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Thu May 28, 2020, 11:02 AM

High school wrestling coach posts photo mocking George Floyd's death -- but insists 'I'm not a racist



Minneapolis has been rocked by angry protests and civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who, in a May 25 video, can be heard pleading, “I can’t breathe,” while pinned on the ground by arresting officers. And the repercussions of Floyd’s death are being felt far from Minneapolis in the Pacific Northwest, where the Bethel School District is investing a video by first-year wresting coach Dave Hollenbeck that shows him pinned on the ground with a knee on his neck.

In social media posts, Hollenbeck has argued that the protestors speaking out about Floyd’s death are “race baiters.” Hollenbeck, on Facebook, posted, “This is for all the race baiters and people that don’t What (sic) they’re talking about when they’re saying that this could kill you.”

A caption used with the video reads, “Not dead yet I’m doing this for Are [sic] police officers the media is a race-baiting machine and I’m tired of it I’m going to speak out every time if you don’t like that I’m sorry but I love All people.. Wake up America.”

One of the parents in the Bethel School District who is speaking about against Hollenbeck is sports coach Jay Davenport, who asserted, “There is no reasonable rationale for him to post anything like that. It’s about humanity, it’s about integrity; that post lacks both.”

https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/high-school-wrestling-coach-posts-photo-mocking-george-floyds-death-but-insists-im-not-a-racist/

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Reply High school wrestling coach posts photo mocking George Floyd's death -- but insists 'I'm not a racist (Original post)
demmiblue May 28 OP
Phoenix61 May 28 #1
Botany May 28 #6
bullwinkle428 May 28 #9
dalton99a May 28 #2
MagickMuffin May 28 #3
roamer65 May 28 #18
Midnight Writer May 28 #26
Aristus May 28 #4
fleur-de-lisa May 28 #5
dalton99a May 28 #7
Botany May 28 #8
bbernardini May 28 #10
demmiblue May 28 #13
Heartstrings May 28 #14
CurtEastPoint May 28 #15
demmiblue May 28 #16
Hekate May 28 #30
obamanut2012 May 28 #21
lame54 May 28 #23
Dawson Leery May 28 #11
Aristus May 28 #12
Neema May 28 #17
lagomorph777 May 28 #19
ProfessorGAC May 28 #29
KY_EnviroGuy May 28 #20
lame54 May 28 #22
Johnny2X2X May 28 #24
Hav May 28 #25
no_hypocrisy May 28 #27
whistler162 May 28 #28

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:06 AM

1. I so hope they fire his sorry ass. nt

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:14 AM

6. A first year coach but not to have a second year.

In the social media post, Dave Hollenbeck, the first-year Bethel wrestling coach is pictured with a knee
pressed into his back, writing: "Not dead yet I’m doing this for Are police officers the media is a race
baiting machine and I’m tired of it I’m going to speak out every time if you don’t like that I’m sorry but
I love All people..Wake up America."

If he makes it to 1:00 PM eastern time I would be shocked.

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Response to Botany (Reply #6)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:15 AM

9. Next job - wrestling coach at Liberty U.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:10 AM

2. Dave Hollenbeck: "I'm doing this for Are police officers the media is a race baiting machine"





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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:10 AM

3. That is NOT the same knee hold the enforcer was using on George Floyd


He should be fired from coaching children. Especially since he is a racist.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #3)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:51 AM

18. THIS.

Not even close to the same hold.

That murderer cop had his knee right down on Floyd’s windpipe.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #3)

Thu May 28, 2020, 01:03 PM

26. Exactly. He has to lie to make this "point".

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:11 AM

4. Let's see: bad punctuation and uses the term 'race-baiting'.

Yep, he's a racist.

