Diversity or plain racism?

It’s time to call the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA for short) out for what this group is all about. It is as racist as racist can get.

One of its official demands: the NHL must make sure that there is a certain number (defined in percentages) of black people in its management system.

It hasn’t been made clear whether the demand covers the league overall or whether it means that individual clubs must meet the quota, or whether this is a combination of both possibilities.

What has been made clear is that skin colour – race, that is – is the sole criterion.

Who needs knowledge? Who needs expertise? Stop bothering us with such useless nonsense.

Failure to end all failures

The most flagrant example of quotas in recent memory that comes to mind is the so-called Kyoto Protocol. This sordid document, signed, sealed and delivered in 1997, came into effect in 2005. It defines the level of various greenhouse gas emissions each country is allowed to release into the air.

Since some countries were better off than others even at the time this treaty was negotiated, it allowed for trading the quotas between states. This innovative approach created a market with invisible commodities with very visible currencies changing hands. Just ask former American vice-president Al Gore how it works.

Real numbers never supported the climate panic mongers’ dire warnings. They decided, during their 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, that the world needs fixing, and nobody else but they knew how to do it. So, they rolled up their sleeves and off to work they went.

Of course, nature had the gall to continue moving as she pleased. First, we had new ice age coming up, then we had global warming, and just as the climate warriors thought they had prevailed, nature would change her mind.

So, they outsmarted nature (or so they thought): it is climate change now, and nobody can say that climate is not changing.

But the quota market has been thriving ever since the climate politickers, in their holy enthusiasm, put pens to paper in Kyoto.

Is this what is going to happen in the NHL?

Imagine a general manager calling his colleague: hey, you seem to be a bit over the HDA quota, and I’m just under it, mind making a trade?

Or the other way round: hey, I need to offload one quota guy to make room for someone who knows the business of hockey, what if we made a trade?

(To pacify the gentler crowd: the word “guy” as mentioned in this context does not necessarily imply we’re talking about males only.)

Stupid? Won’t happen?

Well, the climate quota market opened on Thursday (Mokuyōbi in the Japanese language), December 11, 1997, shortly before the ink dried on the participants’ signatures.

The HDA also demands that more young black people engage in hockey. Bravo, except: what’s the NHL got to do with that? Why not leave the decision in the hands of those young people (and their parents)?

Backlash from the real bosses

As reported by the Dallas News newspaper, Dallas Stars CEO Brad Alberts admitted the hockey team has “lost customers” and seen a decline in season-ticket holders over their support for the Black Lives Matter movement during the 2020 season.

“The Stars have lost customers over their support of Black Lives Matter and protests over racial inequality,” Alberts was quoted as saying.

No, business will not stand in the way of ideology, Alberts told Matthew DeFranks: “… we’lI stand by our organization’s commitment and support our players 100 per cent to express their views.”

The Stars did not play Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series against Colorado Avalanche as planned because the NHL — at the direction of its players — postponed these games.

The NHL chimed in: “Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centred on diversity, inclusion and social justice.

“We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society.”

Fine, magnanimous words, all of them. The only minor issue of major consequence: all three of the tragedies mentioned in the NHL statement involved criminals and criminal activities.

And nobody has ever mentioned the real victims. Innocent people whose lives the infuriated mobsters ruined in their indiscriminate violence.

As Dr. Martin Luther King once famously observed, once you hurl a rock, you stop being a protester, you become a criminal.

And the fans, that is, the real bosses, have noticed the discrepancy between words and actions. They are reacting the only logical way: they are looking for other ways how to spend their hard-earned dollars.

Out of their lane

Sports reporters have turned their attention to politics, too. Having never been trained in the field, their efforts would be ludicrously humorous, except: many people still trust them. In fans’ minds, these would-be journalists are linked to famous athletes, and the word fan, after all, originated with the word fanatic.

Now, even the CNN noticed that sports reporting has turned away from its original job.

Granted, very often it is the athletes themselves who cause the new twist. Interviewed in live broadcasts, they ignore questions about this or that particularly special moment when their play turned the game around. Instead, they drive the conversation into the minefield of politics, showing more ignorance than a below-average Kindergarten student.

All of it is a sign that times have been changing, many so-called sports journalists claim. Some go so far as to walk off the set to show their solidarity with players who walk off their ice surfaces and arena floors.

Decades before today’s turmoil, Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali, evaded the draft because he didn’t want to fight for his country in the Vietnam War. He was banned from boxing and sentenced to spend five years behind bars.

Today’s would-be sports journalists link his behaviour to that of today’s sports millionaires.

Many use the example of Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali to support their thesis. They forget (and very conveniently, too) that Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali did not protest against the war as a black man. He simply objected as an American citizen.

Stick to sports

ESPN, one of the major sports broadcasters in the U.S., has commissioned a public opinion poll recently. The plan was to find out what its viewers and listeners thought of the entire politics-in-sports-reporting charade.

To say they were surprised is an understatement. They must have been shocked. Not only did about three-quarters of those asked say they didn’t want a single word about politics in ESPN’s reporting. Almost the same percentage of respondents who identified themselves as members or supporters of the Democratic Party said the very same thing.

All of these respondents explained that they would mostly listen to or watch sports broadcasts to get their minds off their daily concerns. They used sports as an easy escape from the heavily politicized news cycles elsewhere, too.

Some defend politicking in sports coverage by saying their mandate is to do sports stories that, according to them, matter. That, they insist, includes racial injustice, gender disparities, LGBTQ rights, the environment, or who won the game last night.

One side is right here.

And, it seems, it is the side that pays the piper, that is, the readers, listeners and viewers, not the side that says pay us and shut up.

Those politically correct would-be journalists are going to wake up one not-so-distant day to find out there’s no money left in the kitty. Their real bosses, the readers, listeners and viewers, that is, are no longer in the mood to continue keeping them living in the styles they’ve grown accustomed to.


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