Thursday, February 26, 2009
Calling All Cowards
Our attorney general is calling us out.
Said newly minted Eric Holder recently….
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, a nation of cowards,” Holder said in remarks to his staff in honor of Black History Month.
By “we” I’m not sure exactly who that includes.
Surely it can’t include Al Sharpton. He seems pretty comfortable talking about race, and profiting from it. Your average white dude? Well, he’s probably scared shitless. After all, he can only lose his job by saying one wrong word to one wrong person, in one wrong email.
I have presided over many a topic on sports radio that had either overt or subtle racial tones. The discussion is almost always unproductive. Even something that should be universally repulsive like say…. Oh… DOGFIGHTING…. Turns into a call-in racial proxy-war.
Seriously, you have to just remember the callers (usually black) who went through tortured justifications of Vick to realize that meaningful dialog was basically hopeless.
CALLER: “You have to understand the culture of …..”
ME: “No I don’t. That crap is just sick and barbaric.”
So much for courage.
I’ve had similar dead end “discussions” about Allen Iverson, the TV show “Playmakers”, tattoos, and plenty of other sports issues that grazed upon race.
It’s just not worth it.
And for gods sake, don’t ever try to say anything funny that’s race related. See the Don Imus fiasco. Did he deserve a suspension for the infamous “nappy headed ho’s” comment? Of course. Did he deserve to get fired? Of course not.
Especially given Imus’ track record for charity to cancer victims of all races through his ranch program, and his genuine contrition in the wake of the comments.
Even some well respected black leaders like Bill Cosby get smacked down when they say something that doesn’t fit the existing “victim template” of racial discussion.
Bryant Gumbel calls Gene Upshaw a “lapdog.” No consequence.
Michael Irvin speculates that Tony Romo’s must have some slave blood in him because he’s so athletic. No consequence.
Cowards? You bet, Mr. Attorney General. Now, maybe you should ask why.