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Did Republicans Darken Colin Kaepernick’s Skin In Fundraising Pitch?

Did Republicans Darken Colin Kaepernick’s Skin In Fundraising Pitch?


The NRCC (National Republican Congressional
Committee) released an ad via a fundraising email that appeared to show Colin Kaepernick
except didn’t quite look like Colin Kaepernick usually looks, you look at the picture, you
look at the contrast between the original photo they used or basically the one they
used as the template and the one that was sent out. You can clearly see that yes, Colin Kaepernick’s
skin is darker in the picture that the Republicans used. But the question, cause I know a lot of people
have jumped on this and said, oh my God, they darkened his skin because it makes Colin Kaepernick
look scarier. And yes, we do know studies have shown that
the darker the skin of an individual, the more prejudice people get towards that individual,
that that’s psychological studies that have happened. The question is, was this malicious? Was this the intent of the NRCC to darken
his skin in order to get people to dislike him? And the reason I say that’s the question,
instead of just straight up saying, Yep, we know the NRCC did this for effect is because
when you look at the way that picture is, it’s obviously from top to bottom, slightly
more dull than the original picture. You know, they could have just put on some
kind of filter, maybe just desaturated the image a little bit because when you look at
the actual image sent out by the campaign in its original context, you have cabernet
sitting right there, little bit darker, the whole picture, every part of it. Then you have Donald Trump vibrant, bright
shining out at you, which is typical in any kind of ad where you’re trying to make a comparison. There is no intent of bigotry behind it in
advertising. Uh, but again, we’re dealing with the NRCC
with the Republican Party. So you have to question the motives and that’s,
I guess, what this comes down to. You know, a lot of our thumbnails that we
actually use for our videos, we’ll desaturate. We’ll put filters on. We make the whole thing a little bit darker,
a little more a flat finish instead of having the brights and all that. There’s no intent behind it other than it
looks better on a computer screen. That could be what this is. But again, given the history of the Republican
party, everything suddenly comes into question. We want to give them the benefit of the doubt
that no, there was no intent behind this. But at the same time, we know that back in
2008 the uh, McCain campaign actually did intentionally darkened Obama skin in their
ads to make them look blacker. So we know the Republicans have done this
before possible. They did it here with Kaepernick. We also know that the biggest beef that Republicans
happen have with Colin Kaepernick, has nothing to do with the flag, has nothing to do with
the kneeling, has nothing to do with Nike. We all know what it’s really about, right? There were plenty of other people taking a
knee. There’ve been plenty of other athletes speaking
out against Donald Trump, but they don’t talk about all of them. They only talk about the ones who are different. Right now U.S. Women’s soccer star, Rapinoe. Oh Man. Shapiro comes out and attacks her. Oh, It’s because she’s a lesbian that she’s
getting all this attention. Kaepernick’s getting all the attention because
he’s black. It’s the different nests. Of the person they’re going after. Okay, and that’s the key here. I personally do not believe it was the intent
of whoever designed this ad to make Kaepernick look darker in order to make him look more
sinister. You know, this isn’t like Time magazine doing
that with the OJ mugshot where you could see all the other magazines had the same picture. He was a normal color versus Time magazine. Suddenly he’s eight shades darker cause they
thought it made him look more menacing. I don’t think that that’s what’s happening
here, but given the history of the Republican Party, given their utter hatred of Colin Kaepernick,
because of the color of his skin, we always have to look at these things and question
them because we know that they’re not good faith actors over there on the Republican
side. That’s why they get scrutiny for this and
they deserve it. This photograph deserved to be dissected. It deserved to capture the headlines yesterday. And until that party cleans itself up and
sheds that old racist skin, it’s been carrying around for 50, 60 years, they’re going to
continue to be scrutinized to Hell and back because we know right now the underlying theme
of everything that they’re doing.

  • Yaikes.. Dark skinned men with an opinion_, and _not scared by the institutionalized power of the white male .. If I were GOP I'd be scared shitless.

  • Well hell's bells, they've lightened the skin of their Middle Eastern savior so why not darken a person they don't care for. Jesus was most likely several shades darker than Colin btw.

  • Not to defend the NRCC, but, there appears to be more of a shading filter on the entire picture. The red on the uniform isn't as red in the campaign pic as in the stock pic. It doesn't look like they darkened his skin as much as the entire photo. If they wanted to darken his skin the technology is there to do only his skin.

  • First time I can’t believe knowing how the GOP is now I’m surprised that Farron is giving them the benefit of the doubt. They knew god damm well what they were doing in this ad. Typical racist republicans at it again.

  • This is not the first time this has happened. Time magazine did the something with OJ.Simson during his trial. Either you're to dark or not dark enough.

  • I take the flag hater over the rapist any day of the week and twice on Sunday the flag hater can always change his mind but the rapist will always be a rapist no matter how many lies he tells.

  • Let me make something clear first. I despise Trump and the Republican party with every fiber of my being.With that said, I personally, think Kaepernick is an asshole.

