To my fellow race-baiters ....
Some of you, who shall remain nameless, are giving us a bad name! Stating that the crowd is 'racist' for cheering Dani instead of Venus is .. I want to be gentle here ... really fuckin' stupid. This wasn't Indian Wells guys. Crowds are ALLOWED to choose sides. That's part of sports. And you know what? If they were cheering for Dani cause she's white, that's just fine with me.
When you get down to it, they were criticizing the linesman.
Were they rude? Sure. Inconsiderate? Totally.
Did they boo Venus at the end, or give here a big long round of applause?
The term 'racist' implies the crowd somehow though less of Venus becuase she's Black, and more of Dani because she's White. I've seen no evidence of that. The crowd may well have SIDED with Dani cause she's White, but I've said it before and I'll say it again. You can be PRO anyone you want, for whatever reason you want, and it's fine with me. It's when you start rooting AGAINST people because of skin color or religion or gender that I have a problem.
Why don't we save accusing people of 'racism' for times when we at least are willing to make a detailed case for the accusation, backed up by facts?
"She looks like me, I'll root for her" is not a line of reasoning I find offensive. Short-sighted? Yes. Offensive? Please.
Save it for when it means something and I've got your back. But this crowd thing is trivial. Venus can go home and count her Nike money, and decide for herself if 40 million dollars is worth having bodyguards and the crowd always cheer the white girl. Somehow, I figure she shows up for the semis.
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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.