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White Conservative Football Coaches Are Our Greatest Civil Rights Scholars

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Above: A man who believed precisely what contemporary white conservatives happen to think on a given day

Only conservative whites truly understand noted conservative Martin Luther King, Jr. The greatest of these civil rights scholars are members of the white football establishment. And in the end, what do poseurs like Taylor Branch or Clayborne Carson have on Dabo Swinney? Dabo decided to use his brilliance to deliver his own hot take on Colin Kaepernick.

However, the Pelham, Alabama, native, went deeper and cited Martin Luther King and the Bible during his passionate reply.

“I hate to see what’s going on in our country,” Swinney told The Post and Courier. “I really do. I think this is a good world. I think this is a great country. It’s just that things get painted with a broad brush in this world these days. There’s more good than bad in this world. With Martin Luther King. I don’t know that there’s ever been a better man or better leader. To me, he changed the world. He changed the world through love in the face of hate. He changed the world through peace in the face of violence. He changed the world through education in the face of ignorance. And he changed the world through Jesus. Boy, that’s politically incorrect. That’s what he did. It’s amazing when we don’t learn from our past how you can repeat your mistakes.”

He pointed out the country has come a long way and cited SEC football examples along the way.

“I think the answer to our problems is exactly what they were for Martin Luther King when he changed the world. Love, peace, education, tolerance of others, Jesus,” Swinney said. “A lot of this things in this world were only a dream for Martin Luther King. Not a one-term, but a two-term African-American president. And this is a terrible country? There are interracial marriages. I go to a church that’s an interracial church. Those were only dreams for Martin Luther King. Black head coaches. Black quarterbacks. Quarterbacks at places like Georgia and Alabama and Clemson. For Martin Luther King, that was just a dream. Black CEOs, NBA owners, you name it. Unbelievable.”

It’s a known, official fact that Martin Luther King lived and died so that black people could be CEOs and NBA owners. And to make sure that people like Colin Kaepernick didn’t disrespect the flag, ‘Merica, or Baby Jesus. He definitely didn’t live and die to stop police violence against African-Americans. But the Big Liberal Establishment means that it’s politically incorrect to tell the truth. Thanks Dabo. Thanks for setting us all straight on what King really thought. And thanks for showing those stupid historians for what they are–politically correct libtards, amiright?

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  • Breadbaker

    Shaun King is powerful and eloquent in response.

    • LosGatosCA

      The great thing about white privilege is that you don’t even have to know you have it.

      And the Martin Luther King misappropriation is just really . . . . sad and pathetic.

      But if we are looking to multi-millionaire white college football coaches – who make their living from exploiting essentially free labor, much of it black – for some sort of self-awareness related to how people are mistreated, well, you are almost certainly bound to be disappointed.

      ETA: What these assholes really mean is –

      Why can’t you be grateful for the advantages I’ve enjoyed?

      • so-in-so

        The best thing about white privilege is never having to say you are sorry, even when you misappropriate a black civil right’s leaders name to support your white privilege.

  • MilitantlyAardvark

    I think this is a good world. I think this is a great country.

    For this is the best of all possible worlds and we must cultivate our concussions.

    • Yankee

      Big-time football is obviously the best place to learn about Peace in the face of Violence.

    • keta

      Coach Pangloss concurs.

      • so-in-so

        At least Dr. Pangloss maintained his philosophy even when it adversely affected him (dying of syphilis). I suspect IF the coach were fired over this (not holding my breath) we would hear no end of how unfair it was.

  • Todd

    Not just limited to the football coaches. Let us not forget walking personal embarrassment Tony La Russa, as he explains to young black athletes why their protests are “insincere”.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17549357/mlb-hall-famer-tony-la-russa-questions-adam-jones-comment-questions-colin-kaepernick-sincerity

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      y’know, just reading your summary of the thing and knowing what a smug dick Tony La Russa has always been is enough for me

      • LosGatosCA

        There are a lot of good reasons Bonds always hated him.

        • Darkrose

          On the list of things that piss me off, the fact that Asswipe La Russa is in the Hall of Fame for managing roided-up players and lying about it, but the actual players aren’t because Character and Integrity Of The Game.

          • brad

            Well, at least the team he’s built sucks, he made the worst trade of the last half decade or so, and he’s likely to be fired in the offseason.

    • Colin Day

      So it’s OK if he’s the manager who finally lost to the Red Sox?

  • efgoldman

    ‘Fie was a chancellor or provost or AD, I’d have it written into the coaches’ contract that if they opined on politics or religion the contract became null and void at that moment. No buy out, no severance, nothing. Goodbye and good riddance.

