Skip to comments.Bryant Gumbel goes racist
Posted on 02/17/2006 2:47:09 AM PST by beaversmom
Here's a riddle: So if it takes Rush Limbaugh a full week to be booted from ESPN for rather nebulous comments at best about black quarterbacks in the NFL, how many times can Bryant Gumbel incite direct racially based "playa hatin" before he gets a slap on the wrist?
Sorry, I now recognize that is a rhetorical question with no known answer. But doesn't it just rub somebody wrong somewhere that Gumbel can echo the thoughts of Hitler and someone barely notices, while fellow broadcasters say far less and receive merciless verbal beatings?
What did he say?
Well for starters he implied that Olympic athletes competing for the medals at the Winter Games shouldn't truly be considered great because not enough of them are black.
But didn't the former Nazi supreme commander used to think of black athletes as superior as well? At least in physical prowess? Sure, he believed they were subhuman, but in reality, he feared a black man's athletic abilities.
Now Gumbel draws a comparison to athletes of other races and assumes, speculates and advances the argument that blacks are in fact superior athletes. Of course, its complete idiocy but don't tell Emperor Gumbel.
Not that American blacks are drawn to winter sports necessarily, nor do they have to be, nor should they be. The wonderful thing about American culture is that we pretty much get to decide growing up if we would rather kick a soccer ball, throw a football, hit a baseball, or fly through the air on a snowboard it's up to us. Tim Meadows' old skit on "Saturday Night Live" illustrated this well when he portrayed the lone black man in America who had to have his African-American hockey fix.
Of course, Gumbel's comment was a two-sided jab. And while he attempted to make humor about how much he personally as a tolerant black man has no tolerance for "whitey's games," the real backhand is the jab he took at conservatives. Gumbel again fell prey to a classic fallacy about which liberal black elites are in harsh denial.
More blacks are associating with conservatives now than at any time in history since the end of the American Civil War. (At that time, blacks consistently voted Republican until the Democrats founded the KKK and intimidated them into a voting block used for the Democrats' purposes.)
Gumbel may not speak to average blacks very often from his ebony tower, as he looks down his nose upon the rest of the world. But I do. In New York City, my radio talk-show's audience is roughly 60 percent African American, with numbers of friends telling friends every day.
Gumbel may grumble about the percentage of blacks playing sports at the Winter Games, but what he should be concerned about is why seven out of 10 pregnancies in the black community occur in illegitimacy. And why a higher percentage of those end in abortion than all other ethnicities combined. Maybe Gumbel could explain the effect Planned Parenthood has had on the depletion of the African-American community through its strategic targeting of black neighborhoods. Maybe Gumbel could offer an explanation on why, in doing so, the black population in America is in actual decline. Maybe he could, but I doubt he will.
Of course, Gumbel is not alone. His accomplices in the media cover for him and every other liberal foible because it's not a mistake if a liberal does it. Meanwhile, if Rush Limbaugh makes an observation about black quarterbacks, he's verbally executed for it in a community that supposedly opposes capital punishment.
And while we're at it, I wonder if Gumbel views the U.S. troops who fight for our freedoms with the same amount of disdain as he does the U.S. Olympic team? After all, both groups are fighting for the qualities and values Americans believe in.
Then again, we wouldn't want to tax Gumbel's paucity of thought on the matter.
(And stay tuned next week when Gumbel unveils his new "Olympic Affirmative Action" plan for desegregating the sport of curling.)
Kevin McCullough is heard daily in New York City, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and New Jersey on WMCA 570/970 from 2-5 p.m. He blogs at muscleheadrevolution.com.
LOL--I'm a slightly overcast person myself.
The Puffy Shirt Seinfeld episode is the only one I can't watch.
Bryant Gumbel is too white.
By the way, I am sure our olympic committee would just love all the top black skiers and skaters to join the team. We seem to have one or two on our summer olympic team. Maybe it's just those winter folks who are racist.
Uhhhh, Bryant, there is a paucity of black athletes in the Olympics because they're already in pro sports, going after the money instead of the going after the sport, for the love of the sport. Oooops! I sounded just like Bryant Gumbel. Except what I said was the truth.
I read the article in a hurry so I might have missed it, but isn't his wife or girlfriend (or both) white?
When I heard this last night, I said to myself, uuh, who the heck cares what Bryant Gumball has to say. The real question might be asked of Bryant. How in holy hell do you have a clue what a Republican Convention might look you pompous black ba$tard, but then I thought maybe it would be in poor taste to sink to his level of name calling.
No and no. Hitler thought that his Aryan ubermenchen would kick the arse of the American team in the '36 Olympics, until Jesse Owens and his teammates proved him wrong. Hitler stormed out of the Olympic stadium in a cold fury and always believed the American victories were a fluke.
I met Jesse Owens about 1960. Great and humble man.
HUH? The segment had zero to do with race, and THAT'S the first question you come up with? Shows where his mind's at.
I think someone must've called him a "Tom" years ago, and he's convinced he has to prove he's still "black enough" ever since.
Someone replied to a similar thread on Gum Ball's stupid statement the other day....to the effect of '...so what, the Summer Olympics look like the ANC...'.
So Bryant, WTF's your point?
Even a not-so-bright guy like you must be able to figure that out.
OOPS that sure would mean alot of NBA and MLB blacks would become unemployed!!! (SNICKER).
Well they could move to North Dakota and learn all those winter sports skills and could then play in the NHL or compete in the Winter Olympics.
I guess I haven't been paying attention to that. My question is: when has he not been a freekin maroon?
"White people love Wayne Brady, because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X."
-Paul Mooney as Negrodamus on Chappelle's Show.
Folks, am I mistaken, or did we not send a basketball team to the summer Olympics a few years ago that was either all black or all black save one player, and it got CREAMED by predominantly white European and Hispanic Latin American teams???
Does anyone see the irony in this?
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