Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant has made headlines over a few Instagram posts sharing his thoughts on racism. His points are all interesting, but there is one I wanted to focus on…
Instead of making videos about the history of racism that get applause or people with influence merely doing things to post for social media, we should focus on individual accountability to be better as a whole.
We can’t say for sure which videos he’s referring to, but these come to mind: ‘Mic’ Video Claims EVERYONE is Racist and Pompous MTV Demands White Men Abide by These New Year’s Resolutions.
Dez Bryant is right.
Before we go any further, no, I am not implying racism doesn’t exist. Racism is real. The rub is the difference between racism and “racism.” Racism is something we as a species still deal with. “Racism” (with the eye roll and finger quotes) is just a word leftists throw around to impress other leftists over how woke they are. Think along the lines “sexism,” “transphobia,” and “science.” And that’s when leftists aren’t accusing you just because you expressed an opposing viewpoint and they can’t argue with facts.
I don’t know Bryant’s politics, other than assuming he isn’t a Trump supporter. But having public figures willing to speak out is how we help the actual national conversation. Especially when they go against the leftist narrative and inspire actual discussion, not hashtags and empty slogans.
Now, this is usually the part of the post where we share tweets of intolerant leftists demonstrating their intolerance. Instead, just one tweet of dissent from hall-of-famer Shannon Sharpe…
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) April 11, 2017
…the Dez Bryant responded…
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 11, 2017
I hope he’s invited on to respond.