New Category! “Most Innocent And Fair Quote Of The Month That Gets Used To Tar The Speaker As A Racist And Destroy Her Career”: Former ESPN Rachel Nichols

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“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball. If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”

—-ESPN sideline reporter Rachel Nichols in a phone conversation nearly a year ago after learning that she would not host coverage during the 2020 N.B.A. finals, as she had been expecting.

The phone call, unbeknownst to her, was being recorded, and someone leaked it to the ESPN brass and the public. The ethical issues raised by that conduct are clear and have been discussed here often: it is a dastardly thing to do, a breach of basic Golden Rule ethics, and indefensible because it creates harm to all involved. But that’s not the issue at hand.

After the video was leaked, many black ESPN employees told one another that it confirmed their suspicions that outwardly supportive white people talk differently behind closed doors. Nichols, seeing the ominous handwriting on the wall, tried to apologize to Taylor with texts and phone calls. Taylor did not respond. Meanwhile, ESPN employees turned against Nichols, whom they perceived as indulging in a “common criticism used by white workers in many workplaces to disparage nonwhite colleagues” when she suggested that “Taylor was offered the hosting job only because of her race, not because she was the best person for the job.”

Let’s pause here and think. Nothing in Nichol’s quote disparaged Taylor or her ability. Nor did Nichols say that the only reason Taylor was getting the new plum job was because of her race, though that might indeed have been the case, since the same scenario is playing out everywhere across the country, in every industry, organization and government agency.

Is there anyone honest and blessed with a functioning cerebral cortex who has been paying attention to trends and developments in distributing jobs, promotions, appointments and honors over the last year who read what Nichols said and thought, “What in the world could she be talking about?”

Yet the New York Times, in its first story about the “scandal” (speaking the truth about race-related matters is a scandal, though we are constantly told that the fact that Americans “never talk frankly about race” is a problem—I know, it makes no sense, but that’s the rule—) called Nichols’ private remarks “disparaging” and the Daily News called them “racist.”

Heavens, what would ever give this woman the idea that a black employee would get a job that a white individual was qualified for because of “diversity” concerns?

Today there is a full page, full-color ad at the back of the first section of the New York Times from STARZ, the cable movie channel. Six large photos of African-American performers line the top and bottom. The text sandwiched between the photos reads,

We Believe

Representation Matters On Screen and Behind The Camera

followed by this graphic:

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Then, of course, there is this, proudly posted by Yale…

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…as well as, oh, thousands of other examples, like cartoon character voice actors being replaced solely because they are white, and theater artistic directors being replaced because they are white, and Coca-Cola demanding that its law firms obey a racial quota regarding which lawyers they assign to clients, and the Oscars installing racial quotas for film production, and Nikole Hannah-Jones being offered a tenured position at UNR despite having no academic credentials at all and being exposed as a fraud, and, of course, Kamala Harris.

The rule, apparently, is that it is “racist” to acknowledge what isn’t just going on, but what is being boasted about, proclaimed, and made the basis of public relations efforts.  There was and is every reason for Rachel Nichols to conclude that her race was what got her bounced out of a star broadcasting role at ESPN, and the necessary converse of that is that the race of her replacement was a major reason as well. 

With the return of the NBA season looming, ESPN announced last week that Rachel Nichols has been removed from coverage of the sport, and her weekday show, The Jump, has been canceled.

I do not believe that the logical, legal, ethical and factual tension between a full-court press across the country to discriminate against white citizens and the position that accurately describing the phenomenon as what it is constitutes racism is sustainable. Eventually victims like Nichols are going to figure out that apologizing for speaking the truth is not the required response.

19 thoughts on “New Category! “Most Innocent And Fair Quote Of The Month That Gets Used To Tar The Speaker As A Racist And Destroy Her Career”: Former ESPN Rachel Nichols

  1. Ah yes. The intersection of black people and Jews.

    In the early days of basketball, east coast, urban Jews made basketball their game. They played it. As basketball became a money making venture eventually employing almost exclusively black players, they promoted it and owned it and covered it on TV. (Abe Saperstein and The Globetrotters anyone? Basketball meets Vaudeville.) The vast majority of NBA franchises are owned by Jewish families. Adam Silver is Jewish. Most agents are Jewish. Many if not most announcers and commentators and reporters are Jewish. (Let’s face it, Stephen A. Smith is Howard Cosell reincarnate. He’s been dining out on Howard’s shtick forever. And Stephen A. just got Max Kellerman shit-canned from the show they used to work together!)

    Now black people see an opportunity to kick the Jews to the NBA’s curb. So ironic. If I were Adam Silver I’d be checking up on the terms of my golden parachute. LeBron James and Nike most likely have you in their sights, Adam.

    • Mmhmmm, that and jazz music and later music generally. Everyone in that famous photo of a great day in Harlem is either black or Jewish. Of course then the blacks moved on to rap and the Jews moved behind the scenes as well as maintaining a presence on the stage (Mark Knopfler, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were all Jewish). Thankfully the music world is big enough for both…at least for now. The minute someone fails to toe the BLM line, though, they’ll have a target painted on them.

