I’m extremely late to this, but I have plenty to offer. Let’s start with the picture. It’s Kobe Bryant against Anthony Parker. Since Parker’s sister is Candace Parker, we can safely assume he’s of a mixed race. I’m assuming Buzz or his editors at
Newsweek The Daily Beast Barry Diller’s IAC flagship that lurves Columbia grads, didn’t realize the irony of the photo. Also, he seems racist probably because I’m not used to caring weather a player is black or white, except if I can make strokey white guy joke. I think Black Thanksgiving speaks to the super-charged nature of race when applied to the 5th most popular American sport.
At least Stephen Fried is included because I was seriously doubting whether Buzz was aware of his pigmentation issues. Buzz doesn’t think
"talking about any of this makes me a racist. I believe it makes me a realist. White fans want white superstars, or in the case of the NBA, at least one white American superstar. Unless the ghosts of Bird and John Havlicek and Jerry West return to the floor, that isn’t going to happen. And since it isn’t going to happen, the NBA will continue to struggle with an identity crisis that no one wants to publicly acknowledge. "
But, it does make him a racist, if an erudite one that has written many wonderful pieces I enjoyed. I just wish he would conjure up something a little more color-blind to explain the lack of popularity for my favorite sport. Not everyone in America is a Texan from the 1980’s you interviewed for your award-winning book.
(via NBA All-Star Game: White Men Can’t Root - The Daily Beast)