Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was among eight people saluted by Harvard University on Thursday for contributions to black history and culture.
All eight recipients of the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored in a ceremony held Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard “in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.”
As requested by Kaepernick, his speech at the ceremony was not broadcast live (there was a live stream of the event available). In his speech, Kaepernick encouraged further protests against racial inequality.
“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” Kaepernick said. “Because if we don’t we become complicit in the problem.”
The issue here is what Kaepernick is saying, not the veracity of his words. He won this honor not for telling the truth, but for furthering a false narrative. And the narrative, not facts,or truth is what matters today in many cases. Kaepernick is saying what the left wishes to hear, so, forget the facts. In short we are rewarding ignorance, and setting knowledge aside. That is how social justice works.
The narrative is that police not only shoot Black people “disproportionately”, but actually hunt them down in America. The narrative also dictates that we believe police officers are never charged when they shoot Black people without cause. That is not only false, it is irresponsible, and frankly, no more than propaganda. Note please that the left never mentions the violent crime rate among Black men, especially young Black men.
Last year the total number of murders committed by Whites was 5,125. 29.7% of the total Blacks committed 6,444 or 37.4% of the total. Considering that Blacks are 13 % of the population we can say that Blacks commit a disproportionate percentage of murders. Of those murders 4,560 were committed by Black men under 35. To be fair of the murders committed by White men under 35 was 3,069.
Citing such stats is not racist. Stats are stats, nothing more. The same stats show that White men commit about twice as many sexual assaults as Black men. Is that racist? No, again, stats are stats.
Yet, Kaepernick has been claiming that cops in America are targeting Black men and getting away with murdering them without any punishment. That is not supported by stats, and is, frankly irresponsible. So why should Harvard celebrate and honor Kaepernick? If he was trying to address the fact that most victims of the disproportionate rate of violent crimes committed by Blacks are, in fact Black people, then maybe we could say good job.
If he addressed the devastating effects of the nearly 75% out-of-wedlock birth rate among Blacks then we could applaud him. If he started blaming the absence of fathers in Black communities, he would be worthy of praise. But he ignores this, and, frankly, if he did mention this, he would be savaged by the left. If he did not continually demonize law enforcement, or attempted to urge that evidence be weighed before the media and activists blasted police made a judgement when police shoot a suspect, he would do a great deal of good. Again, of course, he would be ridiculed by the left if he used his celebrity to urge facts over emotional responses.
The sad fact is Kaepernick might be the most well intended person on the planet. But as long as he continues to parrot false narratives he is not helping anyone or accomplishing anything worthwhile. And, the left will continue to lionize him because he is spreading their propaganda.