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Thursday, April 12 

Required Reading

If you don't read anything else today, read this column by Jason Whitlock in the Kansas City Star
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.

Somehow, we’re supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgers’ wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.

But an hour long press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.
Seriously. Forgo whatever else you had planned for the next half hour and read the entire thing. Then remind yourself that the columnist is black.

I'll have more on my take on race in this country later tonight or possibly tomorrow. In the mean time, read. the. column.

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