The NBA is rebounding from a disastrous conclusion to the 2020 season.
The league experienced a drastic ratings decline in light of its full embrace of “woke” politics.
Now one anti-Trump coach said something that will have you rolling your eyes.
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy is one of the more politically outspoken coaches in the league.
He doesn’t constantly run his mouth like leftist coaches Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, but he pipes up on politics enough to be obnoxious.
During a recent ESPN interview, Van Gundy slammed all white people as being racist and repented for his sin of white privilege.
Van Gundy said, “We’re the ones that are racist…It’s a white person’s problem that affects people of color, and so we’re the ones who have to change…Certainly, you want to promote Black voices, right? But if they’re the only ones speaking out, a lot of people just push it aside. There needs to be people saying, ‘No, wait a minute. This is wrong, and we need to correct these things.’”
Van Gundy is parroting the dogma of “woke” books like Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” and Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist.”
DiAngelo essentially argues that whiteness is an original sin, and all white people are racist.
Kendi argues that society must actively discriminate by race in order to achieve “antiracism,” which is a fancy term for equitable outcomes based on race; this is essentially the principles of Marxism applied to race.
Van Gundy continued:
“I’m a poster boy for white privilege…I’ve led a privileged life, so I only know about these issues, and these problems, and these inequities from people I’ve been associated with, work with, know, care about. I don’t carry the issue. But just because something doesn’t happen to you, if it’s happening to people you know, if it’s happening to people you care about, you care about the issue.”
It costs Van Gundy nothing to virtue-signal by confessing his white privilege.
Meanwhile, he still has one of 30 coveted jobs in the NBA.
And as is the case with everyone in the “woke” tribe, they don’t provide any solutions to any supposed problems.
The goal is to get people to comply with the narrative.
Once that happens, they can be nudged in any direction.
Van Gundy concluded by argument that poor white still have privilege:
“They don’t have money…They’re working their ass off just to get by, and they’re like, ‘What the hell are you talking about? There’s no such thing as white…I’m not privileged.’ You may not have an easy life, but you’re not oppressed simply because of the color of your skin. That’s the difference. I’m not going to get pulled over driving around at night, I’m not, just because of the color of my skin. I’m not going to get a DWB [Driving While Black], I’m not. That’s white privilege.”
This is a ridiculous argument.
It’s how progressives try to credibly argue that someone like LeBron James is oppressed, but a poor day laborer in Appalachia has privilege.
Also, studies on suspects being pulled over showed that police stops are highly correlated with behavior such as speeding.
Van Gundy’s interview showed exactly fans were annoyed with the insipid political hot takes and displays.