There's a wreck at this "intersection"

September 27, 2017

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: 

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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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Comments 1-5 of 11

  • Betty Allen

    10/18/2017 10:32 AM

    I have been alive long enough to remember President Roosevelt and i didn't believe human beings would sink so low as to disrespect a president like they do our President Trump. There is no respect for anyone anymore, i grew up respecting my elders, my teachers, my church and my country. I am still proud to have had the opportunity to live in america, but i think most of the population should have had some spankings before they developed their nasty way of speaking. Lastly our president is doing a good job in spite of all the negativity he has to deal with.

  • rosemary moncibais

    09/29/2017 09:32 PM

    She should apologize or be terminated.

  • Linda Cagle

    09/29/2017 04:34 PM

    Football players should just play football, and be grateful they live in a country where they make obscene amounts of money to play a sport. Standing up and showing support for your country is the least one should do. If you have a problem with this , there are ways of taking care of that other than not respecting our flag. In the end, all they will accomplish is to drive all the fans away from the games. Linda Cagle

  • Marilee Males

    09/29/2017 02:07 PM

    The meaning of this is total disrespect. Do you think that would have been tolerated with our former President? And with their own definition they are being "racist" by having their own exclusive site?

  • Carol Clark

    09/29/2017 01:03 PM

    Governor Huckabee, you have stated it right, all the way. Unfortunately , to the detriment of many Americans, we have had racial division shown in every aspect of life over the previous 8 years. It has seriously divided the US. I'm conservative and didn't whine and complain about the former President during 8 long years. I had many thoughts and opinions about him but kept them to myself so that I would not contribute to racial division. I could care less what the color of your skin is.

There's a wreck at this "intersection"

September 27, 2017

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: 

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.  I READ THEM!

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Comments 1-5 of 11

  • Betty Allen

    10/18/2017 10:32 AM

    I have been alive long enough to remember President Roosevelt and i didn't believe human beings would sink so low as to disrespect a president like they do our President Trump. There is no respect for anyone anymore, i grew up respecting my elders, my teachers, my church and my country. I am still proud to have had the opportunity to live in america, but i think most of the population should have had some spankings before they developed their nasty way of speaking. Lastly our president is doing a good job in spite of all the negativity he has to deal with.

  • rosemary moncibais

    09/29/2017 09:32 PM

    She should apologize or be terminated.

  • Linda Cagle

    09/29/2017 04:34 PM

    Football players should just play football, and be grateful they live in a country where they make obscene amounts of money to play a sport. Standing up and showing support for your country is the least one should do. If you have a problem with this , there are ways of taking care of that other than not respecting our flag. In the end, all they will accomplish is to drive all the fans away from the games. Linda Cagle

  • Marilee Males

    09/29/2017 02:07 PM

    The meaning of this is total disrespect. Do you think that would have been tolerated with our former President? And with their own definition they are being "racist" by having their own exclusive site?

  • Carol Clark

    09/29/2017 01:03 PM

    Governor Huckabee, you have stated it right, all the way. Unfortunately , to the detriment of many Americans, we have had racial division shown in every aspect of life over the previous 8 years. It has seriously divided the US. I'm conservative and didn't whine and complain about the former President during 8 long years. I had many thoughts and opinions about him but kept them to myself so that I would not contribute to racial division. I could care less what the color of your skin is.

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