Carborendum Posted March 10 Report Share Posted March 10 This CBS interview of Colin Kapernick https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colin-kaepernick-new-book-change-the-game-activism-nfl/ was an interesting look at his take on racism. First, it was a real look at what he's like in a longer conversation rather than "the public image." Was it completely genuine? Maybe, maybe not. But it was probably closer than the "image" we've seen in the past. And it is more understandable why leftists are so easily taken in by the woke culture. When they see it in this light, it seems so matter-of-fact. It seems like the "everyman" would be woke -- if you consider an NFL star and the celebrity "face of Nike" to be an everyman. I'd like to make a comment about one aspect which he and I share. We're both minorities who were adopted/raised by white parents. Some sites are saying that he "threw his parents under the bus" because they said/did some things that he considered racist. Well, I don't think he did. What he said in the interview were his observations about the mildly "racist" behavior of his parents. The fact is that my parents did very similar things with me. So, I absolutely believe he was offering an accurate portrayal. It was interesting to hear that he wasn't actually calling them racists. He asked "how do I navigate this?" That's a fair question. How do you think he did? It is easy to say that they were simply giving him good parenting advice. And that would be true. But from the woke perspective, this is "unconscious racism." In a way, I understand that. And maybe it is accurate. Maybe. But what does it matter? Did they not love him as they would have if he were white? Additional information: https://stylecaster.com/colin-kaepernick-parents/ He says they loved him. But they just didn't understand what it was like for a black kid growing up. They probably didn't. But what struck me was that he felt like there were some things that were "inherently black" that he actually had a choice about. Why did he choose those things? Were they good choices that would produce good results? Or were they simply preferences that accentuated differences? The corn rows discussion seem to fall into the latter category. Based on nearly zero information on his parents that seems to be publicly available, I'll go ahead and concede him a point. His parents were products of their times and had some "harmless racist perspectives" that were part of mainstream culture of the time. Why was that such a big deal? The fact is that everyone has mild racism. It is because the human mind wants to categorize things in order to make sense of the world. You're going to get some things right and some things wrong. The same can be said about any type if categorizing method we use to make sense of anything. By that token, my parents were also racist. And they didn't try to hide it. They seemed to want to accentuate it. In later years, my father told me that he did that to prevent the "walking on eggshells" atmosphere regarding race in our household. In a sense, it worked. But it also showed me that he wasn't all that rational / logical of a human being. For the most part I didn't even think about race growing up. But they sure did. I just did what I did because I seemed to gravitate towards things. And what happened? I'm now an Asian engineer. Wow! Didn't see that coming. So, after listening to Kapernick talk about his upbringing, I realized that we had a lot of similar experiences -- or rather, parallel, experiences regarding racist parents. But the difference is that I ended up just doing what I do because I followed my nature without thinking about race. He chose to do what he did by "blaming" all his success and fortune on a racist culture that hates him so much that it made him a multi-millionaire. Backroads and Godless 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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