White men LOST THEIR MINDS when a Black woman athlete did the same thing they celebrated a white woman for - Episode #781 of The Breakdown with Shaun King
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SHOW NOTES: I hate to say this, but racism is so deeply ingrained into every fiber of this nation's being that it seems like no matter how hard some of us try, we just can't escape it. And sure enough, it reared its ugly head last night during the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
Today I'll break it all down, but if you hadn't heard, the basics are this: A star white player for Iowa has talked MAJOR trash all year and been celebrated for it - no matter how brash, crass, or over the top it was. But when a rival player from LSU talked that same brash trash right back to her, white folk simply lost their minds. The double standard was brutal. And it was just a painful reminder that even when we are seeking a form of escapism through sports, that bigotry is just lurking right their beneath the surface.
Let me unpack and explain it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shaun King is one of the most followed and shared activists and journalists in the world. In addition to being the Founder and Editor in Chief of The North Star, he also leads the Grassroots Law Project and the Real Justice PAC. A historian by training, Shaun King is the New York Times bestselling author of Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future. His upcoming book, a memoir called Lemons and Stones, is on sale now! Shaun’s daily news podcast, The Breakdown with Shaun King, has been heard and shared hundreds of millions of times in almost every country in the world and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are heard. Shaun has been with his brilliant wife, Rai, for nearly 25 years, and they are raising their 5 kids in Brooklyn, New York.