Obama's election opens debate in sports

Obama's election opens debate in sports

There are 21 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 8, 2008, titled Obama's election opens debate in sports. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

We've reached another point in the nation's evolution where we try to explain the inexplicable, make sense of something that once seemed impossible.

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Mr Football

Baltimore, MD

#1 Nov 8, 2008
Go figure, another Steele article about race.
bhster

Baltimore, MD

#2 Nov 8, 2008
Interesting feature, David Steele. I didn't vote for Obama but now that he's our President I'll support him and I hope and pray he's as qualified for the job as those who voted for him think he is. I chose the candidate who I thought had the most experience for the job and who was literally battle-tested. It had nothing to do with race whatsoever. Now that Obama has been elected, it should be a good thing for the USA because it does prove that, regardless of your race, you can succeed at anything if you try hard enough in 2008 and beyond. No more whining about not getting a fair shot at life because of the color of your skin or your gender. That may have been true as recently as 30 years ago, but it's not true any more.
Robert Holden

Bayville, NY

#3 Nov 8, 2008
Is this the op/ed section...or the sports section? And Obama is no Jackie Robinson....who didn't leave his family in poverty and offer apologies for being American....please stick to sports...and remember too...there were probably athelets who voted for McCain...but you won't see it in the sunpapers.
What the F___

Silver Spring, MD

#4 Nov 8, 2008
Hey David, how does it make you feel that your boy Obama was raised by a WHITE grandmother, and his mom is WHITE.

Sucks, doesn't it? That's right, he's not really African American. How do you like them apples?(or bananas, in your case)
Thomas

Dundalk, MD

#5 Nov 8, 2008
Is this the end of affirmative action, business quotas and BET? Probably not. The hacks and goons and guilty-ridden white political panderers will still find away to keep the playing field uneven.

Would everyone be calling Obama black if he had lighter skin? What happened to bi-racial? I guess pretending like he's 100% black fits into their agenda better. Maybe it gives blacks more of a reason to celebrate.

Whatever the politics, it is historical and I wish him well. I hope for the nation's sake he governs from the center. if not, he's gone in 4 years.

Since: Sep 07

Midlothian, Virginia

#6 Nov 8, 2008
David, this is the sports section, but, if you really want to split hairs, let's do so. Obama is half white and half black. Tiger Woods is half Asian and Half Black. Jackie Robinson was pure black.

This is about mullatos making it big in politics. He's the nation's first mullato president - this was a victory for mullatos.

Since: Sep 07

Midlothian, Virginia

#7 Nov 8, 2008
Like many mixed race children with a white mother and an absentee black father, we have to thank the white grand parents for raising him in a sane and rational environment so he could grow up and embrace his african heritage and claim to be more black than white. If that doesn't tell you what an ungrateful tool the guy is, not much else will.

NOW STICK TO WRITING SPORTS OR SWITCH VOCATIONS. HE'S NOT EVERYONE'S PERSONAL GOD.
TommyBob

Frederick, MD

#8 Nov 8, 2008
Your persistent racial overtones are the primary reasons I no longer subscribe to your paper. You should understand that constantly pointing out the "significance" of achievements by African Americans devalues their accomplishments and does them a disservice. I would think that Obama, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall would rather be remembered for what they achieived based on their intellect and efforts, not because they were black. Racism will persist in this country as long as people like you are around always pointing out the difference between black and white.
Jman

Baltimore, MD

#9 Nov 8, 2008
You people are so angry and yeah, you are racist. Before you launch into a tirade, I am white. Go Obama. His election is historic and what this country needed. Demean it all you want, but he is your president for the next four years. By the way, where's your respect for the office of the president? Where is your patriotism? Guess patriotism only counts when it follows your politics. Hypocrites! You all are probably of the breed that voted twice for Bush and now say he is a liberal (and thus, will not own up to the past eight years).

Good article Steele.
WDD

Waldorf, MD

#10 Nov 8, 2008
I can't wait for all the liberals to cry racism in the media the first time Presient Obama is criticized on his performance. And don't worry it will happen.
Critter

Glen Burnie, MD

#11 Nov 8, 2008
Jman,

You hit the nail on the head.

