Kaepernick, Patriotism, and the Perversion of Protest

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 Jason Hirthler is a veteran of the communications industry and author of The Sins of Empire: Unmasking American Imperialism. He lives in New York City and can be reached at jasonhirthler@gmail.com. 

JASON HIRTHLER—Without addressing the underlying pathology, the larger dynamics of class division will unfold in media silence. The professional class will be bought off by the ruling class, while too large a portion of the working class will continue to recede into a shell of misplaced resentments, looking for answers from a fake democracy and a system of economic exploitation that long ago commoditized the human spirit.

 

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One thought on “Kaepernick, Patriotism, and the Perversion of Protest

  1. The most worthy of protests are quickly redefined, perverted, by the media. Was it an act of courage for a very rich sports superstar to make this gesture? Of course not. One could cynically call it a publicity stunt. What matters is that the intent was lost in the scramble to exploit the issues, especially in ways that have been successfully divisive.

    The protest itself was about police killings of black people. We have militarized police departments since the 1980s, turning them into police forces. The public demanded brutality — “No excuses! Get tough on (fill in the blank)!” This is a profoundly dangerous aspect of modern life in the US. As is often the case, race is used in a way that not only confuses the issues, but works against resolving the crisis. In this case, so much as raising the facts that black cops kill, too, and that the majority of victims of police violence (as the statistics show) are white, is angrily dismissed as “racism.”

    When class is brought into the issue, the facts are further skewed to promote the familiar stereotypes. In fact, the overwhelming majority of poor are women, in a country that persistently pays women far lower wages than men — one that relegates women to the bottom wage labor force. The great majority of US poor are white. We might consider what it means, that we refer to poor people of color as “disadvantaged” while stereotyping poor white people as “white trash” — often as a collection of ignorant, right wing, beer-guzzling yahoos. What matters most is that we use racism to avoid addressing our profoundly flawed capitalist system, and the appalling consequences of a middle class war on the poor that liberals of this era have implicitly supported.

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