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From “Shut Up and Dribble” to “He’s Allowed to have his View”

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Lebron James is in the Public Domain

From “Shut Up and Dribble” to “He’s Allowed to have his View”


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I’m honestly infuriated. At this point, considering Fox News an actual news station is either comedy or tragedy, and I genuinely can’t figure out which.

Fuck Laura Ingraham. She is racist. She is volatile and hateful.

And I knew all that before watching this.

Two prominent black players in the NBA were told to “shut up and dribble..” The graphic shows “JOCKS ON POLITICS”. When referring to athletes as jokes, you’re going for a specific stereotype of the “dumb jock”. So what you’re saying, Laura, is that the two black men are dumb and should stick to their talents on the court.

Shift to yesterday. “DREW BREES RECEIVES INTENSE BACKLASH FROM STAR ATHLETES AFTER REMARKS ABOUT NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS”. Okay. That’s legitimate. He did, and deservingly so. But it’s what this vile, racist Fox News puppet says at the start of that clip that really made me want to throw things. “He’s allowed to have his view, about what kneeling and the flag means to him. I mean, he’s a person.”

Back up. I mean, he’s a person.

BACK THE FUCK UP. He’s a person?

NO SHIT.

So, just to be clear here. When a black athlete uses their platform to promote equality and justice they are demonized. Based on her comments about Brees, it’s clear to me that Ingraham does not see LeBron James and Kevin Durant as people. Their voice is not valid, because of the color of their skin.

But someone like Drew Brees – a white, Christian athlete – is a person. Because he’s white, he’s a person. Because he turned the story from systemic injustice against black people to protesting the flag, he’s a person. Fuck. Right. Off.

I’m tired. And I’ve been silent for most of my life. Are you angered by this? Pissed about the state of this country and the way, for our entire existence, we’ve oppressed black lives in our society?

If no, go fuck yourself.

If yes, how long have you been angry? A week? A year? Imagine this hopelessness every day of your life. I’m mad and I’m a fucking cis-white man. I’ve never been oppressed. And I will never know or truly understand what it’s like to deal with that every day of my life. And I’m tired? Fuck me.

It’s time to get our heads out of our asses. We’ve got work to do.

Update: The King has responded.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech and lives in Brooklyn. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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