Monday, January 12, 2009

Kansas City Star columnist Whitlock: we are entering the "Age of the White Athlete" because the government is locking up potential black athletes

Writing at the Kansas City Star, race-baiting columnist Jason Whitlock says the US is entering the Age of the White Athlete because the government incarcerating so many athletes in the black community. Here's how O'Neil at State of the Line describes Whitlock's latest column:
Whitlock has gazed upon football messiah and media darling Tim Tebow, and he has seen the glory of white athleticism:

Well, now here comes Tim Tebow, and it appears everyone is ready to fall in love with Touchdown Timmy, the half-man, half-monster quarterback. He appears to be a novelty, a white athlete with limitless athleticism.

I think he’s a symbol of what has already transpired and what we’ll soon recognize. The boys from the suburbs are spending just as much time as the boyz from the ’hood working on their bodies and skills.

Sure, we could do without the “boyz from the ‘hood” usage, but whatever. Whitlock is basically saying that white athletes are no longer to be described as mere “good game managers” or “smart players” or “field generals.” They can now be referred to as “mobile” and “athletic,” or something. Not too much controversial stuff there, we suppose. Just overstatement. Spotting a generational shift in sports requires more than one square-jawed, too-smiley quarterback. It’s this next part that gets JW into some hot water:

Too many young black men are rotting in jail.

America’s out-of-control incarceration rate has devastated the black community in many ways. Athletics has not been immune.

When you hear the stat rattled off about more young black men being in jail than in college that also means that there are a lot of talented athletes throwing away college scholarships by running afoul of the law.

Athletics used to be a poor black kid’s ticket to education and out of poverty. You can’t punch that ticket if you’re saddled with felony convictions before you get out of high school. You can’t participate in state-of-the-art training methods if you’re locked up.

Ah, so that’s why all the great athletes are now white! Because all the black athletes are in jail, apparently. So to sum up: white players have developed better athleticism, black players are in jail, and the bearer of this message has no proof for any of this beyond casual observation.

Solid gold journalism, Whitlock.

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Anonymous said...

He is a gem, isn't he. You know someone said the other day that McClatchy is paying that loud mouthed race baiting piece of shit, 400k a year for his tripe. Strange because you can go to any Prison in the area and find better for .27 per day.

McClatchy Watch said...

$400,000 a year?

Anonymous said...

That photo is a little too scary, I'm probably going to have a nightmare.

Dave D. said...

...Well I can see one pie eating champion and ace journalist thinks being good with a ball oughta be kriptonite for felony arrests. Since almost all crime is intraracial, he's arguing that people who rape, rob and murder black folk should be excused for athletic ability. Hey ! That's the same argument the Klan makes, minus the athletic ability. The man is a moron.

Archer05 said...

Would it be possible to resize Jason Whitlock’s photo down to postage stamp size? That photo is almost frightening, and certainly not one to view after meals.

Speaking of incarcerated black athletes, a group of us were watching the weekend football games. The TV talking heads were discussing Michael Vick and his return to football.

Our group decision was that he should never play in the NFL again. There was no mention that he is black. Two female fans, though not PETA members, said they would join PETA and protest if he is allowed to play again.

Kris said...

Remember, jails and prisons are just full of innocent people...according to them. Yeesh! What's this guy on?

ninjadan said...

I'd like to point out a simple, if not underutilized, fact regarding this entire matter.

That is, if you don't commit crimes, you won't go to jail.

I'm at a little bit of a loss here. Is this fine, upstanding, food-loving journalist implying that we shouldn't punish criminals of color so they can go on to be famous, make lots of money and still commit crimes with impunity while their white counterparts bear the full brunt of the law should they do the same?

Someone help me, I'm confused.

Anonymous said...

The large percentage of "black" males in prison is a direct reflection of crime statistics. When a certain group committs (lets say)
45% of the violent crimes, then the jail population will reflect a 45% population rate of said group.
it's not a racist statement, just a mathmatical equasion.