Steve Clevenger had a Twitter account. You know this because he tweeted racist things the other day. But before that, you didn’t know he had a Twitter account. Because you didn’t care. And you didn’t care because Steve Clevenger is a backup catcher who probably had 482 followers on his social media account, and you weren’t one of them, because why would you follow Steve Clevenger on social media?
Clevenger’s tweets were pure racism. In particular, the term “locked behind bars like animals” is so deeply offensive. Any history book will tell you that slavery was based on the concept that Africans were regarded as animals, not people. Combined with the imagery of prison—which in America we have filled with non-violent black convicts who mostly couldn’t afford decent legal defense—and there with a mere 280 characters, Steve Clevenger proves himself to be a modern racist.
If this event is unsurprising, well, it’s because much of the culture of American conservatism (see: Trump, Donald; Fox News Inc.; basically every internet comment section ever) has turned itself into an overt display of racial venom. From intolerance towards Hispanic immigrants, gay marriage rights, and black protests, this trend of aggressive racist and bigoted behavior has become so disgustingly commonplace.
But don’t confuse this sort of racism as “politics”. No, politics is about policy. Disagreements about taxes and health care coverage and how to run a country more effectively.
Racial hatred isn’t about politics at all. It’s just pure old fashioned racism.
It’s only under the guise of conservatism that racism has become a fashionable way to “express oneself”.
The Mariners must cut Steve Clevenger, and all of us, as citizens, need to do the same thing. We must cut the Steve Clevengers out of our social acceptance.
There is simply no place for racism in America.
Baseball taught us this many years ago.
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