The New York Times (uncritically)reports:
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” That quote, from Maya Angelou, inspired The Undefeated, an ESPN media platform that, from its start in 2016, has helped shape the national conversation by exploring the intersection of race, sports and culture from a Black point of view. On Monday, ESPN said it would rebrand and expand the operation, which will now go by the name … Andscape…
“It’s time to talk about Black and everything,” Raina Kelley, Andscape’s editor in chief, said in a phone interview. “Far beyond just sports and athletes.” She continued: “How do you be an individual as a Black person in America with your own unique set of interests, some of which are bound together by melanin, but not all of them? And how do you feel whole? We wanted to create a space where Black people could be Black people: Black led, Black P.O.V., absolutely. But also where there were no definitions and no rules about what being Black meant, what you had to talk about.”
Stipulated: if there is a way to exploit tribalism and societal divisions and make a profit out of it, American corporations can be counted on to do so. After all, the tobacco industry once created cigarettes for feminists with the ridiculous slogan, “You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby! You’ve come a long, long way!”
Today, thanks to Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, pandering progressives and our fully Leftist institutions in education and the news media, the United States’ racial harmony is running backwards. Blacks are actively seeking segregation; one entire political party has endorsed racial quotas and discrimination. Now Disney and its subsidiary ESPN is telling blacks, “You have your own sports platform, baby! You’ve come a long, long way!”
Is that really progress? Has anyone thought this through ethically? Like so many other “advances” during The Great Stupid, the ESPN project begins with the assumption of innate racial differences in perception and perspective, and rather than attempting to unite society, “Andscape” will work at making the divisions sharper and permanent.
There is an intrinsic flaw in this strategy. If the objective is to eliminate racial bias and discrimination, then our society should be focused on creating shared cultural attitudes, experience and viewpoints. The rhetoric around Andscape says to me, “You white folks can’t comprehend us, so leave us alone to do things our own way and think our own way.” That position also tells us that all blacks necessarily think alike, or if they don’t, they ought to.
If I were to say to ESPN’s “broadcasters of color,” “How would you feel if there was a whites-only sports platform? Do you think that would be healthy for the culture?,” I am 100% certain the answer would be, “ALL of the existing sports platforms essentially reflect a white perspective! You’re complaining about a single operation for blacks?”
My view is that such segregated projects and organizations guarantee that racial tensions in the U.S. will never be alleviated, and will almost certainly get worse. I’m willing to be convinced otherwise. (How I wish Mrs. Q was still around to provide her wisdom and guidance….but I wish that with all Ethics Alarms topics.)
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