February 20, 2012

Doesn't this then prove the mainstream media is racist?

The New York Times' William Rhoden unwittingly exposes his own mainstream media to its favorite canard -- or card: the RACISM card.

Midway through a discussion about the world of sports at the Connecticut Forum in Hartford last week, Rebecca Lobo, the former University of Connecticut basketball star, posed an intriguing question. Could anyone recall a black athlete who had come off the bench like Tim Tebow or out of the blue like Jeremy Lin, flared to immediate stardom and received the sort of impassioned outpouring of love that has enveloped Tebow and Lin?

*Sigh* Yes -- and it's quite easy: Tiger Woods. The Williams sisters (Venus and Serena). Just to name three. And what is the distinguishing characteristic about all five of these examples?

They excel[led] in a sport dominated by another race.

This doesn't apply to Tebow as much as it does Lin, Woods and the Williamses, but that isn't his fault. The media went ape sh** over his religion. But with the others, really -- how many Asian stand-out stars are there in general in the four major sports? Woods and the Williams sisters got enormous coverage not only because they dominated their respective sports, but because they're African-Americans in sports overwhelmingly represented by whites.

Geez, was this really that hard to figure out? And could the title of Rhoden's article be any more ridiculous -- "Breakout Stars Shine a Light on Those Left Out" -- as if there are no black star athletes who get warranted recognition and adulation? If this was actually true, then doesn't this make Rhoden's own mainstream media guilty of ... racism?

(h/t to The Corner.)

Posted by Felix at February 20, 2012 10:20 AM | TrackBack

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The writer brings up Cam Newton, who without a doubt had a fantastic season and maybe didn't receive enough recognition for it (though fantasy football players surely paid attention). But football fans love winners - it's not as much of an individual stat game as, say, baseball - and Newton was on a losing team. He was also the first overall pick, with high expectations coming out of college, so there's no underdog angle to his success story.

Posted by: Nels at February 21, 2012 12:45 AM