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Friday, February 17, 2006

Bryant Gumbel - Race Baiter

"Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don't like them and won't watch them ... Because they're so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something's not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what's called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won ... So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they're done, when we can move on to March Madness -- for God's sake, let the games begin." Bryant Gumbel made these remarks the other night on his HBO program. So what exactly is his point? That because there are few blacks participating in the Winter Olympics the competition is illegitimate? Are blacks being kept out of winter sports by a racist establishment? Are black kids, at least those those clamoring for snowboards and bobsleds, being denied? Should I not watch the NBA because of a "paucity of whites"? Why is it that if blacks (or any other minority du jourexcludesh excudes Asians in many instances) are under-represented in a field or sport, there is bigotry afoot, but if they are over-represented it is the natural course of events? Let's be honest, the unstated but obvious premise in Gumbel's remarks is that blacks are generally better athletes than whites, so their absence renders the the winter games counterfeit. [Note: does the absence of whites in hip-hop speak ill of that genre of "music"?]

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