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Colin Kaepernick Honored by Ben & Jerry’s with an Ice Cream Flavor

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Posted: Dec 12, 2020 12:01 AM
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Colin Kaepernick Honored by Ben & Jerry’s with an Ice Cream Flavor

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“Sidelined NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting his own ice cream flavor courtesy of Ben & Jerry's," wrote CNN this week. "The company said it created the flavor to celebrate 'Kaepernick's courageous work to confront systemic oppression and to stop police violence against Black and Brown people.'"

In 2016, Kaepernick's claim to fame was when he said, "I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police…There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable.”

While proclaiming the sentiments above, which earned him Ben & Jerry’s (and universal “Woke”) acclaim, Colin Kaepernick wore a T-shirt showing Fidel Castro. If Kaepernick were starring in a Monty Python or SNL skit we’d get it. If he was starring in a Twilight Zone or Alice in Wonderland remake we’d understand.

But the shirt did not seem to denote any sentiments satiric or surreal. Instead, while denouncing oppression, Kaepernick chose to idolize a Stalinist dictator who jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin himself during the Great Terror.  

While denouncing “police murders” Kaepernick idolized a Stalinist dictator whose KGB-trained police and death squads murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six. 

While denouncing “injustices against people of color” Kaepernick idolized the jailer and torturer of the longest suffering black political prisoners in the modern history of the Western hemisphere. Many of these black Cubans suffered longer and more horrible incarceration in Castro’s KGB-designed dungeons than Nelson Mandela spent in South Africa’s (relatively) comfortable prisons, which were open to inspection by the Red Cross. Castro never allowed a Red Cross delegation anywhere near his real prisons. 

"N**ger!” taunted my jailers between tortures,” recalled the late Cuban political prisoner Eusebio Peñalver to this writer. “We pulled you down from the trees and cut off your tail!” laughed my torturers. For months I was naked in a 6 x 4 foot cell. That’s four feet high, so you couldn’t stand. But I felt a great freedom inside myself. I refused to commit spiritual suicide.”

Naturally you’ve never heard of Eusebio Peñalver, or of any of his black Cuban co-heroes like Ignacio Cuesta Valle, Antonio López Muñoz, and Dasio Hernández Peña who all suffered prison terms longer than did Nelson Mandela. 

And yet their suffering took place only 90 miles from U.S. shores in a locale absolutely lousy with international press bureaus and their intrepid “investigative reporters.” From CNN to NBC, from Reuters to the AP, from ABC to NPR to CBS, Castro welcomed all of these to “embed” and “report” from his fiefdom.  For all the good it does when it comes to reporting truth. 

“The Castro regime assigns 20 security agents to follow and monitor every foreign journalist,” revealed Vicente Botin who reported from Cuba for Madrid’s El Pais until he was booted from the Castro-family fiefdom for taking his job title seriously. “You play the regime’s game and practice self–censorship or you’re gone.” 

“The vetting procedure starts the minute the (Castro) regime receives your journalist visa application,” adds Lieut. Col. Chris Simmons, recently retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served as the agency’s top Cuban spy catcher. “When your smiling Cuban 'guides' greet you at the airport they know plenty about you, and from several angles.”

All that hipster and liberal blather about Colin Kaepernick’s “courage!” for his frequent showboat denunciations of the homeland that made him a multi-millionaire gets tiresome. As an antidote I’ll offer a black American for whom the compliment of courageous truly seems to apply. See if you agree: 

Don't look for this from the Congressional Black Caucus, or anywhere in the MSM, including (especially!) The History Channel or PBS, but the late (he passed away early this year) second in command of the freedom-fighters who hit the Bay of Pigs beachhead was a black Cuban (and subsequently a proud U.S. citizen and retired Major General of the U.S. Army) named Erneido Oliva. 

For three days his force of mostly volunteer civilians battled savagely against a Soviet-trained and led force 10 times their size, inflicting casualties of 20 to one. To this day their feat of arms amazes professional military men. Morale will do that to a fighting force. And there’s no morale booster like watching Fidel Castro and Che Guevara ravage your homeland and families, believe me. 

When his betrayed, decimated, thirst-crazed, and ammo-less men were finally overwhelmed (but NOT defeated!) by Castro’s Soviet-led bumblers at the Bay of Pigs, Oliva snarled at his brainless eunuch of a Castroite opponent, Jose Fernandez: “the only reason you’re holding a gun on us right now, Fernandez, is because we ran out of ammo.” 

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During almost two years in Castro’s dungeons, Oliva and his men lived under a daily firing-squad death sentence. Escaping that sentence would have been easy, as repeatedly and forcefully explained by their KGB-trained interrogators: simply sign a confession denouncing the U.S., or go in front of mics and cameras and denounce the U.S.

This is to say, if Oliva and his men would merely say or write the very sort of thing that a smirking Colin Kaepernick broadcasts at press conferences for free publicity and “Woke” celebrity status, they would avoid death from a Castroite firing squad, probably preceded by torture. 

Considering their betrayal on that beachhead by their “allies” you might think these men had pretty good cause to sign such a denunciation. The Castroites certainly figured they had it in the bag…..

Instead Russian colluders Fidel Castro and Che Guevara (in case some have forgotten what Russian collusion actually consists of) got their answer from commander Oliva and his men as swiftly and as clearly as the Germans got theirs from commander Anthony McAuliffe and his men at Bastogne during the Battle of the  Bulge—“NUTS!” 

 “We will die with dignity!” was Oliva’s wording, again and again to the fuming (and baffled) Russian colluders--convinced this defiance would surely doom them to death by firing-squad. 

Alas, “no man in communist Cuba is as free as a political prisoner in rebellion,” said longtime Castro political prisoner Francisco Chappi. We were tortured, we were starved. But we lived in total defiance.” 

"Inside of our souls we were free,” said another Bay of Pigs freedom-fighter (also Black and subsequently a proud U.S. citizen) named Sergio Carrillo, a paratrooper at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 and later a Catholic priest in the U.S. Neither Oliva nor any of his men signed the document. His hundreds of men stood solidly with their commander. As mentioned, such an attitude not only enrages but baffles Castroites and to their historic legions of U.S-based agents of influence in the media, Academia, Hollywood, etc.