Sorry, the champagne graphic is an insensitive way to mark the passing of former communist dictator Fidel Castro, a brutal tyrant much beloved on the left for decades. For example, grossly overpaid NFL mediocrity Colin Kaepernick must be weeping bitter tears to be dealt this blow immediately on the heels of sportswriter and Cuban escapee Armando Salguero publicly spanking him for praising the fiend:
The August evening the nation first noticed Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem at an NFL game, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback held a postgame news conference, as is typical league policy. At that news conference Kaepernick wore a T-shirt emblazoned with photos from a 1960 meeting between Malcolm X and Fidel Castro.
So after his first notable protest against what last week he called the “systematic oppression” of minorities in the United States, and saying he wants “freedom for all people,” Colin Kaepernick put on a T-shirt that featured a supportive image of one of the 20th century’s most enduring oppressors.
Given that members of his family were not allowed to escape Castro’s regime, you can’t blame Salguero for fuming.
Cuba for more than five decades under the Castros has stifled practically any and all dissent. According to Human Rights Watch, “Cuban citizens have been systematically deprived of their fundamental rights to free expression, privacy, association, assembly, movement, and due process of law. Tactics for enforcing political conformity have included police warnings, surveillance, short-term detentions, house arrests, travel restrictions, criminal prosecutions, and politically motivated dismissals from employment.”
Now go to Google images of the Ladies In White protesting on Cuba’s streets. Kaepernick, the poster child for protest among NFL players, should do this. He would see images of women — white, black, mothers, daughters, sisters — systematically violated in one form or another by Castro’s thugs.
They are harassed, spat upon, pushed and even bloodied simply because they are fighting to do in Cuba what Kaepernick does on an NFL sideline without fear or physical repercussion — just before he wears that Castro shirt to his postgame presser.
So I ask Kaepernick how he can protest oppression then ignorantly don a T-shirt featuring an oppressor?
Kaepernick responded with a slop bucket of what we are constantly fed by Castro’s fellow travelers in the media.
Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, explains to me, the guy born in Havana, how great Castro really is.
“One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” Kaepernick said.
First, Cuba does not have the highest literacy rate. Second, don’t be surprised if the same people who report Cuba’s admittedly high literacy rate are related to those who report its election results — the ones in which the Castros get 100 percent of the votes.
Third, could it be Cuba doesn’t have to invest a lot in its prison system because, you know, dungeons and firing squads (El Paredon) are not too expensive to maintain?
Finally, it’s bizarre that Kaepernick is extolling the education system of a country where people believe launching out into shark-infested seas to flee is a better idea than staying there.
Kaepernick let Salguero have it with the leftist fool’s weapon of choice, moral equivalence. Cuba’s communist regime throws people into dungeons for political reasons; America incarcerates criminals. Both potentially break up families, so they are equivalent.
Salguero was forced to conclude that Kaepernick is a “fraud” and an “unrepentant hypocrite.”
The same goes for all of Castro’s American admirers. May they choke on their tears.
On tips from Torcer, Thoughtcriminal2084, Steve T, Rob E, Byron, and JusttheTipHQ.