And, I hope, the next bigoted fuck-brain to lose his job for being a hate-filled fuckrag…

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:12 AM

5. Sounds like Mr Hollenbeck will be a former wresting coach very soon.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #5)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:14 AM

7. His fellow skinheads and white supremacists will give him a job


There is no shortage of them in the Pacific Northwest


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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #5)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:15 AM

8. I have 1:00 PM eastern time in the betting pool.

Pure jerk.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:16 AM

10. Does anybody know the meaning of the tattoo on his right arm?

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Response to bbernardini (Reply #10)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:20 AM

13. I was wondering the same thing.

I am going to check out the ADL and the SPLC databases.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #13)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:26 AM

14. Wondering as well....

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #13)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:27 AM

15. He said it's for a Brazilian jujitsu org. Uh huh. Right.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #15)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:41 AM

16. It does look like it:




However, he does appear to have a Thor's Hammer on his neck:



From the ADL:

The Thor's Hammer or Hammer of Thor is an ancient Norse symbol. In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder and his hammer (called Mjölnir) has the power of lightning. During the era of Viking ascendancy, miniature Thor's Hammers were often used as religious amulets. Today, the Hammer is a major symbol for those who follow neo-Norse religions such as Asatru.

Although its traditional origins are non-racist, and although most Asatruers today are not racist, the Thor's Hammer symbol has been appropriated by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, especially those who practice racist or white supremacist versions of neo-Norse beliefs under the guise of Odinism or Wotanism. White supremacists will often even create racist versions of the Thor's Hammer, incorporating swastikas or other hate symbols into the decoration.

Despite the widespread use of the Thor's Hammer symbol by white supremacists, the fact that it is an important symbol for non-racist Norse pagans means that one should never assume that the Thor's Hammer appearing by itself necessarily denotes racism or white supremacy. Instead, one should carefully judge the symbol in the context in which it appears.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #16)

Thu May 28, 2020, 05:36 PM

30. Thanks, demmiblue

Especially for the link to the ADL. I used to know some Asatruar through the Neo-Pagan community, and they were decent people, but that was 25 years ago. Even then they were aware of certain groups of white supremacists trying to take over the movement. All I could get out of it at the time was that schisms were common.

This guy looks like he'd be sheer poison around impressionable adolescent youth. He needs to pack his gym bag and get out.

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Response to bbernardini (Reply #10)

Thu May 28, 2020, 12:14 PM

21. Norse NeoPagan

These Nazi fucks have taken the religion over, starting about 15 years ago. They've turned it into a NeoNazi/Aryan Power "religion."

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Response to bbernardini (Reply #10)

Thu May 28, 2020, 12:24 PM

23. Except we saw it in real time

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:17 AM

11. What a "wonderful" salesman for his dying sport.



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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:19 AM

12. I just called the Bethel School District Administration asking for this monster to be fired.

Address: 516 176th St E, Spanaway, WA 98387

Phone: (253) 683-6000

Hours: Open · Closes 4:30 PMHours or services may vary

Please do the same...

I'm begging you...

On edit: My assistant's children (they're African-American) attend the Bethel School District. She called them yesterday to have this motherfucker fired. I feel a little behind the curve now.


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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:43 AM

17. What exactly is his point? Is he implying George Floyd faked his death?

Or that a 46-yr-old seemingly healthy man just coincidentally dropped dead, but it had nothing to do with a man kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes? How is any of this race-baiting? I'm failing to understand his point on any level.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:53 AM

19. You know who says "I'm not a racist?"

Yup. Only racists say that.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Thu May 28, 2020, 05:08 PM

29. Good Point

I never say it.
I don't behave or talk in such a way that anybody would think I'm racist.
If one has to say it, they're deluding themselves.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 12:10 PM

20. Hypocrite. His Facebook post IS race baiting.

Also a false equivalency regarding that wrestling move and the comments are a terrible example to kids. School teachers should avoid public comments on issues such as politics and religion to avoid creation of prejudice and division among student ranks.

He doesn't appear to even understand the basis of those protests.......

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 12:23 PM

22. You mean ex high school wrestling coach...

3, 2, 1

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 12:24 PM

24. Free speech doesn't mean speech without consequences.

He's about to learn that lesson.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 12:25 PM

25. People are aholes

about people dying that are not like them. No emotional connection at all for obvious reasons.

Someone died. I don't know how any human being can have a laugh about that or how one can feel the need to do this in support of the one responsible for the death.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 04:58 PM

27. Just more White Privilege drivel.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 05:02 PM

28. Proverbs 18:7

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