In response to a white National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kyle Korver penning a white-guilt-ridden piece in The Players Tribune, claiming that all white people are inherently racists, an opinion piece in The Des Moines Register has accused Korver himself of racism.
“My family immigrated from Lithuania around WWI,” said Joel Kurtinitis. “As a libertarian, I have pushed for criminal justice reform and ending the drug war, which has had a disproportionate impact on the black community. So the notion that I’m responsible for the horrible things people did a century before I was born merely because I look like them is disgustingly, appallingly racist.”
The gist of Korver’s piece was that he’d realized his “white privilege” after years of playing in the majority-black NBA. It was a cringeworthy display of white liberal guilt.
But I look like the other guy.
And whether I like it or not? I’m beginning to understand how that means something.
What I’m realizing is, no matter how passionately I commit to being an ally, and no matter how unwavering my support is for NBA and WNBA players of color….. I’m still in this conversation from the privileged perspective of opting in to it. Which of course means that on the flip side, I could just as easily opt out of it. Every day, I’m given that choice — I’m granted that privilege — based on the color of my skin.
He later added that white people are, indeed, “responsible” for the “sins of our forefathers.”
The Des Moines Register – Korver’s hometown newspaper – was not interested in that argument.
“Decent people don’t shake hands with someone and immediately begin calculating all possible permutations of their racial history,” the piece said. “Decent people don’t obsess about race, because they recognize that the most important part of a human being lies beneath the skin. Decent people acknowledge the dignity and humanity of others, and don’t reduce them to victimhood at a glance.”
In other words, the piece said that Korver himself is a racist for immediately jumping to the conclusion that all “people of color” are victims or a rigged system. It argued that assuming all people of a certain race are reduced to their skin color and group identity, rather than being judged by their individual merits, is racism.
And Korver is guilty of it.
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