  • Nah…See heres what we not gonna do in 2019 and beyond. Fuck giving the Right, the benefit of the doubt. We know the truth.

  • I just wanna say, I wouldn't have bought those Nike because they are just plain ole ugly! Someone also made a comment about liberals love racism… well pay attention to the other side also!

  • Considering what the GOP has done as far as targeting blacks with voter suppression, I'd say this was definitely intentional.

  • If Colin Kaepernick is anti-American for protesting without violence against police brutality, then I guessing that the United States of America is an anti-British country which was founded after protesting with violence against British tyranny.

    So using these loonies' logic, any American who lives in the UK that celebrate the 4th of July is disrespecting the British flag and should be smeared by the British media 24/7.

  • As an art director this doesn’t look like it was done to make him seem scarier. Farron nailed it on the dull vs vibrant

  • I'm not sure that his skin looks darker, but they did adjust the color balance or the brightness of the picture– notice the number on his jersey is a much brigher red (washed in Tide) and the other one isn't as bright of a red (washed in a bargain detergent). They thing is, if this was printed in a publication, printer inks, and a whole lot of other facts could affect that so, I don't know if they did it on purpose. And, yes, colors from computer screen to another can also be off.

    Stop saying there was no intent. You do not know that. McCain also stood up for President Obama when he told some moron Fox "news"- watching white trash bitch who said "Obama is a Muslim" and McCain took the mic and said, "No ma'am. He is not."

  • Are you kidding with this trash? This is not news. Bottom line is democrats are scared they are loosing their grasp on potential voters. Dems will do anything they can to demonize republicans, like make up trash like this. Just look at the 2 photos… seriously. this is all propaganda. STOP TRYING TO DIVIDE AMERICA!

  • I'm annoyed with you. Why didnt you mention yhat they photoshopped the NFL logo off jis jersey, and they photoshopped the American flag off his jersey as well. Yeah probably not intentional.

  • Wouldn’t surprise me if the right-wingers claim Kaepernick was doing a blackface!

  • I disagree with you there are no accident at this level unless trump had had something to do with it then how knows

  • No, that's just the shadow of that ridiculous afro he's got, he still as dumb as he ever was Trump did not make him any more ignorant either.

  • I mean what’s the difference to republicans these days? Of course we darken the more menacing half of a comparison but republicans consider darker ethnicities to be more menacing anyway, so obviously it’s a race thing as well. It’s in their playbook

  • Is the republicon party that prejudiced, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, hateful…. that they would do that deliberately?
    You tell me…

  • The Pathetic insane racist bull shit cowards make up saying Colin K is anti-flag. FUCK YOU RACIST SHIT BAGS, COLIN K. IS ANTI RACIST WHITE FUCK HEADS.

  • yes they did they frog marched to a tanning salon and put him in a machine and turned on to toast

  • The intent was ABSOLUTELY to make him seem more of the "scary black man" that is coming to take your white daughter, your guns and your beloved country away from you.
    DANIEL CARVER: (KKK, and Howard Stern Show fame)……." Wake Up Whiiiiiite People, and protect your country."

  • They don't talk about the 11 year old boy scout, that's white, who kneeled during the pledge of allegiance. That story went away rather quickly. There's been plenty of other athletes to kneel or sit. Why is Colin and Megan the exception? Because they were the first to do it. Colin, the first black football player and Megan, the first white gay female to do it. So they figure if they attack the leaders of the movement, the rest will fall apart. But instead, it's only gotten stronger. #IStandWithKap7 #USWNT #ROF #DiversityIsOurStrength #TYTArmy

  • Colin. Half white half black. My father served in 2 wars. Did you. You were born here. What did the flag do to you. You don't like America. Get the fuck out. Where I live. You would be hanging from a tree quick. You must suck a lit of liberal dick half breed.

  • 0:40–0:48 gonna be a sinestro corps for halloween because my darker skin instills great fear lol. But seriously 1:41 damn 2:51 lol make Obama look blacker 😉 like that south park difficulty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1EbPpyq91U&t=157s

  • Jesus Christ the left trying to stir something just give it a rest. kaepernick is a loser, and a thug. End of discussion

  • This is one time l am certain you are wrong! Of course they stood by their jimcrowAmeriKKKa playbook the darker the skin the scarier the image AND they played straight to trumps base, RACIST Americans! We the people, in order to save our Nation, must act it's time we vote to OUSTtheGOP/KKK/NRAin2020

  • Colin Kaepernick is the de-facto lightning rod for right-wing trolls. Go to any Young Turks video mentioning him and they swarm like moths to a light. It's always really bad.

  • this is crap…contrast setting only..not like they are cut and paste or such..really…here we go: waste of time…NVN= no value news….do not pass GO, go to free space , pay 200 and try again…you usually are relevant..not this one…nap time..lol

  • As a white person I am ashamed of so called americans doing these sneaky things to hurt others and there IS a problem in this country and knowing a person's rights to protest blacks being shot to death or other police violence.

