Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabar: The Sterling Controversy is More Than Just Racist Remarks

Channeling some of my thoughts:

Abdul-Jabbar, perhaps channeling his closet libertarianism, also blasted the fact that Sterling’s private conversation — however racist — was suddenly broadcast nationwide.

“Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way?” he asked, comparing the secret tape-recording to Mitt Romney’s embarrassing 47 percent remark, recorded without the then-candidate’s knowledge.

“The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime,” Abdul-Jabbar fumed. “We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.”

“So, if we’re all going to be outraged,” the former NBA star concluded, “let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

It makes everyone feel good to mediatically lynch this guy, doesn't it?

Did anyone get upset about the fact he's committing adultery?

It's a piece of political theatre, a show trial, a way for the forces of political correctness to assert their power and authority.

I have no argument with sponsors pulling out.

I have no argument with people calling Sterling a racist.

I do have a problem with the fact that these actions serve political correctness.

What will happen when an owner calls a homosexual a "sodomite" [or worse!] in a private phone conversation (and it's true!)

What will happen when an owner says that women reporters shouldn't be in male locker rooms?

It makes me think of the episode of the Woman Caught in Adultery.

The Pharisees bring her to Jesus to be stoned. Because that's the right thing to do, isn't it? Stone people caught in the act, thereby preserving the moral climate of the culture.

Meanwhile, the Pharisees have their own skeletons.

And note, Jesus didn't say she wasn't guilty. And he didn't say they shouldn't stone her.

He just refused to take part in this political theatre.

And he told her: go and sin no more.