I'm not a basketball fan or a Hawkeye fan or a sports fan in general. What I am is someone who does not play when it comes to racism and its inherent hypocrisy.
This weekend's play off game between Iowa & LSU was a hard fought battle between two talented teams and two extremely talented college athletes. Yet, it has been overshadowed by avalanche of vitriol towards Angela Reese for her "you can't see me" hand at Caitlin Clark.
What's ironic is that the barrage of words like classless, unprofessional, ghetto, and worse thrown at Reese is due to utilizing a gesture that Caitlin Clark pulled previously in a game against Louisville. Clark's "you can't seem me" was celebrated by fans and John Cena. Yet, here we are, tearing down a strong, Black woman for doing the same.
I think it's time the white people of Iowa, and those lock-stepping with them, start looking hard and deep into why reactions towards white athletes and black athletes is almost always the polar opposite. If you don't see the inherent racism, then you're choosing not to.
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