Sports are now politicized along with science, education, pronouns and even the weather.
Political Football . . . .
The Politicization of Sports in America
By: George Noga – November 15, 2020
In my youth I faithfully listened on the radio to the baseball game of the day with Dizzy Dean and Buddy Blattner. I even listened to all the broadcasts of our local “Class D” minor league team, including (surreptitiously) night games when I was supposed to be asleep. I was a loyal fan of our state NFL teams. Later in life, I had season tickets for many years to our local NBA team – the Orlando Magic. Because of the politicization of professional sports (except golf – so far), I no longer will watch any of them or even read about them in the newspaper. They have lost me for life.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way little else does. It speaks to youth in language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of discrimination.”
The above words were spoken by Nelson Mandela at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, where the all white South African team was competing for a world title. He was trying to heal his country; after being incarcerated for 25 years, he saw sports as an antidote to racial bias and animus. Today, the hard left, along with its camp followers and useful idiots in the media, is using sports to promote racial division. They are using Black Lives Matter and political correctness to sow dysfunction. Instead of using sports to unite and to bridge racial divides, as Mandela so eloquently did, they are using sports to politicize, to radicalize and to divide Americans.
Women’s sports have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.
Sports generally have been a positive force for racial comity beginning with Jesse Owens, Joe Lewis and Jackie Robinson – all of whom became American icons and heroes. Today they are being replaced by LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick, who openly disrespect our flag and our national anthem. Under the cloak of wokeness, professional sports is paying obeisance to BLM by displaying political slogans on uniforms, on the courts and fields and even by playing the BLM anthem. It has become impossible simply to watch games without constant in-your-face politics.
Death Knell for Women’s Sports
Politicization of sports has impacted women the most. Women’s sports are tainted due to political correctness and transgenderism. Politicization of male athletes is mostly limited to a few professional sports and has not yet infiltrated high school or college. All women’s sports, professional, amateur, high school and college, are transformed by transgender women (born male), who are winning most events. From age 15 onward, girls are unable to compete – due entirely to politicization and political correctness.
Transgender women out compete biological women due to much higher testosterone. But if non-transgender women take testosterone injections to level the playing field, in a Catch-22 situation, they are disqualified for taking performance enhancing drugs. In another Catch-22, putting transgender women on testosterone blockers is considered a human rights violation. We have sacrificed women’s sports on the altar of political correctness, which dictates that male and female are merely social constructs.
Americans turn to sports to escape the fever of daily life and that specifically includes politics. We do not watch sports to be indoctrinated in the latest PC or BLM diktat. Sports fans want to watch the game, not a discourse about systemic racism from rich, coddled athletes. Like Nelson Mandela, Americans of good faith believe sports should unite people and that it laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.
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