The more they can rally you along partisan lines against a fake enemy they’ve manufactured themselves, the longer they can keep you from turning and facing the real enemy.
The thing is, if the media keeps covering Kaepernick, they will keep inadvertently exposing people to the truth while they try to simultaneously get ratings and switch the narratives to wedge tactics.
Kaepernick said he didn’t believe any of the candidates, including President-elect Donald Trump, who in the past criticized the quarterback’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, would change a system that he said “oppresses people of color.”
“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.’”
“You know, I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote,” Kaepernick told reporters. “I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression.”
As a follow-up question on Sunday, Kaepernick was asked that if there was more of a sense of urgency with his cause now that Trump has been elected.
“I think everybody should feel urgency, to make sure we’re doing the right thing, building things the right way, in order to be able to protect ourselves from the things that may come from this,” Kaepernick said.
Kaepernick is so far beyond just being a football player. This guy is an activist and, despite all the distraction tactics being employed by the establishment in both the media and politics, he is communicating messages about very real problems, and those messages are getting out to the public. Or, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar put it in August, 2016:
What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here.
The only way this ever changes is if more people can understand the very ideas behind Kareem’s and Kaepernick’s statements and acts and, fortunately, when truth tellers have a platform to write, and when truth tellers get covered by the establishment media machine, even if their intention is to play good cop, bad cop with Donald Trump as the heel, some truth does get passed along.
EDIT: It seems that Shannon Sharpe also nailed it: