A lot of athletes have made a number of dumb comments, and among those were the racial assertions made by Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman in 1987 about Larry Bird.
In an effort to discredit the Boston Celtics star, Thomas and Rodman said that if Bird was black, he would be just an average basketball player. Both of them were roundly slapped around, because whether you couldn’t stand the Boston Celtics – count me in! – Bird had game, and anybody who played against him knew that he was one of the game’s best. That’s why he’s a pro basketball Hall of Famer and a member of the NBA’s top 50 ever cast of players.
The Thomas-Rodman-Bird flap came to when I heard about the recent comments made by former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.
The 72-year-old former congresswoman has spent a lot of time running her mouth this campaign season, and now she has unleashed another barrage of comments, fanning the flames of the hot button issues of race and gender.
In an interview with the the Torrance Daily Breeze, Ferraro said that if Sen. Barack Obama wasn’t black, there’s no chance in hell he would be leading the Democratic race for president.
“‘If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
This is the second time Ferraro has tried to drive her nonsensical gender vs. race agenda into our minds, and it’s time that we say enough to all the back and forth over race and gender.
Look, America has a racist and sexist history. Women have been treated horribly in this nation, having to fight for respect, whether it’s the right to vote or equal wages for equal work. And we know the horrors of slavery, and the laws that subjected African Americans to second-class status during the decades of Jim Crow.
Women and African Americans have been treated horribly. Can we cut the crap over who suffered more?
A white woman like Ferraro, who has gone through a lot of hell over her 72 years, knows what it’s like to be a woman in a power position. But I’m sure there are many black male politicians who know what it’s like to be a black man trying to climb the political ladder. She has no understanding of that – nor of a black woman running for high office – so how does she know how “easy” it is?
So Geraldine, give it up.
Let the rest of us see two talented politicians who have earned their way to this position, without your efforts to pit women against men and black against white.
– Roland S. Martin, 360° Contributor
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