Did you know that ESPN has a website dedicated to “exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture”? Well, of course it does, not just because it makes marketing sense for a company with so many African-American viewers but because everything in our lives now intersects with race, whether we've had race on our minds or not (usually not). Truthfully, most of us aren’t thinking much about race unless we’ve looked at the facts of a given situation and see injustice there. Then we’d really like to find solutions.
But I get the impression lately that if we don’t have race on our minds 24/7, we had better get with the program. In a curious twist of logic, it seems we all risk being called racists if we aren’t race-conscious all the time.
I became curious about this site, called “The Undefeated,” after seeing a reference to it in a story about Jemele Hill, the ESPN personality who called President Trump a white supremacist and who has yet to apologize to him, though he has called for one for saying something dreadful about him that isn’t true. She did apologize to ESPN –- receiving not even a suspension when others have been fired for expressing their less-than-PC personal views –- but still seems confused about where her job description ends and her “rights as a person” begin.
“The Undefeated,” a primarily-sports website created specifically for African-Americans, was first announced in 2013 but took a long time to get off the ground. Here are some details on its development from the time of that announcement to May of 2016, just prior to its launch:
President Trump deserves an apology from Hill for what she said. When did it suddenly become all right to throw around loaded terms like “white supremacist?”? A white supremacist is someone who thinks other races are inferior to the white race. Do some people actually believe this is an acceptable view among the vast, vast majority of white Americans in 2017? If you do, face it: you, like Bogie in CASABLANCA, were “misinformed.”
Doesn’t matter –- the issue of race has been brought into discussions that should have no “intersection” with them. To cite just one example, does anyone really think that white people want to keep terrorists out of this country because they’re not the right color? Is that why Donald Trump doesn't want them here? Really?
Sorry if I seem to be ranting, but after days of hearing about practically nothing except the ups-and-downs of NFL players on the field, I just wish there were something I could say to refocus attention on real issues that, if resolved, could make life better for all. This “protest” is doing just the opposite, which makes me wonder who’s pushing it behind the scenes and what their real goal is.
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