By Roxanne JonesUpdated 5:56 PM ET, Wed August 23, 2017Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN Magazine and former vice president at ESPN, has worked as a producer, reporter and editor at the New York Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Jones is co-author of “Say it Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete.” She talks politics, sports and culture weekly on Philadelphia’s 900AM-WURD. The views expressed here are solely hers.(CNN) In the testosterone-laced world of sports, sometimes your name means everything. … Truth is, not even the glorious game of football can keep America’s toxic culture of bigotry, hate and violence at bay. … It seems unreasonable, ignorant and downright ridiculous to associate his name in any way with the Confederate general. Still, nothing we’ve witnessed in Charlottesville, or since, has been reasonable or intelligent. …Others insist these monuments, of which there are dozens across the nation, are a symbol of Southern pride, an important part of American history.Lee: Not an Ice Person (Mrs. Lee we’re not so sure about)Right. If that were the case, wouldn’t we also have numerous statues of Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey or Harriet Tubman and countless others who fought for freedom and equality standing proudly outside government buildings, dotting college campuses?
Blacks aren’t really into putting up statues, they are more into getting things renamed after their heroes. It’s easier. For example, there are or were Malcolm X colleges or schools in Chicago
, San Francisco
, Washington DC
, and Detroit
. Harriet Tubman schools are all over the place.
While this national conversation continues, ESPN decided to avoid evoking the chaos during a live broadcast. …Good call. Life is crazy enough already.
Robert Lee = Name is too triggering.
Barack Hussein Obama = Name
is another reason to vote for him.
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