5.12.2005

stevie nash, the mvp, and the race card

hello blog reader. i'll greet you with the usual apology after i take a long hiatus from blogging. and also, as usual, i'll offer a litany of somewhat lame excuses. i actually cuaght some flu bug, and i was out of commission for a few days of the beginning of the week. i've also been busy trying to keep my head above water in school, which i barely am, and i've been busy in other ways as well. anyways, water under the bridge, back to blogging.

steve nash, formerly of my beloved dallas mavericks, now of the phoenix suns won the NBA's MVP award this week in the fourth closest vote in league history. he beat by a slim margin, my favorite player, shaq-fu. as you can imagine with any close vote, there was lots of controversey as to why steve nash won. but dan le batard of the miami herald wrote an interesting piece (login required, use bugmenot.com for a login and password) that suggested race might be one of the reasons why nash won. the piece merely suggests that race was one of the factors, but as you can imagine the reaction by his peers and other basketball vip's was that batard had singled out race as the deciding factor in the MVP voting. for a really good recap of what everyone is saying, read jason whitlock's espn page 2 column on the matter. he basically says everything that i want to say, so i won't necessarily rehash them again, but just a couple of things to add. the reaction to batard's piece is further evidence that the discourse of sports is one of racial assimilation or of colorblindness. in other words, the people in charge of creating the discourse about race have deemed it verboten to talk about race because doing so would be considered racist.

however, in reality, not talking about race, in an arena where the effect of and the effects on race are so obvious is what's really racist. the identity politics that these so called colorblind advocates accuse anyone who even mentions race, is actually something that they're guilty of. you see, there can't be any middle ground for these people in the discussion of race. any attempt to bring it up will cause you to be labeled as a racist, and inevitably you will suffer some sanctions. we've seen this alot with television, with rush limbaugh, al campanis and the like. i don't think that le batard will be sanctioned necessarily anymore than he already has. after all, he is a sports columnist, it's his job to write about these kinds of things. but he has bore some harsh criticism from the likes of people like charles barkley.

now keep in mind, although i think shaq should have won, i can totally accept steve nash as the mvp. in fact, i've gone on record several times as proclaiming my love for the wild haired canadian. he had a fantastic season, and you can make the argument either way as to who should have won. what i disagree with is how race gets kicked to the curb in this conversation simply by dismissing those who attempt to start a dialogue as wackos. the word that the round mound of sound used to describe le batard's column is "assinine". which is exactly what it is when someone can't even sugest that race somehow has an effect how people in this country feel, think, and act, without being labeled as a troublemaker...in otherwords, that's assininely racist, sucka!

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