Christian radio host Frank Sontag whined about Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad, the money that Kaepernick has earned as a professional football player and Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality.
Speaking on KKLA in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, Sontag compared the salaries of soldiers ($33,000) and state troopers ($60,000) to Kaepernick’s NFL earnings ($50 million), which has nothing to do with Kaepernick’s public opposition to the police brutality of black people.
After sarcastically reading the Nike ad copy, Sontag questioned what Kaepernick had sacrificed in his life.
Sontag lectured how Kaepernick’s peaceful protest against police brutality during the national anthem was “reprehensible” because, according to Sontag, systematic racism within law enforcement does not exist and police are not getting away with murdering black people.
Sontag went on to distort Kaepernick’s message: “Sorry. Do you really believe that this country is just an awful place to live?”
Sontag admitted racism existed in law enforcement, insisted that systematic racism does not exist and whined that there is a Leftist ideology says the U.S. “sucks,” “there is no opportunity” and “it’s all about oppression.”
Sontag failed to identify anyone by name who actually holds that belief, and expressed his admiration for someone who puts on a “gun” and is willing to risk their lives everyday.
Sontag decried systematic racism as “foolishness,” and claimed that “nobody is getting away with anything.”
Sontag went on to claim that Christians like himself were the ones who are really sacrificing.
He then claimed that Christians who get behind the social justice movement are wrong because it’s not mentioned in the Bible; Sontag demanded that Christians tremble before God instead.
Sontag compared himself to Jesus by noting that people are not going to like what he said.
Sontag claimed Kaepernick did not know Jesus as his Lord, but quickly added, “I don’t know. He puts forth a different faith.”
The Washington Post reported in 2017 that Kaepernick has publicly stated that he is a Christian.
According to Vox in 2014, there have been numerous studies that have shown police have a racial bias against black people.
FiveThirtyEight noted in 2014 that studies have shown that police are rarely charged with crimes, and even fewer are convicted.
David Rudovsky, a civil rights lawyer who co-wrote the book “Prosecuting Misconduct: Law and Litigation,” told Vox in 2015 why convictions of police officers are so rare:
In many cases, the first inherent conflict is that the police are investigating their own… Race undoubtedly plays a factor, to the extent that it’s a white officer and a black victim. In this country, people like to ignore that, but that undoubtedly plays a role.
The Guardian reported in 2015 that U.S. police kill more people in days than police in other countries’ police forces kill in years.
The Guardian also noted in 2015 that “black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people, according to a Guardian investigation which found 102 of 464 people killed so far this year in incidents with law enforcement officers were not carrying weapons.”
Vice News reported in 2017 how police shootings are far higher than reported (there is no federal law requiring police shootings to be reported) and that black people are targeted more often:
Police shootings aren’t just undercounted — police in these departments shoot black people at a higher rate and shoot unarmed people far more often than any data has shown…
Black people were shot more often and at higher rates than people of any other race. Police shot at least 1,670 black people from 2010 through 2016, 55 percent of the total and more than double the share of the black population in these communities.
In December 2017 Newsweek reported that police killed more than 1,100 people that year, and more than a quarter of those killed were black.