Relax, Everyone. Sports Is a 'Colorblind Meritocracy' Because NBA Exec Bob Myers Says So

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers talks with reporters at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Friday, June 14, 2019, in Oakland, Calif.
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers talks with reporters at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility Friday, June 14, 2019, in Oakland, Calif.
Photo: Janie McCauley (AP Photo)

After ignoring our plight for decades, suddenly white people are tripping over themselves to prove that they actually give a shit about black folks. We’ve seen NFL quarterbacks exposed as either blatantly racist or denounced for racial insensitivity, companies like CrossFit have turned into dumpster fires and plenty of other instances where white folks seem hell-bent on devouring their own.

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But while The Awakening is long overdue. We still have Get Out cast members like Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio—who “doesn’t see racism” in the same league that has a whole-ass policy in place just so that black folks can even get hired—and Bob Myers, who took a break from running the Golden State Warriors into the ground to utter some foolishness on Monday.

During a conference call with reporters, Mark Medina of USA Today reports that Myers provided the following statement in response to the death of George Floyd: “I hope sports can heal. One of my favorite parts of sports is it’s color blind and a meritocracy of sorts. You don’t get judged by how you look. You get judged by how you perform.”

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The only thing white people love more than the word “meritocracy” is either gentrification or Seinfeld reruns. But the irony in Myers’ statement is that it completely invalidates the experiences of the same black players who just won his ass three championships. As well as people like Jackie Robinson, who most notably broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball; Bill Russell, who endured all kinds of racist bullshit throughout his career; and Brescia striker Mario Balotelli, who was pummeled with monkey chants back in November.

So understandably, Twitter was less than pleased with this “color-blind” bullshit.

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Ummm, yeah. This ain’t it, Bob.

Though sadly, it’s a foregone conclusion that the emotional labor required to properly resolve this issue will most likely fall on a black person. Because last I checked, we’ve been cleaning up messes we didn’t even create for over 400 years now.

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So if this is what “allyship” will look like in our brand spanking new post-racial society, please keep this bullshit to yourselves. “Not seeing color” doesn’t make you an ally, it makes you a coward.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.

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DISCUSSION

Sports are colorblind? Exactly how many black general managers or in the front office positions? How many black owners of sports team is there? Heck most of the referees, umpires and game officials are white.

White people, especially white men need to just keep quiet and listen and learn because this situation is not about you, its because of you.