ESPN Showing College Games Because Of Players’ Skin Color Is Divisive And Wrong

ESPN Showing College Games Because Of Players’ Skin Color Is Divisive And Wrong

Jackson State’s Peyton Pickett shoved his Florida A&M defender to the ground to pick up extra yards on Sunday while the crowd went wild — something Pickett and other members of Jackson State’s football team are probably used to. But what they aren’t used to is being nationally broadcasted, as the game was. 

National coverage is not taken lightly in the football world. It is coveted by all teams, all divisions, and all conferences. 

But in a new partnership with ESPN, members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) — which are composed of historically black colleges and universities — will receive national coverage in more than 100 games this season.

This new partnership has been praised for highlighting black athletes, but the new broadcasts aren’t doing that at all. It is dividing the sport of football — a sport of tradition and unification. 

Right now, in most American homes, you can find a college football game on some sort of broadcast on TV.  In week three of play, nationally ranked teams like Alabama, Florida, and Clemson flashed on many TVs, but this year these popular teams have shared the limelight on nationally syndicated broadcasts. 

While HBCUs are defined as “any historically Black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans,” top tier teams like Alabama, Florida, and Clemson are also schools with athletic teams historically composed of black players. 

In 2018, Clemson had 57 black athletes on their roster. Of their last three national championships, two were led by starting African American quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson and Homer Jordan. But this isn’t just common at Clemson. On a larger scale, black athletes make up nearly 60 percent of all college football rosters. 

Black athletes are getting covered, and for playing for schools other than HBCUs. Airing the games simply because the players are black creates division. After the new partnership with ESPN, headlines read, “Black College Football is ESPN’s New Baby.” 

Head Coach of Jackson State Deion Sanders even created a separate HBCU or “black” combine for those athletes of HBCUs in preparation for the NFL draft. Instead of referring to the game as simply college football, or participating in one, shared combine, a specific distinction had to be made between the skin colors of those playing the game. 

But why? For decades, the American sport has allowed those of all ethnicities to play together. Now, the emphasis on airing HBCUs makes it seem like the races must have their own circles in the sport, as opposed to sharing one. 

And what happened to air time going to the teams that earned it? That is a more equal and fair option. 

When people flip on their TVs to watch any athletes compete, they flip on their TVs to watch the best of the best compete. They don’t flip on their TVs just to watch “black” football, and they certainly don’t flip on their TVs just to watch “white” football either. 

Conferences like SEC and BIG 10 get primetime coverage because they are the top in the sport, and they earned the right to be called that.

An historic culture comes with any big, Division I football game, and it is one that everyone can engage in and enjoy — just as the sport of football was created to do. Certainly there are teams with different demographics than the HBCU teams who aren’t getting national coverage and who are just as good, but those teams have to earn their coverage as opposed to having it given to them because of the color of their skin. 

The situation would be different if ESPN were choosing to air all Division I teams, or even Division II or Division III, but ESPN is airing people for the color of their skin. If the roles were reversed what ESPN is doing would be rightly deemed segregation, because it divides the sport. 

Granting teams coverage because of the color of their skin isn’t giving them respect or appreciation, but having them earn it on the playing field would. HBCUs should be aired on national TV because they are the best at playing football, not because of the color of the players’ skin. The same goes for any team, in any sport, in any division.  

When President Gerald Ford was a student and football player at the University of Michigan in 1934, he nearly quit the team. Not because he was burnt out, or injured, but because his teammate Willis Ward — only the second African American to play football at the university — was told Georgia Tech would refuse to take the field if he was dressed and played. 

Ford threatened to quit the team, which caused protests around campus on Ward’s behalf. Ford took a stand not so Ward could play on a separate team, but so they could share the field, and have equal status. 

He took a stand so they could play the sport of football together. Football isn’t meant to be about skin colors and racial division, but about sharing the field and the sport and overcoming those divisions for the greater good. 

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They Now Have a Another Way to TRACK You and Collect your Sensitive Data

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The surveillance state just came up with a new way to track, collect and beam your sensitive data back to the mother ship. With 1984 in the rear-view mirror, everybody knows that George Orwell’s warning was embraced by the liberal left as a textbook on how to take control. Joe Biden proves that it works flawlessly. Over the years, Big Brother got a sex change and a makeover by the PR department so now you’re monitored night-and-day by your less-sinister little sister, Alexa. She’ll be with you every waking moment. From now on, she’ll be standard equipment with Ford models.

Track you on the road

Ford will soon be able to track all of your habits and behavior — good, bad or illegal, as your ride gets digitally hooked to the internet of things. Along with it will come the days of the ransom screen that says “if you want to get to work, fork over some Bitcoin.”

Bob Heinlein thought he was reaching when he described what was basically the OnStar System in “Stranger in a Strange Land.” The only difference is that OnStar doesn’t have the sleepy gas feature to disable the driver when the police think it’s appropriate. At least, not yet.

A full four years ago, Ford introduced a partnership with Amazon to offer a suite of integrated controls for home devices. They just came up with a new and improved version and they are making it so that all future updates can take place seamlessly without the customer being bothered with any of the pesky details. Along with built-in Alexa voice assistant comes a wireless software update ecosystem.

The call it “Power-Up.” It will literally track your every move, and how fast you were moving. Soon it may be able to tell if you’re impaired or distracted. With growing autopilot features, you could end up parked in front of the police station with all the doors locked and windows that won’t go down until officer friendly comes along to say hello.

Ford has everyone talking about how wonderful it will be that “virtually all” of the computer modules can be updated at will to track every inch you drive, “not just the ones that focus on infotainment.” They expect to have “33 million vehicles equipped with this service and Alexa by 2028.” They don’t even call themselves a “motor” company anymore, Ford is a “technology company.”

They’re convinced “that data is the new oil, since it’s essential to our electric future and enables us to have an always-on relationship with our customer.” Alex Purdy, head of Ford’s business operations for enterprise connectivity stole the “new oil” line from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

Fewer repair trips

Purdy hopes to lure customers into a false sense of security by hyping how the new software “may reduce the need for repair trips.”

Besides that, police won’t need to plug into your computer to track where you were, when, and how fast you got there and left, then where you went afterward. “Many of the software updates will require little to no action from the driver.”

Drivers are being tempted by the built-in Alexa assistant to “use voice control to start or stop their engine, lock or unlock doors, defrost their windows, make a call or play music.” How convenient. If you have Alexa smart home devices you can use them from the car by voice. She will track not just your movements but your preferences.

The “new software ecosystem will give Ford data on how vehicle owners use their cars.” That’s why “Ford is giving all drivers complimentary access to Alexa for three years, suggesting that the automaker will likely receive mountains of very valuable information on the behavior of its customers.”

The funky features “will be delivered via a Power-Up software update this fall beginning with F-150, Mach-E, Bronco, Edge and Super Duty customers.” After that, Ford won’t rest until every one of their models rolling off the assembly lines are similarly equipped. Back in February, the company announced that they’re teaming up with Google to make Android part of the package as well.

That way, they can track your cell phone from your car while you’re away from it. Amazon would love to know which of the businesses in the strip mall you visit, while officer friendly would love to know what apartment in the complex you walked up to and came back from ten minutes later. Especially because you came back about 15.9 ounces heavier, as relayed by the sensor under your seat.

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