    • Peterr

      The GOP in the Missouri legislature approves this message. In addition, they also want to take away the scholarships of any players who opine on politics.

      • econoclast

        Until a star quarterback transfers to a rival SEC school over it.

  • BiloSagdiyev

    Well, if only Colin Kaepernick would renounce guns and violent revolution… oh wait, what’s that? He’s kneeling? Well now I’m very confused again.

    • (((Hogan)))

      +1

    • Of course I support your cause, but violence is too far. MLK would have wanted you to practice nonviolent resistance.

      Of course I support your cause, but blocking the roads is too far. That’s against the law! Why can’t you give a speech like MLK?

      Of course I support your cause, but this black power rhetoric is too far. It’s alienating white people! Why don’t you choose a more symbolic way of getting your message across?

      Of course I support your cause, but kneeling during the National Anthem is too far. It’s offensive to the troops! Why don’t you just be quiet and appreciate what you’re given?

      • cpinva

        “Why don’t you choose a more symbolic way of getting your message across?”

        like oh, I don’t know, maybe burning a cross on someone’s yard. it would get your point across, without interfering with anyone’s right to watch the game, and not have to think too hard about anything.

    • McAllen

      Yeah, that’s what’s struck me about this whole think. Kaepernick’s protest is symbolically powerful, but it’s also probably the least physically disruptive form of protest I can think of. He’s not blocking highways or picketing businesses, or even speaking loudly. It’s hard to imagine what form of protest would be acceptable if this isn’t, except for “doing nothing” or, for the real radicals, “writing a politely-worded letter to the editor.”

      • cpinva

        “writing a politely-worded letter to the editor.”

        well no, not that either. you might offend some city councilman, who would then vote against the proposed public payment of the cost of a brand new, high tech stadium for the team. the profits of said stadium would, of course, go to me, the team owner, while any losses would be borne by the general public. so you see, even a “politely-worded letter to the editor.” just won’t do. no sir, not at all.

        you know, nothing makes these people happy.

    • libarbarian

      He’s kneeling?

      Crypto obesience towards Mecca.

      • BiloSagdiyev

        How do we know he’s not kneeling or bowing four other times during the day, hunh?

  • burnspbesq

    WADR, Mr. Swiney should stick to what he is best at, instructing young men in the finer points of inflicting brain trauma on themselves and others.

    • LosGatosCA

      At first I thought you meant What A Damn Retard, but then i realized you wouldn’t be as disrespectful as he is.

  • Nick056

    Like many before, Swinney said he thought Kaepernick had a right to protest, but cautioned it being a distraction for the team.

    Delightful. You know what that reminds me of? Keeping gays closeted in the military for “unit cohesion.”

  • Dilan Esper

    Well, MLK famously liked Star Trek because of Nichelle Nichols. I am sure that he actually would applaud the progress, the black coaches and QB’s and CEO’s.

    The problem with this sort of sentiment is why does progress have to stop for blacks? Why can’t there be more? Why can’t we do more about police brutality, suppression of the vote, poverty, etc. It’s fine and good to acknowledge progress, but this argument is often deployed in support of not making any more progress.

    • Breadbaker

      Haven’t we done enough for the blacks already? Can we go back to racism?

    • Brien Jackson

      I’ll bet dollars to dimes that King would trade white people every damned quarterback at Alabama and Clemson from now until forever for the lives of every Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, or Eric Garner.

      • Breadbaker

        A good paraphrase of a part of the I Have a Dream speech is, “I dream of a world where one day black kids can, just like white kids, mouth off at some rent a cop while carrying Skittles and a Snapple and make it home alive, no questions asked.”

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Fuck. That pretty much does sum it up, doesn’t it?

        • Schadenboner

          Careful or you’ll owe the King family beaucoup lucre.

      • Dilan Esper

        I think King would actually blanch at the suggestion of such a trade. You don’t trade off justice. Black people are entitled to full equality, not one form or another.

  • Shalimar

    Great. I am embarrassed to have gone to Alabama with Dabo and gotten the same quality university education.

    • cpinva

      what kind of people name their kid “Dabo”, and expect him to turn out normal?

      • Peterr

        Per the All Knowing Wiki, he got the name from his 18 month old older brother who couldn’t pronounce “that boy” properly when referring to the littlest Swinney.

        The parents apparently decided the 18 month old’s name for him was a lot more fun than the “William Christopher” they had given him.

        • mikeSchilling

          Isn’t The Beaver called that because Wally couldn’t pronounce Theodore?

