With the Riley Cooper mess recently, it brought to light that racism is still very strong in America. It’s unfortunate that it’s still around despite how much the country has progressed in the past century.
However, something like this is really disgusting. In a country that has now made a strong effort to promote equality (with still a lot of mishaps along the way), seeing people do this is just bad.
Robinson was a hero to many and a pioneer for a road to a better America. But by having this happen to it shows us that we as a country has not moved that much towards the right direction. When stupidity and racism like this continue to show, it’s just really a sad reminder that we’re still living in a messed up world.
Riley Cooper got racist at a concert.
Earlier this summer, Riley Cooper was at a Kenny Chesney concert. What appears to be an act of frustration for not getting backstage passes, the above incident happened and was recorded. (And it doesn’t help the stereotype of rednecks who love country music.)
The video surfaced around today about a month since the incident and the backlash has been intense. Cooper in his anger to what was reportedly a security guard is unacceptable and saying ”I will fight every n***** here” is just not right.
Since then, he’s apologized on Twitter and spoken to the media. on it. The team has also fined him.
The final swing and the big bat flip.
Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s wins the home run derby with a show. He blasted 32 bombs en route to the title (and give the A’s fans discounted tickets). He’s the first player not on the All-Star team to win it. A relative unknown to most of America, he had a chance to display his skills and it was great to see the A’s get represented well.
This is his second season in the big leagues after defecting from Cuba in hopes of a better life here a little less than two years ago. He’s been learning English since he has arrived but hasn’t learned enough to be comfortable doing interviews. Despite all of that, he has assimilated himself real well and has embraced his new life in America.
However, that doesn’t stop the racist Americans from tweeting out their displeasure that Cespedes doesn’t know English. Twitter once again brings out the hate and racism from our country. And in case you didn’t know, English is not the official language of the United States. There is none.
They’ve made a movie about the Redtails.
Coming out of Washington, it looks like the Redskins could get a name change to the Redtails.
What’s a Redtail? I didn’t even know myself, so this was the explanation in the article.
In his resolution, Grosso urges the team to change its name to the Washington Redtails, noting that that was the nickname used by the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering aviation unit that broke the color barrier for U.S. military pilots in World War II. A plane used by the airmen recently was put in a place of honor in the Smithsonian.
This would be a complete 180-degree turn from their current name. One that isn’t racist, but is about equality. I wouldn’t mind it either way really. The Redskins name has been around so long that I probably have gotten used to it, so the name change issue isn’t big to me. But if it’s that important, a change sounds good and i can dig this.
New Braves batting practice cap.
Remember when the new batting practice caps were released and the Atlanta Braves got a lot of heat for their design?
It appears that the pressure to change the cap got to the team and they will not be going with the original design. Instead, they are going with the simple “A” logo for their batting practice cap.
This was something that a lot of people expected but until we actually saw it, it was just a lot of wondering whether or not the Braves would avoid potential disaster.
Is this racist?
It’s always been hard for me to really find a point of opinion when it comes to Native American names and image usage in sports. With the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and a ton more college teams using such names and logos, I want to feel that maybe we should put an end to it.
But then there are so many times when the Native Americans themselves say that it’s OK. For example, the Florida Seminoles have gained approval from the tribe themselves, so if they’re not offended, why should I be?
This comes on to this week’s latest buzz about the new batting practice cap for the Atlanta Braves, which revives a throwback logo and people are starting to talk again about it being racist. And to me, I think it does go along those lines. However, after reading this opinion piece, I’m starting to think a little different.
Last night was a very interesting night in terms of racism. Or was it real racism? I can’t really tell since I am not sure what is considered racist or not anymore.
As you can see from the above clip, Shaquille O’Neal decided to call David Lee the “White Chris Webber” and everyone has a laugh. But I started to think about why it was OK to laugh at it. Is it OK to bring up Lee’s skin in bringing up a nickname? If I played basketball, I wouldn’t want to be called the “Yellow Chris Webber” or anything like that. I would find that racist.
Then that takes me back to when Kobe Bryant was nicknamed the “Black Mamba” by Nike. Everyone thought that was cool but I sat there wondering why they had to call him the black mamba. Was it necessary to call him that? Why not just call him the mamba instead of choosing the black mamba?
Is this really racist?
This commentary is in response to the supposed racist ice cream that Ben & Jerry’s produced. To read about it, click this link.
As I have mentioned before, I am over the Jeremy Lin is Asian-American thing. I just want to view him as a basketball player. I don’t want his skin color or Harvard degree to be how I judge him as a player.
So when I read about the new ice cream flavor, I thought it was a cool idea and was not offended at all when I saw that it would include fortune cookies. But apparently, it was offensive in some way.