Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why the NCAA Must Pull The Final Four From Indiana

As an avid baseball fan when I was a wee sprout, I followed a few select teams, GO CUBS!  Most of the sports history Keith Olbermann talks about I had no clue about.  He lays down a fantastic logical argument why major league sports needs to take a front row seat in this fight for LGBT equality. 

Society as a whole, plays catch up to the more progressive elements who are the vanguard to sweeping social change.  White folks going to the Cotton Club to listen to jazz that cant be heard any other place other than Black clubs due to Jim Crow laws.  The military desegregating ending the days of the "Buffalo Troops".  And a baseball team brave enough to hire the first major league African American player, hero Jackie Robinson.

In the late '60s the ballerina Raven Wilkinson faced harsh racism while the Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo toured the southern states that she had to leave the company for safety reasons.  Imagine being horrified that one of the dancers was Black.  I don't know about you, but there is no way for me to understand this extreme racism. 

Sit back and listen to him weave a web of logic that underscores just how backwards the right is.


  1. All of the NCAA's statements re: Indiana have been of the 'We don't like this' kind, while never once really addressing the situation.
    I get that it would cost a lot, and they would lose a lot, from moving the games, but, you know, sometimes doing what's right costs a little bit up front but makes a whole lotta sense when you do it.

  2. I want the basketball games AND the indy 500 removed RIGHT NOW!

  3. I don't think you're going to see these events cancelled or moved, especially the Indy 500. The Hulman family own the speedway and the IndyCar series.

    I think this is a time when athletes participating in these events are the ones who have to take the lead and boycott them.

  4. Hulman was in talks today with Pence and the IN GOP trying to write the "clarification" law. Word is, they couldn't agree on the language.

    I think Indiana has a tough row to hoe here. Short of specific, civil rights language adding LGBTQ as a protected class, AND revamping this law, they're on a world of economic hurt.

    Surprisingly, Hutchison in Arkansas figured it out, though he didn't admit to that until the last minute - the bill was on his desk. His son even signed a petition against it, and discussed it with him.

    WTF is wrong with these people?!?!
    "Didn't see it coming"?!?! What the heck did you THINK the response would be in 2015, just as we're about to get marriage rights!

    Peace <3