Posts Tagged ‘general stupidity’
Call it the Sports Edition. Adrian Peterson on the NFL’s labor issues and lockout:
It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it’s how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey — without us, there’s no football.’
Now that I’ve read the whole quote, I really, really want to extend him the benefit of the….nope, can’t do it. Because there’s a hundred different directions he could’ve gone to communicate the same message without equating it to slavery-”modern-day” or otherwise. You say “slavery” these days, and child labors/soldiers and human trafficking comes to mind…not million(billion?)aire athletes.
This from a man known as “Purple Jesus.” That’s a whole other blog post.
“In interviews Barbour doesn’t have much to say about growing up in the midst of the civil rights revolution. ‘I just don’t remember it as being that bad,’ he said. ‘I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in ’62. He spoke out at the old fairground and it was full of people, black and white.’”
I get what he was trying to say. And last night, I tried to make the point that he was speaking from his vantage point in his home growing up. I get that.
However, upon further review…stupid.
Scratch Barbour off the presidential contender list, because this statement will be hung around him like a two-ton ball and chain. Anyone who thinks they can make a statement like this, and expect to win an election against an incumbent black president needs to have their head examined.
As I keep saying, we’re our own worst enemy at times. Damn shame.