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Stopping Rush Is Like Stopping Racism

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Because Rush Limbaugh has expressed such open disdain and contempt for black people and the black community, some black players in the NFL have openly expressed disdain and contempt for Mr. Limbaugh.  Consequently, there are black players who are now saying that they do not want to be a part of anything associated with Mr. Limbaugh.

Mathias Kiwanuka, defensive end of the New York Giants, said he would never play for the Rams if Mr. Limbaugh purchased the team.  New York Jets’ Bart Scott said that he would never play for any team owned by the conservative radio host who has made a king’s ransom from being as controversial as possible and appealing to his conservative base who could not care any less about such trivial things as racial sensitivity.  But then this same conservative base will turn around and give all kinds of props to people who express hostility and animosity towards any concept meant to minimize racial disparity.

“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on,’” said Mr. Kiwanuka to The Daily News.  He went on further to say, “I mean, I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of.  He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country.  But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.”

“I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there’s a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can’t respect him as a man.”

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, a major target of Mr. Limbaugh’s scorn when Mr. Limbaugh was a commentator for ESPN back in 2003 said, “If he’s rewarded to buy them, congratulations to him.  But I won’t be in St. Louis anytime soon.”

As a cheerleader for the most radical concepts of the right, Mr. Limbaugh did, does, and will do his best to instigate animosity against those who are not part of his base.  And the black community is about as far from the radical right winged, predominantly white, conservative base as one can get.  Now, Mr. Limbaugh has to reap the racial animosity he has spent years sowing and accept the fact that his reputation for racially charged statements might make some people think twice before working for him.

While many black football players choose not to see a difference between Mr. Limbaugh and any other potential team owner.  Everybody has the propensity to be an undercover racist.  But on the other hand, I don’t know of too many people who own NFL teams who have attacked and ridiculed the black community in a manner similar to Mr. Limbaugh’s rants and removing any doubt of their potential to support racial disparity.

If Mr. Limbaugh or Sean Hanity or Glen Beck or Michael Savage or Clarence Thomas or Anne Coulter or Michelle Malkin was to suddenly walk into my office and announce that he or she is the new owner, without a doubt I would believe that my career prospects have just taken a severe turn for the worse.  I could protect my job if I made the choice to look the other way or even support whatever racist propaganda these people might spew.  But the damage from the constant ragging on the black community would be considerable.  And I couldn’t stomach the thought of contributing to the promotion of such god awful misinformation.  But no doubt, there are some black people who would be just as happy working for Mr. Limbaugh as they would for anyone else.  Somebody’s got to do it.

People who are actually listening and watching and paying attention to what’s happening and are not willing to be complacent and are willing to speak up and call a wrong a wrong are the type of people that will be more likely to help change things for the better for everyone.  While others are content working for people who are happy to wear their racism on their sleeves, doing nothing to keep racism in check, these people are actually saying no to people with such disregard for fellow humans and holding people like Mr. Limbaugh’s feet to the fire.

Mr. Limbaugh is just as free as anyone else to buy a football team.  But that doesn’t mean that players are required to work for him.  Players are just as free not to work for a racist is they choose not to do so.  If more players had the courage to stand up and say they have no desire to work with someone as disgusting as Rush Limbaugh then he’d probably think twice before going through with his purchase.

But more importantly, Mr. Limbaugh should be smart enough to see that the racism he promotes isn’t just going to be entitled by everyone.  There might be other situations coming up in his future where the shit he has said will come back to haunt him.  If Mr. Limbaugh was smart he’d learn to change his racist ways and do more to promote a more racially tolerant atmosphere.  But fat chance of that ever happening.

Monday, October 12, 2009 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Racism, Rush Limbaugh, Thoughts

2 Comments »

  1. Brother Peacemaker:
    I admire you for this work. Never stop communicating about what is so important. Have you met Drew at: http://freestyletheology.wordpress.com/? If you haven’t, you probably should. 🙂
    Pam B

    Comment by notesalongthepath | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Saw you stopped by… (and thanks pam for the plug). I completely agree about he Rush Limbaugh situation. I am hoping that more people speak up against Rush… its time that America finally voiced some true disdain because of his hate speech towards blacks and other people groups.

    Comment by freestyle | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Reply


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