Here’s an excellent sports-related article by Ta-Nehisi Coates in the latest issue of the Atlantic that everyone should read: Fear of a Black President.
Coates presents a compelling history of white supremacy in America that makes it especially easy to see “the thoroughly racialized backlash to Obama’s presidency” as coming from the same place as the backlash faced by the anti-Chief Wahoo crowd.
“What we are now witnessing is not some new and complicated expression of white racism,” Coates explains. “Rather, it’s the dying embers of the same old racism that once rendered the best pickings of America the exclusive province of unblackness.”
The whole thing is a comprehensive, concise, and especially enlightening reminder of how far a nation has come, how far it has to go, and how hard evolution can be so go read it or print it out to read later or whatever.
In more specific Wahoo-related news, the Indians have made it clear that by the time the Browns finish their season in January, it will have been seven consecutive MLB, NFL and NBA seasons that a Cleveland team has failed to finish with a winning record since LeBron left town in July 2010. At that point we’ll be left to count on the 2013 Browns, Indians or Cavs to keep the streak from reaching double digits.
Alright. Nothing more on Friday’s Browns game that we didn’t cover on Saturday other than an as yet unconfirmed report that a fan was kicked out of the Stadium for “standing during the end of [the Browns] TD drive in the 3rd quarter.” We should have a really fun post up tomorrow, and Cheddar Bay Reality Football 2012 will kick off this Wednesday with rules and instructions to be posted then. Hope everyone’s week gets off to a decent start in the meantime.