Disclaimer: this is an opinion piece.
Tomi Lahren’s words cannot be considered news, they are the opinions of someone trying to incite hatred and prejudice. Just in case you missed the link to her video in part one of this article here it is again here it is again. Her video reacting to Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest screams prejudice and bigotry. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this quote taken directly from that video.
We’ve had a black president for almost eight years now, maybe he failed you. We also have a black woman in charge of the justice department, maybe she failed you, too. Or maybe it’s the liberals, your saviors, which have run your communities into the ground. Where does the buck stop? When will those in black communities take a step back and take some responsi-damn-bility for the problems in black communities?
Tomi Lahren is extremely antoginistic and consistently baits people. John Hendrickson says it best in his Esquire Magazine article. Her video is “nothing but a bait-and-switch.” In my opinion, this quote from his article says it all. “Lahren positions her tirade as though it’s directed at Kaepernick, but she is undoubtedly speaking to “Black People,” some imaginary monolithic entity without individual thought or opinion. That’s the real reason why over a million people have shared this. The dozens of things that Angry White People wish they could say to Black People are said out loud in this video, hidden beneath the veil of a 1-to-1 address to a specific public figure.” She clearly was not speaking only to Kaepernick.
One of my favorite criticisms I’ve seen of her video is this one by Ryan Davis on his Facebook page and YouTube channel. Ryan Davis is a comedian who not only makes jokes but uses his platform to speak on social issues. Please take the time to view his video.
One quote from Ryan Davis’s video that I found particularly striking is this one. “When you have a platform that reaches millions of people, it is your responsibility not to misinform people. And that’s why Tomi Lahren is trash. Colin Kaepernick sits during the national anthem to protest something that’s going on in America and then you criticize him. Yet you make your living by sitting down and speaking negatively about stuff that is going on in America.”
Yet you make your living by sitting down and speaking negatively about stuff that is going on in America.
I respect veterans and those who have died for this country just as much as anyone, especially since my own father served in the Air Force and my grandfather served in the Army. I have other family who have served, and several friends who are servicemembers and friends who will be going into the military after they graduate college. However, in contrast to what Tomi Lahren seems to think, I can respect military men and women while also sympathizing with Colin Kaepernick. Like many veterans who have already said this, they fought for Kaepernick’s right to sit on that bench or to stand for the national anthem. They fight for millions of Americans to be able to exercise their right to freedom of speech. Nothing frustrates me more than when people use military men and women to push an agenda. Especially people who have an enormous audience who can easily shape and sway public opinion.