PC reaction to analystnoting player’s color
Re: “49ers suspend announcer for saying Lamar Jackson’s skin tone gives him advantage” (Mercurynews.com, Dec. 4):
I’m writing about an event that happened a month ago because it has taken me that long to calm down.
Here’s what happened: The San Francisco 49ers suspended for one day their radio analyst Tim Ryan for saying Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson was “really good at that fake … but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing.”
As an African American that really ticked me — not the comment, but the reaction.
The only thing Ryan did “wrong” — for which he had to apologize — was that he didn’t pretend not to notice that Jackson’s skin (or mine) is darker than his own. He actually even mentioned the blatantly obvious!
That PC interpretation is terribly degrading. Pretending our differences don’t exist is pretending I don’t exist.
Ralph Ellison wrote about it 50 years ago in “The Invisible Man,” and dang if it isn’t still here.
Otis SmithDaly City