As a long-time UK basketball fan, I sometimes feel a slight loosening of the loyalty bond. A number of vague reasons, getting stronger with time.
One is the Calipari method of recruiting ‘One and Gone’ which prevents getting to know the players in the same way we used to. Second, contrary to the old days, few of the players today are from Kentucky. Third, Lexington has become a liberal hotbed, with a number of students and newer professors hostile to our natural resources extraction and snooty about the rest of the state. Fourth, Calipari is a definite liberal. He’s good friends with Ashley Judd and once planned a joint fundraiser with her to benefit Jack Conway, the Democratic general election opponent of Rand Paul. He quickly backed off, apologizing that UK had let him know he represents the entire state and a public political role isn’t fitting. That was a big misstep, but quickly dealt with.
Now, new freshman recruit James Young recently wore a T-shirt with the image of Trayvon Martin in a hoodie before switching into the required UK uniform for an interview. Frankly, Young sounds like a Young LIV but the liberal Lexington Herald was there to expand his mutterings into a treatise.
When asked if he saw the T-shirt as a means of making a statement of support for Martin, Young said, “Definitely. That was crazy what happened. I pay my respects and dues and just wear (the T-shirt).”
The T-shirt suggested a statement of solidarity.
“Yeah, yeah, basically,” Young said.
After the Zimmerman verdict, President Barack Obama said that the jury’s decision should be respected. But he also noted that 35 years ago he could have been Martin, the victim of a chain of events sparked by questionable suspicions and capped by a tragic and unnecessary shooting.
Young identified with Obama’s reading of the incident. “That could have been me,” he said. “Any time.”
Yet, Young said he would wear a hoodie if so inclined.
“But what happened that day was crazy,” he said, “and I don’t think it should have happened that way. So I just pay my respect.”
Um yeah, Mr. Young, that could be you. If you were a thug with a history of stealing and drugs, using street violence with a recognized specialty of ‘ground and pound’ to a bloodied and terrified Zimmerman, who panicked and shot you in self-defense, in an ordinary case made extraordinary by a race-baiting politician running for re-election and trying to shore up his base. Looks like it worked with you.
Of course, Trayvon Martin isn’t you. You have a great talent and are taking advantage of that opportunity by coming to Kentucky in a bid to turn talent into a profession. Trust me, losing 10% of state-wide support for UK basketball will cause a dent in those opportunities for future players, many of whom will look like you.
This is how the left rewrites history, repeating a story over and over, aided and abetted by self-serving politicians and obliging liberal media. This is how America lost her colleges to the radical lefties. Soon wearing Trayvon Martin t-shirts will be required college apparel, right up there with Che. And just as stupid.
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