Re: BUd Collins, Althea Gibson, and an FCC moment
Was catching a radio interview with Bud Collins earlier today. Re Althea Gibson, he said the same thing Richard Williams did
. "They should have done this when she was alive." However, what really struck me was his quote of the man who played and won the mixed title at the US (I think) with Gibson. That was (I think) Kurt Neilsen. Collins apparently interviewed him recently.
Now remember, I'm in the car, listening to the radio. And Collins is telling the story, quoting Neilsen.
"Now you have to remember, I lived in Miami. SO when I got back how, people asked, 'why did you play with that ******', and I replied, I didn't play with a ******. I played with a wonderful young lady and a great champion.'
God love Bud Collins. He had no need to apologize for his language, or qualify his speech. He quoted the guy, profanity and all, probably with no thought at all to FCC restrictions. SO why can he use that kind of language, and it isn't offensive, when with so many people it would be? a) he said in a discussion of the racism Gibson faced in tennis. b) The dude doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.