Motorhead Fan,

Mullatos?? Don't you know that the vast majority of African-Americans in the US have a significant portion of their DNA contributed by a white slave owner somewhere in the past? Therefore, almost all Afrinca-Americans, by your definition, should be called mullatos.

Though you don't explicitly state it, your posts are nothing but pure racism, IMO.

WDD,

Your message, just as Motorhead Fan's messages, is also nothing but pure racism.
Chris

Ewa Beach, HI

#12 Nov 8, 2008
Why is it that every person against Obama when he was running rushed to call him black (or even Arab in some cases), but now that he's elected the same people rush to say, "He's half white!"? Steele writes an article about how the connection between the race barriers being broken in sports and the barrier being broken in the White House and you people (that right I said you people and I mean you racists) come out and tell him to stick to sports. You idiots, he wrote a sports related article, did you even bother to read it?

Great article Steele, keep it up.

And in case you're wondering, yes, I'm white and I live in Hawaii. People like Motorhead Fan (and I love Motorhead too, stop giving them a bad name) will never understand because they've never been on the flip side of the coin. Racism still exists, whether you choose to simultaneously ignore it and promote it or not.
Sparky

Lutherville Timonium, MD

#13 Nov 8, 2008
One question: If the election had gone the other way, would Steele have put aside his anger, done his job and interviewed female athletes about the significance of Sarah Palin's vice presidency? The answer to that question tells you all you need to know about him, as a man and as a journalist.
WDD

Waldorf, MD

#14 Nov 8, 2008
Hey Critter, thank you for proving my point. He is only one man, and he is not our savior so the only way to overcome racism is to treat people equally regardless of race. Maybe now that they (media) got their man elected, they will treat him as such.
Chris

Ewa Beach, HI

#15 Nov 8, 2008
Sparky, I fail to see the anger you speak of in this article. And we don't know "the answer," because other than in your hypothesis, that didn't happen. Your statement is based on your own ignorant assumption and implication that Steele is a racist, when in fact, your implication of this based on an article celebrating an important moment in world history only proves the saying that for every finger you point, three are pointing back at yourself. You can be free to criticize, but please, base your criticisms on facts and not half-a$$ed propositions.
Chris

Ewa Beach, HI

#16 Nov 8, 2008
Critter,

I would argue that the term Mulatto in itself is offensive. I'm not for over-PC-ization (and yes, I realize that is not a word, but you get the meaning), but Mulatto is a term that was meant to imply less than human status by incorporating a certain animalization into itself. The term's use is generally by people of a passing generation and ideology. Bi-racial or even mixed race are terms that state as fact, without bias, the lineage of a person of different ethnic backgrounds.

I do agree though with your assessment of the situation in general.
phish

Baltimore, MD

#17 Nov 8, 2008
Chris wrote:
Sparky, I fail to see the anger you speak of in this article. And we don't know "the answer," because other than in your hypothesis, that didn't happen. Your statement is based on your own ignorant assumption and implication that Steele is a racist, when in fact, your implication of this based on an article celebrating an important moment in world history only proves the saying that for every finger you point, three are pointing back at yourself. You can be free to criticize, but please, base your criticisms on facts and not half-a$$ed propositions.
Chris, Steele has proven his racism long before this article.
Bud Weiser

Towson, MD

#18 Nov 8, 2008
Mr Football wrote:
Go figure, another Steele article about race.
Once again demonstrating that he is nothing but an affirmative action hire.
Joe G

Mount Laurel, NJ

#19 Nov 8, 2008
Look at all the powerless, angry rednecks crying and lashing out. Too bad these "Joe the Cracker" morons aren't smart enough to understand that Obama is the man looking out for their best interests and not John "tax cuts for the rich solves everything!(except when it doesn't)" McCain.
WDD

Waldorf, MD

#20 Nov 9, 2008
Joe, are you stupid enough to think any politician is "looking out for our best interests", I mean what are you 15? Politicians will do and say anything to get elected, and then they tell everyone do as I say not as I do. The government and their infinite layers of bureaucracy are the cause of our current economic crisis, and they are not looking out for our best interests. Any by the way, both parties are to blame it's just that people vote for the lesser of two evils, be it Republican or Democrat. Sincerely, a powerless angry redneck who wonders where my money goes when it gets it Washington.

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