Colin Cowherd broached a #hatefact.
For the sake of argument, let’s say a professional baseball player from Saudi Arabia was taken aback by a radio personality pointing out that said player’s home country sucks in terms of human, and especially, women’s rights. We’re supposed to cheer the radio guy for his ethical stance, I think?
Nope: We are to condemn the radio personality as a hatemonger for exploring a #hatefact.
The same applies for ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd, who said this while talking about the complexity of baseball: “A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.”
I haven’t heard racism this pungent since the days of George Wallace.
Cowherd’s statement led to Canada’s own, Toronto Blue Jays player, Jose Bautista chastising Cowherd for his ignorance: “Before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please.” I can’t speak for Mr. Cowherd, Jose, but I can point out that your grammar sucks, and that if you didn’t hammer out 30 homeruns a year, you would be roofing apartment complexes, dumbass.
It should be noted that Jose is somewhat famous in America as he sports the very Anglo-Italian nickname, “Joey Bats.”
According to the MLB: “Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game. Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”
The problem is that the Dominican Republic is sorta exactly as Cowherd describes it: Not that great in terms of education. People have a 17% better chance of being literate in the U.S. as opposed to the Dominican (nationmaster.com). That doesn’t mean that Dominicans are stupid or incapable of understanding the “infield fly rule.” It does, however, make Cowherd’s points that their education standards fall well short of our own. Pointing this out, it seems, is just as racist as burning a cross on your front lawn.
Objectively, Colin Cowherd is an annoying speaker-of-truth. But, he said something that sounds mean. He must be banned. That’s the American Way…