The issue of race is one I am largely uncomfortable discussing for the most part, but several recent incidents have undoubtedly raised awareness of just where our country stands when it comes to such issues. While I would like to think our country has made tremendous strides in civil rights and equality I recognize that there is still a good amount of work still to be made.
As a white male I have always felt uncomfortable saying just where this nation stands on a variety of race issues. Who am I to suggest this nation is free or largely free from prejudice and racism when I am not in the demographic that should be able to speak about it or evaluate.
When ESPN television personality Rob Parker shared his thoughts on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, a player long time visitors to No 2-Minute Warning know I have long been a fan of, I could not help but cringe. Despicable would b the word I would politely use to describe Parker’s comments and I felt a suspension from ESPN‘s airwaves was the least the network could do.
On Friday a troubled gunman entered an elementary school and executed innocent children and some brave adults who looked to save them before taking his own life as police arrived on the scene. It is being called one of those most horrific school shootings, and general shootings, in this nation’s history. Ranking shootings seems trivial to me because all are heartbreaking. When we no longer have the security to confidently say even the smallest of neighborhoods and the most innocent of places such as an elementary school are safe from harm,
On Sunday night a multi-faith memorial service was held in the town of Newtown, Connecticut to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on Friday. The vigil was attended by President Barack Obama, who said he was there to bring the somber town the support of the nation. The President’s attendance and speech caused the networks to abandon their regularly schedule programming to air the president’s comments as they were made. This meant NBC had to do what rarely happens; cut away from NFL football.
I would venture to say most fans watching the game were understanding of the logic used by NBC. This shooting brings everything else to standstill as we reflect on what is actually important in our society. Football, as with all sports, serves as nothing more than a diversion from the harsh reality in our world. NBC treated it as such, moving the game to other NBC outlets until the president had concluded his somber remarks.
This, of course, will not stop stupid people from spouting off, as documented and archived by Deadspin. In this age of social media with Facebook and Twitter, everybody has an instant voice, yet few will pause to think about potential repercussions of having their voice shared publicly. Just ask former North Alabama long snapper Bradley Patterson, who tweeted a derogatory word in reference to the president, one that makes me always feel uncomfortable. … Continue Reading