I have been watching the recent fallout over at ESPN. Have you seen any of this? It is better than some of the best comedy shows that I have ever watched. In case you have not seen any of this, let me first bring you up to speed.
On Sunday, July 4, a recording was leaked of Rachel Nichols, a young white woman who has been a very outspoken supporter of all things “woke” and “blm” and the like, disparaging ESPN for taking away a job that had apparently been promised to her, and giving it to one of her colleagues, a young black woman named Maria Taylor. (Side note: I had never heard of Maria Taylor until this story broke.) Rachel Nichols was recorded accusing ESPN of having a poor history of diversity in its hiring practices, apparently not only in terms of race, but also gender. Rachel Nichols stated that she had experienced that poor history herself because she is a woman.
Fast forward to today. After Rachel Nichols issued a semi-apology (and I call it that because she never admitted to what she said or that she was sorry she said it), employees and former employees of ESPN have come out calling each other racist and revealing behind-the-scenes secrets about the workplace environment. It is an all-out race war! (You can easily do an internet search and find some of the articles, videos and podcasts with people discussing this topic.)
I bring all this up because I have said for a long time that the woke crowd makes this stuff up as they go. Rachel Nichols has, for a while now, been one of the loudest voices for the whole black-lives-matter debacle and the “woke” NBA. (There are rumors as to why she is such a fierce proponent of this madness, but I will not get into speculation.) Now that this recording has come to light, it appears that Ms. Nichols is not as woke as she claims to be when she is on camera.
Rachel Nichols is the least of the problem. The bottom line is that ESPN sold its soul to the whole black lives matter movement, and once they did that, they were out in treacherous waters that they now cannot navigate. What they did not know is that you can never appease the “woke” crowd. They move the bar every day. They have no set standard. When you meet the criteria for the moment, the next thing you know is that you have to do more. Case in point: music artist Lecrae and Dan Cathy. On national tv, Dan Cathy got on one knee with towel in hand and “shined” Lecrae’s shoes. (In case you don’t know who these people are, Lecrae is a black man who sings contemporary Christian music, and Dan Cathy is the son of Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-Fil-A.) Dan Cathy had recently come to an epiphany about race relations, and claimed that every white person should shine a black person’s shoes. Lecrae appeared more than happy to have this man at his feet. When Dan Cathy got up to return to his seat, Lecrae said to him, “Now give me some of that Chick-Fil-A stock!” As soon as those words came out of his mouth, my thought was ‘See….nothing is ever enough for these people.’
As a black woman, I am deeply embarrassed by the “woke” mob, cancel culture, blm, accusations of systemic racism, the fallout behind George Floyd and all other race related issues in America. I do not have blinders on. I know that there are people out there who do not like other people because of the color of their skin. There are whites who do not like blacks. There are blacks who do not like latinos. There are latinos who do not like Jews. There are Jews who do not like whites. It is a vicious cycle and I recognize the fact that it exists.
Where the whole race relation thing loses me is that we have race issues in this country based on who is in political power. We went several years prior to the election of Barack Obama where race relations were decent. All this craziness started when Barack Obama went on national tv, after the justified shooting of Trayvon Martin, and said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. Why did he need to say that? He didn’t mention any of the young white men who had been killed in 2013. He didn’t mention any of the young white women who had been kidnapped, raped, and murdered that year. Why would he choose the one killing that might tip the race scale to make a comment?
But I digress…
Back to my original thought….ESPN has jumped into the mirky waters of race relations by supporting blm, the movement. There are many sports fans, myself included, that are offended by the promotion of black lives matter during sporting events. Sports fans are offended by watching multi-millionaires claiming that they are offended by the national anthem while making millions of dollars on the backs of hard working, every day, average, run of the mill, hourly waged men and women like you and me. Sports fans are tired of corporate entities spewing out their personal and political preferences, while promoting their product on the fields of play and uniforms of athletes. WE ARE SICK OF IT.
I stopped watching ESPN and all sports in March 2020, when the NBA players refused to play in protest to the killing of some criminal who came against the police and got himself shot. I refused to spend any time consuming a product as offensive as the NBA when they play identity politics. I refuse to help their ratings climb. I refuse to be a part of the sports world as long as they are “woke”. I know everyone does not feel as strongly as I do, but those who do, my suggestion is to turn off ESPN.