ESPN pundit Paul Finebaum was compelled to apologize on Thursday after arguing earlier in the week that black people in America did not face oppression.
On College Football Live two days earlier, Finebaum appeared as part of a panel discussing Colin Kaepernick. There, he discovered that there was only a very narrow window of acceptable opinion to have about the quarterback’s actions.
But before we get into that…
Can someone please explain why we’ve given this ass so much of our collective energy? Why is it not enough to simply say, “Hmm, yep, he’s an ass,” and be done with it? Everyone can see that he’s an ass, including those who are pretending that he isn’t. This is the dumbest “national dialogue” we’ve had in a while, and that’s saying something. We’re seriously going to start talking about the goddamn national anthem as a symbol of white supremacy? Because this idiot is trying to impress his girlfriend?
In a way, this tells you a lot about how grateful we should all be to live in America. Our lives are pretty damn easy if we have to go around and invent these kinds of problems.
All right, back to Finebaum’s comments, where he questioned the reasons behind Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the anthem.
“I really don’t understand, not to look at the country back then, this country has issues, but this country is not oppressing black people,” Finebaum said.
After a bunch of fake outrage was then thrown onto Finebaum, he decided to save his career and pretend that he’d suddenly come to a great awakening.
“I can spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation,” he said. “I know better. I’ve lived in this country. I see what is going on all across the country from north to south to east to west. I have no excuse. I can’t explain why I articulated the words the way I did, but I did. There’s a public record of it. There was natural reaction. All I can say is I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling I had no right to express.”
A feeling he had no right to express.
Think about that for a minute.
Really step back and look at what we’re doing as a country. Inventing problems, inventing reasons to get upset about them, and then deciding that there’s only one valid way to feel about them!
This cannot end well.