San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is becoming increasingly grumpy.
The surly coach has a long history of being a man of few words.
But since the election of Donald Trump, Popovich can’t seem to shut up, and he’s once again ranting from his high horse.
In discussing the importance of Black History Month, Popovich said: “We live in a racist country.”
From Sports Illustrated:
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says it is important to celebrate Black History Month even though “we live in a racist country.”
Popovich made the comments before San Antonio’s game against Utah on Monday.
“I think it’s pretty obvious,” Popovich said. “The league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor [Black History Month] and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that? But more importantly, we live in a racist country that hasn’t figured it out yet. And it’s always important to bring attention to it, even if it angers some people. The point is that you have to keep it in front of everybody’s nose so that they understand it, that it still hasn’t been taken care of, and we have a lot of work to do.”
Popovich has been a longtime critic of President Donald Trump, including calling him a “soulless coward” and also reiterated his stance of how there is still prevalent social injustice and racism in the United States.
“If you were born white, you automatically have a monstrous advantage educationally, economically, culturally in this society,” Popovich said. “And all the systemic roadblocks that exist, whether it’s in a judicial sense, a neighborhood sense with laws, zoning, education — we have huge problems in that regard that are very complicated, but take leadership, time and real concern to try to solve. It’s a tough one because people don’t really want to face it. And it’s in our national discourse.”
Racism obviously exists, but to suggest America is a racist country is preposterous. Arguably no other country on the planet has done as good of a job integrating people from various ethnicities and belief systems.
The systemic racism Popovich talks about has essentially been eradicated. The most pernicious and pervasive form of racism that exists today comes from the likes of Popovich; his statements suggest that black people are inherently disadvantaged and “less than.”
The biggest obstacle for black people (or poor people of any color) today are the left-wing policies that people like Popovich espouse, which keep people trapped in poverty.
Burdensome regulations, high taxes, failing public schools controlled by an ever-expanding administrative bureaucracy, and high crime rates are problems caused by leftist policies that continue to fail.