          • Judas Peckerwood

            I don’t even want to know about the speech pathology dynamics that transformed “Theodore” into “Beaver”.

            • Full name: Beaver Cleaver. Paging Dr. Freud …

              • sparks

                In elementary school, a taunt. In high school, a sign of admiration.

        • Thlayli

          See also: “Kaká”, from his brother’s trouble pronouncing his real name “Ricardo”.

          Related: Geddy Lee, where “Geddy” is real name “Gary” in his grandmother’s Eastern European accent.

          • Schadenboner

            Our son is nicknamed “Jaffa” because he can’t pronounce “Jonathan”.

            I’ve started calling him Tel Aviv though…

            • Jaffa is okay unless he’s actually, you know, orange.

              • Redwood Rhiadra

                Or until he gets the symbol of Anubis tattooed on his forehead…

        • cpinva

          “The parents apparently decided the 18 month old’s name for him was a lot more fun than the “William Christopher” they had given him.”

          at which point, child protective services should have been immediately called in, and removed all the Swinney children from such a destructive home life, for their own good. also too, that’s fine, as a nickname for a kid. however, as one sign that you’ve reached adulthood, you drop childhood nicknames, and insist on your actual name being used to address you. not doing so, in my opinion, is a clear sign of arrested mental development. oh wait, professional football coach!

          never mind!

  • nemdam

    I still can’t reconcile the brilliance of Shaun King writing on police brutality versus his writing on Bernie during the primary. I remain convinced that H.A. Goodman hacked his account during the primary.

    • Breadbaker

      I don’t disagree, but he is strong for Hillary now, unlike some we can name.

    • I had disagreements with him at the time but he was never as bad or deluded as H.A. Goodman.

    • witlesschum

      Electoral politics causes some unique stupidity among the best of us. Make sense, given that it’s an exercise in both tribalism and political ideology, two of the things about which people most effectively practice motivated reasoning and all the related tricks of human cognition we play on ourselves.

  • Captain Oblivious

    CWCID:

    Skip Bayless finally got something right.

    • FFFFFFIIII

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the sun rose in the west tomorrow morning.

    • efgoldman

      Skip Bayless finally got something right.

      Don’t care, he’s still an insufferable asshole.
      Wonder if he’s planing to go to Florida to fellate Saint Timothy in the Instructional League.

      • Brien Jackson

        Ya know, if Skip wants to troll on Tebow and Lebron because it’s good for business but gets questions of actual social importance right, and is this forceful about it…I’ll take that.

    • witlesschum

      I wish this particular blind squirrel would go feed some raptor.

    • Aaron Morrow

      “Fox Sports host Skip Bayless tore into ESPN” isn’t news, really. What is news (to me) is how Bayless desperately wants Cowherd’s job on All Takes Matter.

  • Peterr

    Rosa Parks* got arrested for sitting on a bus in Birmingham.

    MLK* got arrested for sitting at a lunch counter in Atlanta.

    Colin Kaepernick got a stern talking to for sitting on a football field sideline before a preseason game in San Mateo.

    Progress!!!!1!

    _______
    *Of course, if these folks would have stood up, they would have been called uppity.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      You forgot to mention that monster Emmett Till, who totally deserved it from what I can tell from the Alt-Right intertube sites I’ve visited.

      • BiloSagdiyev

        Wow. I do not want to know.

        But that does confirm my new maxim as of a few years ago: Nothing is settled. There is no issue that there aren’t assholes tugging on the other end of the rope. Never assume that “we” as a nation “learned” that slavery was a mistake, or, say, evil. Assume there are people who want slavery back. Assume there is some biter anti-Semitism out there. There is a royalist club at Yale, I think that’s the college. Nothing is settled.

        Jerks.

        • Brad Nailer

          I work with a guy who believes Trayvon Martin had it coming and that there really was good reason to invade Iraq because Saddam had tossed the weapons inspectors (and the missing WMDs were probably in Syria). He said both of those things in a conversation about discourse across political lines being mostly dead because people can’t agree on the basic facts of history. He made my point and then the conversation died.

          • BiloSagdiyev

            Why of course. They had those weapons, and if anybody says they didn’t, libruhl bias! If we find them, they have the weapons, if we don’t find them, they hid them.

            If we find rusty old mustard gas stuff everybody already knew they had because they used them (on their own people!) (with our satellite intel for targeting!) then those are WMD’s, so case closed, loony libs!

  • Refrozen Caveman Lawyer

    Boy, that’s politically incorrect.

