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The Social Justice Bench-Warmer

Ask yourself this — how much of the social-justice racket being run by Black Lives Matter, the gay mafia and the other activists among the identitarian Hard Left is little more than a mask for poor performance?

After all, Black Lives Matter spends an inordinate amount of time and energy howling about the mistreatment of black youth by white police officers and very little in decrying the circumstances in the Democrat-run cities where those cops fight a daily losing battle to keep safe neighborhoods torn apart by economic and cultural ruin. It wasn’t Republicans who ran Baltimore, Detroit, Ferguson and Chicago into the ground, after all — in each of those places and lots more where Black Lives Matter finds purchase there hasn’t been a GOP mayor in more than half a century.

And it certainly wasn’t conservative principles which made those cities economically uncompetitive. Nor was it the harsh puritan Christianity such as the social-justice Left eviscerates cultural conservatives for which created the criminality, out-of-wedlock childbirth, governmental dependency and loss of family so prominent in the cultural degredation of America’s urban landscape.

No, it was liberals who brought on the sad reality Black Lives Matter feeds on to fuel the rage of its adherents toward the “racist status quo.” Funny how their anger is being channeled into voting for Hillary Clinton, the single most inappropriate candidate possible to benefit from it — after all, if you hate Wall Street you can’t like Clinton. If you hate the injustice of “white privilege,” she’s tough to like with her $250,000 speeches and influence-peddling, and her get-out-of-jail-free email scandal.

And if you hate the mass incarceration of black lawbreakers that Black Lives Matter decries as proof of American racism, Hillary Clinton and her husband ushered in that status quo while the latter was president in the 1990s.

Black Lives Matter masks failure. The Left has proven that practice works. So when one of the cultural Left’s protégés, a San Francisco radio DJ and MTV host named Nessa Diab, an ethnic Egyptian whose ideological curriculum vitae includes Islam, Fidel Castro fandom, and Black Lives Matter agitation, found her way into the life of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as his girlfriend since last year, the stage was set for the conversion of a prominent athlete into perhaps America’s most high-profile meltdown.

It needs to be understood that the Kaepernick the public is seeing this week, as his career in San Francisco staggers to a close — the buzz around the NFL is he will be cut loose as part of the team’s NFL-mandated deadline to reach the 53-man roster limit Monday — is not the Kaepernick he was raised to be. He’s not, strictly speaking, black — he’s bi-racial. Kaepernick’s biological father was black, and he took to the wind after impregnating Kaepernick’s biological mother. She was 19 at the time and wasn’t confident in her ability to raise a child by herself, and so put him up for adoption shortly after his birth; he was taken in by a white couple in Milwaukee, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick.

When he was four, Colin’s family moved from Wisconsin to Tustin, California, where a whopping 2.51 percent of the population is African-American. In Tustin, Colin played youth football, basketball, and baseball and excelled; he boasted a 94 MPH fastball in high school and on the gridiron he earned All-District, All-Conference and All-Academic recognition during a stellar career at Pitman High School in nearby Turlock. But Kaepernick’s throwing motion, which to this day is unconventional to be charitable, scared away most college football programs, so Pitman head coach Larry Nigro, who is white, made an exhaustive highlight reel of his exploits which his brother Chris made 100 DVD copies of and sent to virtually every Division 1 school.

And it turned out that the University of Nevada at Reno was the only one of those schools to offer Kaepernick a scholarship. Nevada’s white football coach Chris Ault offered the scholarship on the advice of his white assistant Barry Sacks, who interestingly enough was convinced he was worth signing when he saw him dominate a basketball game despite playing with a 102-degree fever.

Nevada actually offered Kaepernick as a safety rather than a quarterback; Ault didn’t think that throwing motion could hold up, and figured his athleticism would better serve in the defensive backfield. But when injuries decimated the quarterback position in his redshirt freshman season, Kaepernick got a chance at his favorite position and suddenly thrived; by the time his career was over he’d thrown for 10,098 yards and 82 touchdowns while rushing for 4,112 yards and 59 more scores. To watch Kaepernick play quarterback in Ault’s offense at Nevada was one of the most entertaining shows in all of college football; defenses in the wide-open Western Athletic Conference simply were no match for him.

So Kaepernick ended up a second-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, the team he always wanted to play for. And by his second year in 2012, Kaepernick had been given an opportunity to start — and led his team all the way to the Super Bowl, falling to the Baltimore Ravens in the quest for a title. He maintained his starting job in 2013 and 2014, posting solid, if not elite, passing numbers but standing as one of the best running quarterbacks in the league. But in 2014 evidence of budding character issues surfaced — Kaepernick was fined $11,000 by the NFL after calling an opposing player a “f–king nig–r” amid an on-field scuffle during a game with the Chicago Bears. He nevertheless was granted a new contract worth $114 million with over $60 million of it in guaranteed money after the 2014 season.

And after he started dating Diab, Kaepernick’s preparation and focus on football melted into nothing. Last year he lost his starting job amid an atrocious season, prompting San Francisco head coach Jim Tomsula to bench him in favor of Jacksonville Jaguar castoff quarterback Blaine Gabbert. And when Tomsula announced an open battle for the job in the offseason, Kaepernick largely withdrew from the team, skipping voluntary workouts and neglecting to match Gabbert’s effort.

So the business decision for San Francisco is obviously to find a way to cut Kaepernick loose for football reasons; he’s a declining player with a negative attitude whose on-field performance doesn’t match his compensation, and having a brooding ex-star in the locker room is poison to team chemistry.

It’s anything but shocking, then, that Kaepernick, who has reportedly converted to Islam and plans a Muslim wedding with Diab, cooked up the stunt of refusing to stand for the national anthem at his team’s games as a protest of the institutionalized racism Black Lives Matter makes such an issue of. One might be excused for seeing this as an exercise in goldbricking; if Kaepernick’s declining work ethic makes him unattractive to retain on the roster for football reasons, maybe pulling a PR stunt makes cutting him even more unpalatable for political reasons.

Kaepernick is guaranteed $12 million this year. If he’s cut and picked up by another team, San Francisco might only be on the hook for the difference between that $12 million and what the new team pays him. But for Kaepernick, getting cut and sitting out the season means money for nothing — and he’ll get to spend the entire campaign lambasting his team for persecuting him for political reasons. Moreover, he’ll be a social-justice poster child and perhaps the politically correct NFL league office will exhort some team to give him another chance next year lest the league look like reactionaries.

None of which would make him a good quarterback, after all. That throwing motion still stinks, and he never did fix it.

The Kaepernick story isn’t on the surface a political one, but underneath it’s a classic case of the Left’s weaponized failure. It’s a smoke screen for incompetence, laziness, and mendacity, which are the hallmarks of everything they do.

One silver lining out of this mess — at least from now on people will stop blaming Jessica Simpson for ruining Tony Romo. She’s been exposed as small potatoes.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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