all races. Identify with principals and morals not race!

  21. Truth and intelligence with rational thought. Refreshing and stimulating. The further the world gets plunged into emotional chaos and victimhood the more important it is that we overcome with facts and truth.

  22. So glad you are working with Outkick you were one a few people worth listening to with you’re excellent historical analysis on the issues. Keep plugging Thomas Sowell and include Walter Williams two of the greatest thinkers and writers in history that nobody knows. Will be a sad day when these great men pass. Lucky to have other great voices like yourself Larry Elder Sonnie Johnson to enlighten and educate and carry the torch. God bless take care

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