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View Diary: USA's Overreaction to Richard Sherman Is Case Study In Its Uneasiness, Fascination With Black Males (118 comments)

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  •  It's sad, really. (3+ / 0-)
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    Vita Brevis, Shotput8, Kwik

    I'm sure some saw his interview--which Erin Andrews handled just fine, btw- and thought, 'he's kind of rude.'

    That's fine. Perfectly normal reaction. But what's not normal is the hate I just quoted. That's disgusting and racist. And the apologists are almost worse.

    They get some kind of weird thrill in passive/aggressive racism. They love lurking around black people at times like this---just as they did during Zimmerman's trial.

    •  Do you see anyone here apologizing for the racism? (0+ / 0-)
      •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        Kwik

        When you jump into a diary like this and howl that it's not about racism, when some of it absolutely is, then you apologize for that racism.

        If you'd like, I can describe a non-racist way to react to Richard Sherman's interview.

        •  Please proceed. (0+ / 0-)

          But I think you're conflating people who have said that there are reasons to criticize Sherman that have nothing to do with race, with people who say that Sherman hasn't been subject to racist reaction - the latter being non-existent around here, IMO.

          •  I'm not conflating anything.. (2+ / 0-)
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            Nannyberry, Kwik

            I'm perfectly capable of weeding out racist reactions to Sherman from non-racist ones. You're the one struggling here.

            Now, let's say someone non-racist were to watch the Andrews interview(and the heated reaction from the public, including the overtly racist comments excerpted above) and didn't like the things Sherman said. Bad sportsmanship, rude, whatever.

            That non-racist person wouldn't come into a diary discussing those racist reactions and wave his hands around frantically that race isn't the issue. Stomp his feet angrily that it wasn't about race. Without acknowleging that some of it clearly was.

            How about this instead: 'I didn't like Sherman's interview and I don't like trash talk because it's bad for the game(blah, blah, whatever) but some of that stuff on twitter is toxic and racist.'

            That's a non-racist reaction.
            Try it out sometime.

            •  Nice strawman (0+ / 0-)
              That non-racist person wouldn't come into a diary discussing those racist reactions and wave his hands around frantically that race isn't the issue.
              Maybe you should try reading the comments before coming up with something about which to be upset.
              •  Given the subject matter, (0+ / 0-)

                I didn't expect much from this interaction. Nor did I expect you to acknowledge the racism in some of the criticism aimed at Sherman.

                But that's 'being an apologist for racism.'
                If that makes you sad, grab a kleenex.

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