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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bryant Gumble Speaks Out

In the show "Real Sports", Bryant Gumble ended the program with the following:

"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t care about them and won’t watch them. In fact, I figure that when Thomas Paine said that “these are the times that try men’s souls,” he must’ve been talking about the start of another Winter Olympics. Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the winter games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won. And try to blot out all logic when announcers and sportswriters pretend to care about the luge, the skeleton, the biathlon and all those other events they don’t understand and totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years. Face it — these Olympics are little more than a marketing plan to fill space and sell time during the dreary days of February. So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin."
Let's see. So he doesn't care to watch the Winter Olympics because there are mostly white competitors?! He does not believe that these are the world's greatest athlete's, just becuase they are white? This comment would absolutely be viewed as racist if the speaker was white and conservative. If you change it to a comparable paragraph, you get this:
"Finally, tonight, the NBA. Count me among those who don't care about them and won'’t watch them... So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world'’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of whites that makes the winter games look like a NAACP convention. "
Can you imagine anyone saying this? They would be out of a job, plain and simple. This shows that racist remarks are politically correct, but only as long as they come from an African American. However, all remarks such as this are racially divisive, and should not be codoned.

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