Talk radio host Ben Ferguson appeared on CNN to debate Rashad Robinson over the controversial new Nike ad featuring hard-left former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, and while Ferguson raised some good arguments, he made the classic mistake that so many make, putting his focus on the former player.
Ferguson presented an argument the right consistently loses, instead of pointing out that what so people exception with when it comes to NFL players protesting alleged police brutality and racial oppression is that they choose to do it in the workplace.
Never once has Kaepernick’s “right to protest” been challenged on his own time.
But then, Ferguson is fighting a losing battle from the jump when CNN’s Christi Paul joins forces with Robinson to set as the parameter of the debate that systemic racial oppression is rampant in this country — this may be a pillar of the progressive left’s “critical race theory,” but it’s highly debatable whether it’s true.
How do you explain Barack Obama being elected president, otherwise?
As for Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, all one need know about the “civil rights activist” could be gleaned from his dramatic eye roll when Ferguson accurately noted that Kaepernick can’t stand police officers and wore socks depicting them as pigs.
Ferguson, who noted that the initial protest about police brutality and oppression has morphed into far more, was effectively set up when asked what could have been done differently to keep a “valid focus” of the protest — there are reports countering the claim that black Americans suffer disproportionately from police brutality.
In replying with several reasonable suggestions, Ferguson, who said his father was a police officer, opened himself up for an attack from Robinson, who then lectured him about how white people are always quick to tell black people how they should act.
“Ben knows better than them,” he said mockingly at one point.
All of which goes back to the original point about this being a losing argument.
In the real world, a small business owner who had an employee protest an issue in the workplace and offend half of his customer base, if not more, resulting in many of these consumers then rejecting the business, would not stand idly by and watch his business deteriorate.
This employee is on the job and employers have every right to establish rules in the workplace.
Regardless of where you stand on the allegations of systemic racism, the left has been very successful in making Kapernick’s disrespect of the national anthem into a “right to protest” argument — as seen when Robinson noted that a black police organization supported the ex-players right to protest.
…which was never in question off the job.
Making matters all the worse, the right continues to let them get away with it.
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