Saturday, February 18, 2006

So he was right for once

What's with the controversy over Bryant Gumbel's comments regarding the snow white winter Olympics? It's apparent now that conservatives have grown as hypersensitive as liberals.

"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," Gumbel said. What's false about that?

Republicans might want to kid themselves into thinking their party is a melting pot; maybe they should watch their next convention. Outside of Chaka Khan or a mariachi band appearing onstange, I haven't spotted many faces of color in those convention crowds. No judgment, just a fact.

The sportscaster's comments are more relevant in observing the acceptance of stereotype. Surmising that blacks are athletically superior to whites was once taboo, but Gumbel is obviously implying that, without significant African-American participation, these games are athletically inferior.

Not a word about that.

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