There’s a video gone viral showing a New Orleans Saints’ fan wrestling a game-winning football out of a Cincinnati Bengals’ fans hands.
Bengals’ Tight End Jermaine Gresham initially handed it over to a spectator in the stands who was literally wearing her allegiance on her sleeves. It was clearly hers, yet the Saints-sporting fan wrenches it away in what should be considered assault and theft.
To my knowledge, the jerk wasn’t charged with anything like he should have been. Though everyone does seem to be condemning the blatant foul and fouler.
However, here’s an interesting twist that nobody is talking about: The Bengals’ fan is a young-ish white female, while the offending Saints’ fan is an older black man.
Nobody is bringing up the race card, however. Nobody is proclaiming this to be a clear example of how society allows one race to trample over another. There’s no demands for rallies or racial justice or an in-depth look at what’s wrong with race relations.
And with good reason. Because it would be stupid.
This was a case of somebody being an inexcusable (and apparently unrepentant) jerk. Kinda like a minor mirror of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri.
It had nothing to do with race. In fact, I would argue that race is never the bottom line in why human beings treat each other like trash. It’s an excuse. So is gender, age and religion.
I mean, in the past, I’ve had three thoroughly unfair and downright nasty white bosses (one of them, incidentally, was another woman). At the same time, a black female coworker of mine was being treated miserably by her black female boss.
Explain those to me through a racial lens?
Then there are the black-on-black crimes and the white-on-white crimes, and the countless historical incidents where white people treated white people horribly (e.g. England to Ireland and Scotland), black people treated black people horribly (e.g. Hutus vs. Tutsis), Asian people treated Asian people horribly (e.g. Japanese to Chinese during WWII), etc., etc., etc.
Here’s the bottom line: People are jerks. And they will seize on whatever excuse they can to behave like jerks.
We could save ourselves a lot of hurt and hassle if we’d just acknowledge that human nature will trend toward the easiest – instead of the noblest – possible route without proper incentive. Like, I don’t know… A higher moral power telling us to behave?