Trump is doing a tremendous job at making people’s racist nature rise to the surface. The president has an unprecedented ability to divide Americans and make people instantly despise others they may have loved their entire lives.
Legendary former Chicago Bears coach, Mike Ditka, just permanently tarnished his reputation with one repugnant statement that only a Trump supporter would appreciate.
“There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of.”
He added,”Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — race, religion, creed, color, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, you can accomplish anything.” Did he just channel Ben Carson?
Ditka also said that any players who kneel in protest during the national anthem should be benched:
“Yes, I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football. Go to another country and play football. If you had to go somewhere else and try to play the sport, you wouldn’t have a job… If you don’t respect this flag and this country, then you don’t know what this is all about. I would say, adios.”
Setting aside what’s going on today, the discrimination and bigotry Ditka’s Bears teammates faced in the mid-1960s was memorably depicted in the much-beloved 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song,” starring James Caan as Brian Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers, the team’s first interracial roommates.
How easily Ditka forgets.
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