Still-out-of-work NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick now sports his own flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Kaepernick and the company teamed up to create a flavor called “Change the Whirled,” which will be available in early 2021.
“I’ve teamed up with Ben & Jerry’s to serve up joy on the journey to justice!” Kaepernick tweeted. “Today, we’re excited to introduce Change the Whirled, a new non-dairy flavor that hits shelves in early-2021 [sic]! 100% of my proceeds will go to Know Your Rights Camp with matching support from Ben & Jerry’s.”
Know Your Rights Camp is Kaepernick’s own social justice organization. According to their Twitter bio, they “advance the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities and elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
Today, we're excited to introduce Change the Whirled, a new non-dairy flavor that hits shelves in early-2021!
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) December 10, 2020
As for the ice cream, it is caramel and sunflower butter based and includes fudge chips and graham cracker and chocolate cookie swirls.
Ben & Jerry’s is quite politically active for an ice cream company. Just a couple of other examples: their “Pecan Resist” flavor released in October 2018, which “supports groups creating a more just and equitable nation for us all, and who are fighting against President Trump’s regressive agenda,” and their “Bernie’s Yearning” flavor released in 2016.
During the George Floyd riots and hysteria over the summer, Colin Kaepernick’s name began reappearing in the headlines. Big League Politics wrote about how he and Dr. Anthony Fauci were winners of the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award. And we also covered his disgusting anti-American video posted on the 4th of July that called Independence Day “a celebration of white supremacy.”
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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