Monday, December 27, 2004

Reggie White

It's very sad when anyone dies, especially so young. But it really annoys me sometimes when people die and everyone can't stop talking about what a great person they were, even if they weren't. I didn't know Reggie White, maybe he was a great guy, he was certainly a great football player, but let's not forget, this guy was an enormous homophobe, and he also gave a speech once, the point of which seemed to be to cram as many racial sterotypes as possible, but at the same time trying to pretend they are compliments.

When you look at the black race, black people are very gifted in what we call worship and celebration. A lot of us like to dance, and if you go to black churches, you see people jumping up and down, because they really get into it. White people were blessed with the gift of structure and organization. You guys do a good job of building businesses and things of that nature and you know how to tap into money pretty much better than a lot of people do around the world. Hispanics are gifted in family structure. You can see a Hispanic person and they can put 20 or 30 people in one home. They were gifted in the family structure. When you look at the Asians, the Asian is very gifted in creation, creativity and inventions. If you go to Japan or any Asian country, they can turn a television into a watch. They're very creative. And you look at the Indians, they have been very gifted in the spirituality.

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Ace Cowboy said...

Crap! I had a whole long post and accidentally erased it. Well, to paraphrase myself: I agree with your thesis, but I think it's customary to let all the good things be said first, and when the person is laid to rest, then it's safe to point out the faults of the deceased. That's what happened with Reagan, most recently, and it's safe to say that Reggie White about as important to this country's history as the Gipper.

Anyway, that speech is classic...Reggie reeled off minority after minority, almost like it was an SNL skit or something. The looks on the lawmakers' faces must have been priceless. Guy wins them a Super Bowl then just lets the whites and gays and Asians have it. I have read, though, that making those remarks was Reggie's biggest regret in life, so that's something to be said in his favor I guess.

John Howard said...

I don't mind saying good things about a person who dies, but just dont make them out to be something they weren't. I don't remember anything about him regretting his comments, I'll have to look that up. But even if he did, he was still a first-class homophobic bigot.