Deadspin, a dunder-headed, race-baiting, progressive foolishness blight on the web in its best days, posted that classic of Yoo’s Rationalization (“It isn’t what it is”) as its thoughtful response to the Buffalo mass shooting.
The photo was from the days following the George Floyd Freakout, as The Great Stupid began to spread over the land. Then, the NBA, like the other professional sports leagues, was falling all over itself to align with the half-baked political sensibilities of their black stars, in the NBA’s case, “their stars” period. Thus plastering the deceptively benign motto of the Marxist, racist, often violent scam movement on their game venues was the expedient thing to do, even if it wasn’t brave, helpful or ethical. Deadspin’s author of this brain-dead but woke tweet—is that redundant?—apparently thinks that there’s something sinister in the fact that millionaire athletes under contract as athlete/entertainers aren’t refusing to perform their jobs based on the predominant skin shade of the spectators who pay their salaries.
Of course, black fans were also entertained by the players. it is also important to note that the vast, vast, vast majority of professional athletes look like fools and children whenever they venture outside their extremely narrow range of knowledge and expertise. Using their barely literate, emotion- and peer pressure-driven analysis of current events as influence all but guarantees a grasp of complex issues and events as societally useful as those of Bette Midler, Joy Behar and Robert De Niro—you know: idiots.
I can’t even tell what white superiority even means any more. Pro basketball might be the worst setting to explore it. A small racial minority completely dominates the player ranks, which is spectacularly lucrative. Blacks make up an estimated 30% of the “avid fan” base as opposed to their 13+% of the population, and a white avid fan base of 10%. What exactly is the tweet trying to say? Are black athletes supposed to punish white fans when a single racist crazy goes on a shooting rampage? Even though they will be punishing more black fans? Is Deadspin saying that some kind of protest is necessary show disapproval of a mass murder? Like the NFL kneeling craze, the complaint is incoherent.
Yet impressively, the article it links to is even worse. Here is The Great Stupid in all its brain-damaged glory:
….when the NBA had “Black Lives Matter” on the floor, players had social justice slogans on their uniforms, and Adam Silver was allowing — think about that for a second — Black people to kneel because the police love shooting Black people, the NBA — and the WNBA — were prioritizing the humanity of their players. There was even a boycott of a playoff game, which caused the entire sports world to come to a halt, as players finally saw just how much power they have. But that was then, and this is now. Players aren’t getting asked how they feel about things outside of 94 feet after games as much. It’s as if basketball, or whatever sport they play, is all that should matter to them. Sideline reporters aren’t asking them about Roe v. Wade or if their loved ones are scared to go to the grocery store like they used to.
“Police love shooting black people.” This Nirvana of social consciousness was launched, you may recall, because a black man died after a thug of a cop kept his knee on the man’s neck. The statement that police love shooting black people libels a profession, a race and a nation.
Did Twitter pull the tweet as “misinformation”? No. It’s “no” because Twitter supports one large chunk of the ideological divide that sees its chance to hold power as keeping the races divided, suspicious, and hating.
Players aren’t being asked about anything other than basketball? Good. They shouldn’t be. The only thing that makes their uninformed, narrow opinions mildly interesting is that they are celebrities, otherwise, their views are worth as much as your barber’s, your unemployed cousin’s, or the guy playing the guitar on the corner. “It’s as if basketball, or whatever sport they play, is all that should matter to them”? When they are being paid to play basketball, that is all that should matter to them. It’s called work. It’s called “their job.” If they want to be activists, good luck to them and fare thee well, but that’s on their own time.
Aw, reporters aren’t asking NBA players about Roe v. Wade? Well good again. What are the odds of an NBA player knowing what Roe says, and why? I’d say close to zero. How many have read Alito’s draft? Heck, how many of the sports reporters who are supposed to be asking players about Roe have read it?
This is the Great Stupid, my friends.
And it rolls on…