STEPHEN A. STEREOTYPE
Oh that Stephen A. Smith. In his most recent column for ESPN the Magazine, Smith writes about us dorks that play fantasy football.
“I’ve always thought that a lot of these guys (and 96% of them are guys) are nerds desperately in need of more sociable leisure-time activities. Leisure time for black folks historically consists of direct interaction, the kind of experience you get at a family barbecue or hanging out with friends. Sitting in front of a computer screen pretending to be Bill Parcells? Sounds like work to me.”
Yes, on Sundays white people like to barricade themselves in their homes and look directly into their computer and TV screens. We do not own grills and all our friends are of the cyber variety. Is he serious?
I won’t delve deeper into the racial component of the whole story. Smith has never wrote or said anything that I’ve found to be particularly insightful, so he’s really not worth the keystrokes.
Perhaps an article in response to Smith from What Would Oakley Do? best sums up his latest column:
The great irony (or tragedy) of Smith’s story is that when offered a relevant assignment about race by his boss – Smith tells the reader he was asked to find out why most fantasy sports enthusiasts are white – he retreats to stereotypes and my-way-is-better-than-yours defense mechanisms rather than digging deeper into the issues screaming for attention just below the surface.
And that seems like par for the course when it comes to Smith.