    Oh right, being politically incorrect is so fuckin’ cool, and you’re a fuckin’ cool dude for proclaiming your “political incorrectness” for aligning yourself with such a persecuted religion in this country, of whom only 44 out of 44 US Presidents have ever had the courage to also publicly align themselves with.

    You wanna know what’s really “politically incorrect” nowadays? Sitting during the national anthem, that’s what. How cool is that? What were you talking about again?

    Fuckin’ privileged blowhard.

    • efgoldman

      Fuckin’ privileged blowhard.

      You live in a house with no mirrors, Sparky?

      • Refrozen Caveman Lawyer

        At least I know what my privileges are.

        You can stand down now, Sunshine.

  • Brien Jackson

    Like Shaun King, I’m willing to concede for the purpose of generosity that Swinney’s heart is in the right place here. But holy hell is it damned striking that Letters from a Birmingham Jail could have been written as a direct response to his statement.

    • royko

      I thought the same damned thing. But of course, LFABJ is far too thoughtful a response to this bullshit.

      I’d hate to be yet another white person to put words into King’s mouth, so instead I’ll borrow from fictionalized Marshall McLuhan:

      I heard what you were saying. You know nothing of my work. You mean my whole fallacy is wrong. How you ever got to teach a course in anything is totally amazing.

    • witlesschum

      Swinney does generally come off as nice in public and his players don’t seem to hate him after they’re done player football there. I’m sure there are other coaches whose response to similar questions has been bluster and threats of loss of scholarships.

      But he seems to be so damned confused about history, society, race, MLK, everything that he’s powerless to understand anything much outside of an uptempo offense. He’s also outstanding among football coaches for his public religiosity, which is saying something, and did a fundraiser for an anti-gay marriage group last year.

  • keta

    Well, what’s comforting is that a sitting Congressman and member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security is fully fluent with Kaepernick’s rights in regards to his actions, as well as clear about the motivation for them.

    It’s this kind of leadership that has brought America to where she is today.

    • Steve is looking at Kaepernick and saying “which sub-group is he again?”

      • Judas Peckerwood

        You’ll have to forgive Rep. King — he was thrown for a loop when he found Kaepernick’s calf muscles puzzlingly uncantaloupe-like…

    • cpinva

      the more Rep. King (R-Moron) opens his mouth, the more I believe his constituents were right in electing him to congress. he can do less damage there. the odds of any bill he might propose getting passed are slim to none in DC, whereas back home, in IA, as a member of the state legislature (which meets for only a few weeks each year), some doofus bill he wrote might actually become law, because no one really has the time to read it before they have to vote on it.

      that any sentient being thinks Rep. King should hold any elective office tells you how far evolution still has to go.

      • Ahuitzotl

        evolution is a matter of trial and error. With the emphasis o error.

    • mnuba

      “I understand that he has an Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancee and that this has changed him and has taken on some different political views along the way,” King said. “This is activism that’s sympathetic to ISIS.”

      The talking point among the really wingnutty wingnuts has been that Kaepernick converted to Islam (with zero proof that this happened at all or that this is a bad thing even if it were true) and that’s why he hates ‘Murica now. King totally cribbed this straight from the Breitbart-sphere.

      King also said that if he were 49ers coach, Kaepernick wouldn’t play unless he stopped protesting and asked for forgiveness.

      “For me, if I’m the coach, I would say, ‘You’re done. Until you take a knee and beg forgiveness from the American people, you’re not going to set foot out on this field again,'” King said.

      Christ almighty what is wrong with these people??

      • mnuba

        The bonus point for this line of attack for wingnuts is that not only do they get to blame Islam for ruining football, but they also get to blame women! You can see why it’s so appealing to RWNJs like Rep. King.

  • mikeSchilling

    Why did you pick an excerpt with nothing offensive in it? “Love, peace, education, tolerance of others, Jesus” are all things King really did believe in.

    • Cheerful

      He also believed in nonviolent resistance to oppression, and it was through those actions that he and the people with him achieved change. In the quote in question it is made to seem as if the two are disconnected.

      And actually, in my memory, King’s use of Jesus in his political speeches wasn’t that prominent. The one biblical trope I remember better was Moses, who could see the promised land but not go into it, in the speech King gave right before he was assassinated.

      • mikeSchilling

        King was a Baptist minister, so I expect he liked Jesus pretty well.

    • witlesschum

      He also believed in gravity, resisting the war in Vietnam, unionism and a number of other things.

      • so-in-so

        Most of which the modern GOP rejects…

        • BiloSagdiyev

          And the same exact people or their parents rejected vehemently at the time.

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