Ugly Racism - over?
Ugly Racism - over?
The days of Jackie Robinson and the abuse that he suffered because of his color are over.
Really? The current generation has come a long way in the US since the 40's and 50's. I don't think there is anyone who feels that anyone should take the reported verbal abuse ascribed to Miami Dolphin NFL player, Richie Igcognito. Jonathan Martin has left the Miami Dolphins and Igconito has been suspended.
Incognitos alledgedly said the following :
" Hey, wassup, you half n-----piece of s----I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks (I want to) s--- in your f---ing mouth. (I'm going to) slap your f---ing mouth. (I'm going to ) slap your real mother across the face (laughter). F-- you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you.
This was allegedly recorded in 2013.
Jonathan Martin, a teammate of Incognito, is from the LA area. His love for the game evidently does not include taking this kind of verbal abuse in 2013.
He attended a prestigious private secondary school (Harvard Westlake) in the LA area which has a diverse student body and teaching staff. Both parents are graduates of Harvard University. Jonathan attended Stanford.
Jonathan has not shared his reasons for leaving the team. Incognito has apologized for what he considers to be part of the hazing process for 'rookies' in the NFL. As of today, he has been suspended.
Minorities and women of today should not have to be subjected to the (unacceptable) racial slurs of the past.
What a shame. Martin was a second round draft pick out of Stanford. He was also a standout football star for Harvard Westlake.
Jonathan Martin, with a solid academic background, evidently has chosen to seek his path in life excluding pro football.
Incognito's academic background does not indicate that he may have a similar life choice without football.
It appears that two young men with physical skill may be denied a career in football because of an issue which includes racism.
Hazing in various organizations continues. Hazing is a polite word for bullying. While we are helping our young people to stop 'bullying' - what should we do about hazing? Hazing does exist in our public schools. Most adults have experienced some form of hazing. What is a principled approach to this problem? Is the use of racial slurs acceptable?