Athletes run scared of political correctness

How many top athletes meant it when they had been making statements regarding social justice (or lack thereof)? How many of them were happy when their teams’ stars organized boycotts of scheduled games to drive home the point that, according to them, America was unjust to a race-based segment of society? How many agreed that current President Donald J. Trump was to blame for all of it?

Herschel Walker thinks there are more of those who disagree with the current social activism trend in top professional sports than those who agree. He said it publicly, and, he would elaborate later, he lost some friends because of it. Yet, he still believes a principle remains a principle, period.

Herschel Walker, a former NFL star, knows a thing or two about top professional sports in America, and his words carry considerable weight.

Even though his words had cost him some friends, Walker wouldn’t back down. “Some people don’t like his (Trump’s) style,” he said. “People on opposing teams didn’t like it when I ran right over them either. But that’s how you get the job done.”

That’s one point.

The other is the level of intolerance public debate has reached these days. Its newest expression has become known as “cancel culture,” and it demonstrates perfectly how dirty has our public square has become.

It all started with political correctness. This movement tried to instill fear of saying whatever we feel needs to be said lest we offend somebody else’s sensitivities. This scandalous movement succeeded beyond the wildest expectations of those who had triggered it.

Road to hell

Here’s the plain reply: political correctness is a form of censorship. Any and all forms of censorships get us on a dangerously slippery slope that leads to what we are experiencing today. Get a life is what we should be telling those who cry in faked horror that they have been offended. Instead, we’re shaking in our boots even if and when we entertain a thought that might ruffle a feather or two, never mind express it.

The great Italian poet Dante Alighieri put it best: road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Political correctness only pretends to be based on good intentions.

Someone decides that now’s the time to intensify the artificial fear that many feel because of the horrendous hoax a.k.a. Covid-19, and so they come up with the Armageddon known as racism. And, to drive the point home, they get all kinds of criminal elements out on the streets. The idea is to try to scare their fellow citizens into submission by using indiscriminate terrorist methods, from looting to shooting.

And, while they are at it, they call racism in today’s society an example of systemic social injustice. Some of them are ignorant enough to get the words mixed up and use the word systematic, instead.

Alas, meanwhile, the fear of being politically incorrect has spread so wide, even those who (should) know better prefer jumping on the bandwagon to standing up for their own considered views. They have seen people lose their jobs and being ostracized just because they dared question the newest would-be progressive excesses.

So, it seems pretty obvious that Herschel Walker has hit the nail precisely on its head. It seems quite impossible that all top athletes (or Hollywood stars, or sundry public personages, for that matter) would be as stupid as to swallow the latest propaganda attempts line, hook and sinker.

Walker went a few steps further: “Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our National Anthem, and our country doesn’t mean they don’t care about social justice. I care about all of those things, and so does Donald Trump. He shows how much he cares about social justice and the Black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than any stickers or slogans on a jersey.”

Empty words

That’s precisely it: putting up slogans such as We skate for black lives, or wearing t-shirts with the group’s name on it, and spouting platitudes about social justice and lack of it, does nothing to solve a problem that hasn’t existed for decades.

Indeed. Just a reminder for those with short attention spans: Thurgood Marshall became the first African American (if one has to use the politically correct description) to be confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on August 30, 1967. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

That’s more than a half of a century ago.

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