    • Just so we are clear. Unlike most of the perks afforded so-called minorities today, Jews (yes, a minority) have NEVER (throughout history) been on the receiving end of free and merciful goodies. So, when you say the majority of NBA teams are owned by Jewish families, that may be a fact. It is the case in many industries and professions. However, they weren’t given to us or magically fall into our laps. There is a lot to be said for a culture that values, promulgates, and demands hard work, education, thrift, and excellence in all we do. Many of the people bitching and moaning today about their lot in life would do well take note and follow instead of demeaning and wallowing in their crapulence as if it were a virtue. Our success is what people (once upon a time) called the REWARD. It is more than a stereotype but hard-earned.

      • To say nothing of the fact that Jews have a long history of succeeding in business because they were traditionally kept out of other professions, such as law, medicine, education. Complaining that Jews are disproportionately over-represented in business without acknowledging the historical discrimination that forbade virtually anything else is unfair.

        • Up to a point – all professions have been open, at least in the free countries, for over a century. However, finance became a very “Jewish” thing from the Middle Ages, because of the exclusions you speak of and because Christians were forbidden to charge interest, making finance a losing proposition for them. Some nations, such as Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella and England under Edward I, threw the Jews out altogether, a mistake (apart from being bigotry), since it damaged the middle class significantly. It is correct that where that particular people are now is due to work, not luck or inheritance (although as generations pass doing better and better that comes into play).

          That said, both the Irish and the Italians were also treated a whole lot worse than today’s “minorities” when they got here. Now both are doing significantly better, of course, but those successes didn’t fall into anyone’s lap either. Marcus Daly, Alfred Mahan, Amadeo Giannini, Fiorello LaGuardia, they all worked very hard to achieve their success. Indolence, not trying, and harboring resentment are NOT virtues, yet now the greatest hero in this country to one group is a career criminal and all-around failure who just happened to die at the hands of a heavy-handed cop.

          • I think the Irish and Italians simply realized that in America you don’t really get anything by asking someone to give it to you. You have to go out there and get it. It’s not easy but it’s not that hard either.

            Education and frugality. That’s all it takes. And some consistent effort.

      • Oh WAHJR, we are clear as can be. So ironic Jews used to be considered “of color” (swarthy anyone?) but now they’re white and oppressors. I’d hazard to guess Jews have been more generous to and supportive of minorities, particularly black people, than any other group. Lots of Jewish kids from NYC were freedom riders in the south. A number of them were murdered. Jewish culture prizes education and taking care of one’s own above all else. You never, ever, see Jews playing the victim. They’re too busy doing the things necessary to flourish. It’s a plan I’d recommend to any “oppressed” group.

        • And of course, Asians are “of color” but by golly they just haven’t gotten the message they are oppressed. They’re too busy succeeding and flourishing. Dang.

      • There is a lot to be said for a culture that values, promulgates, and demands hard work, education, thrift, and excellence in all we do. Many of the people bitching and moaning today about their lot in life would do well take note and follow instead of demeaning and wallowing in their crapulence as if it were a virtue.
        Amen!

  2. When asking who is in charge, ask who you are not allowed to criticize. Jack, you and I best watch what we say, not just in public, but in private too. You never know who is listening, you never know who might be recording or writing things down, or just remembering what you said, in case it should “come in handy” later. Maybe it’s best to follow the rule of 3 and always have someone near or listening who you trust. It’s also unwise to trust anyone fully. Non-white people are convinced that when they are not around we go full racist, the same as your parents told you there was no ice cream in the house… until you went up to bed, then it was ice cream city, or told you the TV was broken so you couldn’t turn on the Three Stooges…but got it working again for the evening news. They want to listen in, and if you stumble, and tell a joke you shouldn’t, or say something less than politically correct, or say something that’s true but departs from the party line, they’ll pounce. It’s like the secretary who’s now retired, who told me before she went that “You white people are all racists, you were just able to hide it while I was around, you never slipped in a phone call or conversation. But you can bet my replacement will be black too, and she’ll be listening. One mistake, and you will be out that door. It’s a race between you slipping when you think no one is listening and your pension maxing out. You have nine years to go. Good luck.”

  3. I do not believe that the logical, legal, ethical and factual tension between a full-court press across the country to discriminate against white citizens and the position that accurately describing the phenomenon as what it is constitutes racism is sustainable.

    I’d like to agree, I really would. But when you realize that this “…full court press…” is mostly driven by white people, it makes a rational mind think that there is no limiting principle here. Self-interest even fears to tread where the race-baiters boldly go.

    Perhaps the professor who insisted that white people committing suicide in penance for past racism is too far, but I’m not sure anymore.

  4. I think what bothers me the most about the lady’s comment is that it in some ways implies an easy road and invincibility toward life’s circumstances for minorities in today’s world. It would be a grave and stupid error in judgment for minorities to fall into this trap. The entire inclusion, diversity, and equity phenomena are just the latest fad. This too soon shall pass or paradigm shift, and when it does, only hard work, integrity, reputation, and a positive track record will win the day and race. When all these illegitimate promotions, opportunities, and “come ups” are put to the test they will fold like a house built on sand. I am sticking with common sense, character, and hard work. They won’t let me down in the long run, if I live long enough to see history repeat.

    • I wonder whether Barack Obama, Lloyd Austin, Susan Rice, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Lori Lightfoot, et al. aren’t all affirmative mediocrities who’ve come home to roost and wreak their havoc upon the society that birthed and nurtured them.

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