I usually keep myself above frays involving hot button issues outside of sports. However, like everyone else in the nation I cannot avoid the Don Imus flap over his remarks concerning the Rutgers women’s basketball team and particularly one remark made by one of the players.
“It kind of scars us. We grew up in a world where racism exists, and there’s nothing we can do to change that,” said Matee Ajavon, another member of the team. “I think that this has scarred me for life.”
No actually having your college life disrupted, your athletic career prematurely ended, and your reputation profoundly destroyed by a false accusation of rape and the overzealous actions of a power hungry prosecutor is the textbook definition of a life scarring event. I have no point of reference to know what a minority person feels when an offensive phrase is used like this but I would imagine that it is far from being a life scarring event.
And if it is, does that not mean you are letting the bigots win?