Skip Bayless purportedly said he was “totally against taking American-born white players in the first round of the draft.” First Take went through the trouble of tweeting this to make sure it entered the Internet marketplace. Ratings probably spiked, which seems to be the only area of big, wildly important concern.
We’re unsure of the context. We are sure that context is irrelevant. Broad, sweeping generalizations are stupid. Ascribing such generalizations to any person based on his or her skin color or culture is cheap and repugnant. It has no place in serious discourse. It has no place in fake, trumped up, frivolous discourse. That is textbook racism, not a jumping off point for lively discussion.
The same network that suspended an anchor a month for unintentionally using a common idiom in an unfortunate context feels this is not only acceptable, but worthy of promotion? Ridiculous.
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