Tuesday, November 14, 2006

B!@#$ Slap

While seemingly able to avoid negative press for a couple of years, it appears Bobby Knight, coach of the Texas Tech basketball team, is the center of attention in college basketball yet again. This is after slapping forward Michael Prince in the chin for avoiding eye contact. Knight is famous for his temper and antics, so it was inevitable that he was going to find the controversy spotlight yet again. In today's era, where seemingly the only people allowed to touch children are the parents themselves, this is against the rules. Perhaps in the early 20th century this was the norm, but it is what it is. I'm sure people have differening opinions on exactly how grave of an offense this was, and how severe the punishment should be.

All that being said, I am happy about one thing: the fact that Michael Prince is white. I don't have the patience for the liberal media running to attribute any action against an African American by a caucasian to race. Not everything is about the color of your skin. People are allowed to act against another person because that is their nature to do so and not necessarily because of the skin color of the other person. Plus, would it be a race thing if a black coach smacked a white player? It's just as much a race issue in that case (which, I agree, is minimal), but you won't hear anyone screaming chai v'kayam about that. You don't hear much about the fact that John Thompson, coach of Georgetown for over 26 years, rarely had a white kid on his team. Listen: racism is real, and it, unfortunately, still is present. That being said, I believe there is a tendency to assume that any negative interactions between a white and a black is due to the colors of their skin.

There's no question that what Bobby Knight did was out of line. The bottom line is that he's a schmuck. But, he's a equal opportunity schmuck, and I'm glad the kid was white so I don't need to rant about this stuff. Oh wait, I just did.

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