When he had the opportunity, Colin Kaepernick knelt to bring attention to an important and sad fact about America, namely how our racism results in the impoverishment and the early sudden death of black people, by violent means if not by by disease.
And what can I do about this? I am not an NFL player. In fact, I am done with the NFL. I am an older privileged white guy who pays $50 a year to have a website and write a blog, and I support Colin Kaepernick, as I have done before on this site, here and here.
The Nike shoe-burning by American racists/supremacists who want to make sure that black people know “their place” reminded me of the 1966 Southern Baptist bonfires of Beatles items, when John Lennon dared compare the Beatles’ popularity to that of Jesus. Insult what we believe and we will torch you, was (and is) their poisonous message.
The poison persists and runs down the river, splashing over the rocks, baptising those who willingly stand in that current of hate, mistaking the force of the current for truth.
Summer may be fading, but I thought I would share a couple of dip recipes for you to enjoy some warm weekend this month. I’m not sure which one you will like better!
Sheep Dip: (Ingredients of TopClip40, manufactured by Orion AgriScience of New Zealand)
Diazinon (active ingredient), 400 g/liter
Low aromatic hydrocarbon solvents, up to 152 g/liter
Medium aromatic hydrocarbon solvents, up to 98 g/liter
“Salads of the Sea” Seafood & Lobster Dip: (“A rich, delicious dip made with a blend of seafood, imitation lobster and buttery flavor” manufactured by Future Food Brands, a subsidiary of Lakeside Farms, Delphos, Ohio)
Carob bean gum
Imitation crab meat:
Fish protein (pollock and/or whiting)
2% or less of:
Natural and artificial crab flavor
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Paprika oleoresin (color added)
Modified tapioca starch
2% or less of:
Natural and artificial flavors
Refined fish oil
Paprika (color added)
Butter flavored oil blend:
This was Keith Olbermann’s final commentary for GQ on November 28, 2017. At the time, Olbermann seemed to think it was inevitable that Trump’s days in office were numbered. He may be right — the scenario that Olbermann describes at 4:00 in this video seems more plausible than ever, if the anonymous op-ed piece in the New York Times is to be believed.
I always enjoyed Olbermann’s bombast and I’m happy to devote a little space here for it (even though he has moved onto other things) not only because it remains timely but also because he gives voice to the resistance. Voices matter.