[Screenshot from Colin Kaepernick via Twitter, https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7/status/1208929043502059520?]
Sometimes I wonder if anyone knows the meaning of “capitalism.” I constantly see people railing against it, but I never see any acknowledgement of what it is.
One guy who’s wary of the ability to own your own business: former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
As reported by The Daily Wire, Colin began December with a warning against the dreaded economic system, and he’s wrapping up the last month of the year by engaging in it.
On December 4th, the athlete retweeted a quote from Black Panther Party Illinois Chairman Fred Hampton:
“With no education you’ll have neo-colonialism instead of colonialism…and before you know it, they’ll [Black folks] be capitalist, and before you know it we’ll have Negro-Imperialist.”
“With no education you’ll have neo-colonialism instead of colonialism…and before you know it, they’ll [Black folks] be capitalist, and before you know it we’ll have Negro-Imperialist.” –Chairman Fred Hampton pic.twitter.com/pe9Bh0YwQc
— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) December 4, 2019
Do people end up starting their own business due to “no education”?
Regardless, Colin’s come upon an unusual way of downing non-government-monopoly business: promoting his shoe line.
Here we go:
Inspired by the voice of the athlete, Colin Kaepernick x Nike Air Force 1 celebrates those who are #TrueTo7. Available tomorrow at select Nike stores, retailers and SNKRS. Link in bio. pic.twitter.com/67HJ10RUZa
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 22, 2019
Excited to share this project with you. Drops Monday, Dec. 23rd. #TrueTo7 pic.twitter.com/z8VFlRkhUA
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 21, 2019
The venture is donating to charities Colin says will “fight systemic oppression”:
Great news! @ShoePalace will be donating all profits from the sale of my shoes to organizations fighting systemic oppression. Make sure you go to Shoe Palace and https://t.co/Unb9r7G1es to get your shoes. ✊🏾 #TrueTo7 pic.twitter.com/90K5JXmn9P
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 23, 2019
It’s a little curious, given the common criticism of shoe manufacturers:
Nothing screams 'fighting systemic oppression' then telling people to buy your shoes made by people who are being systematically oppressed…
— GPinTN (@GPinTN1) December 23, 2019
Putting that aside, I respect Colin for trying to do something good; but his effort is a promotion of capitalism, not the opposite.
Good things can be done, if you have capitalism: You can go into business, make money, and donate the earnings to the causes in which you believe.
That is capitalism, with philanthropy.
I don’t understand why there exists anyone fighting for a system which disallows them to do that.
Capitalism is the ability to help those you care about, in the ways you believe will best assist them (not to mention the fact that it drives down prices via the free market, which helps most of all the poor).
That message would make sense with Colin’s efforts. And it’s a message people who haven’t bothered to look up the term could use.
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