  • There are plenty of elements that are darker than on the original version of the photo. I am an Photoshop professional and color and light shifting is a totally normal thing. A image can change just by saving it from different JPG types.

  • republicans are pathetic thats some weak shit. U mother fuckers are losing fast give it up it is what it is

  • You hit the nail right on its head. It was definitely their intent, done to debase Kapernick. Now it should be done to them in return, make Trump black with a bald or kinky head..

  • Yes it was intentional. They also widened his nose and made his lips slightly fuller. This is why my Black ass will never support that party.

  • Thank you for your objectivity, Ferron. It's in short supply these days. I fully concur, it wasn't intentional but that does not mean they don't deserve to be viewed with a jaundiced eye.

  • You see that light and dark thing in before and after pictures. Although if it wasn't intentional and they realized after how it could be perceived I doubt the RNC woiuld change it.

  • It wouldn't surprise me,look what kind of people are in the Republican party and it's basically the cult of trump. They did this with OJ Simpson photos. They know to the average Republican voter dark skinned means scary. You're always saying why are black people always things about race. Then I'll just point them to the Republican party and conservative.

  • As far as Im concerned if they darkened the Colin picture. So what, I think they are just acting like the children they are. Too bad they may be good people, they are certainly NOT showing.it.

  • The Republican committee black face Colin Kaepernick. I guess what they say is true the darker the skin the more white nationalist evangelicals hate you fear you and want you dead

  • Donald Trump shining out at you like a giant Orange lighthouse.and it's funny they would do blackface to Colin Kaepernick when Trump does orange face all the time is anybody else not see the white circles around his lips and eyes and combed over receding hairline

  • The Republicans Republicans equal racist corporate sellouts they should make business cards it just say that because that's what they are

  • It’s a filter, and it was slightly darker. You can see that the guy behind him is slightly darker too. Not malicious. People already don’t like him wether or not he is 5% darker.

  • I like that you are ahead of the issue.

    Kolpernick is not a bad guy. He just wants what everybody wants. He made it plain enough to understand.

  • I DON'T THINK, I KNOW THIS WAS INTENTIONAL! BOTTOM LINE, WE WHITES HAVE ALWAYS HATED BLACK PEOPLE AND OUR RACE HATES ALL OTHER RACES BUT NONE MORE THAN BLACKS!

  • With that ethnic hairstyle he needs darker skin. Maybe he's trying to pull a Michael Jackson in reverse? Make up your mind you piece of work. Are you black or white?!

  • Oh yeah it was intentional!!! That filter was just a way dumbshits do it cuz they don’t know photoshop.

  • Wait until TMH returns and you see his color because he is not white he is a dark skinned black savior. Praise Yah-wah.

  • Bill and Hillary's black face picture was much more darker than Colin's….so not sure I agree with ya but are we now addressing the different shades of Africa Amerindians…ultra lite, lite., medium, medium well or well done?

  • what i noticed is on the real picture there is an insignia on the left side of Colins shirt on the Republican add the insignia is missing

  • If anyone disagrees with the report then look at the white man behind Keapernick and compare it to the original. It clearly proves that the image is doctored.

  • Let's be real this darkens the skin of every brown and black person. In Tulsa a very prominent black activist never made it home last night. She started Juneteenth Celebrations here. I am not saying her disappearance has anything to do with this but no one knows anything at this point. Native Americans, Muslims and immigrants from many countries have now been put on his list.
    His part in Epstein's crimes are prominent and are public record that was tweeted out while he was running. Too many people surf the news channels and only listen to local news. Wake up America!

  • And I thought these MAGGOTS couldn't get any more EVIL AND STUPID Jeez WTF is wrong with you DESPERATE MISERABLE MAGGOTS ! WHY SOOO MUCH HATE FOR PEOPLE #1 YOU DONT KNOW#2 WHY IS IT YOUR BUSINESS WHAT THESE YOUNG MEN ARE DOING #3 YOU'RE JEALOUS WITH MISERY ! BLACK MEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHITE MEN'S PREY YOU WILL NEVER DEFEAT THEM OR HAVE A BIG DICK 😂😂YOU COWARD MF'S WILL ALWAYS BE "INFERIOR" TO STRONG BLACK MEN THEY VE TAKEN UR DAUGHTERS AND WIVES AND PLEASING THEM IN WAYS YOU NEVER COULD AND ITS EATING YOU PREDITOR SOB' S ALIVE ! WHITE men no longer matter to the world bc we all know how low you will go to keep other races from succeeding and it backfired give up you will never win. We take ur women and turn them out and against you LOSERS!

  • The RNC using "Dirty Tricks" again, no way???????????????  It never ceases to amaze me that the RNC would darken the skin color of any of their opponents. The RNC does not deserve "Any Benefit of The Doubt". The GOP & RNC are only offering Racism & Bigotry. That's the only message that they have to offer. The GOP & RNC have absolutely no new ideas, no grand plan to improve the lives of all Americans.

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