After reading this short article on Bradley Patterson, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The UNA football player was cut within hours of tweeting a racial slur about President Obama who interrupted the football game to share national condolences to the families and friends of the senseless Newtown CT massacre.
The part of me that wants to laugh out loud is happy that the university has heart enough to stand on its opposition to open racial verbal attacks like this one. There was a time, and not so long ago, too, where Patterson’s comment may have been followed with a line about “The University is host to thousands of students and faculty. Quite reasonably, we don’t affiliate with the creeds and moral values of……” if it was followed with any recognition at all.
The part that wants to cry is hovering around the question of how public does it have to be for the actual “correction” to kick in? Might this comment from Patterson have gotten a chuckle or a spin off comment from any of those who made the ultimate decision to cut him had it been made in a more private setting and not the Twitterverse? I wonder.
And then I want to laugh for the same reason I want to cry: Patterson says he’s not a racist. Is that confusing or what? I compare that to men who sleep with men and totally reject the notion of homosexuality. It just doesn’t jibe. Behavior is generally a pretty accurate indicator of itself.
Patterson says he was raised better than that, so let’s assume it’s true. He says his parents didn’t teach him to speak/feel that way about Blacks. So then other questions begin to hover over my curiosity: Where did he pick it up? Who has he heard talking that way about the President? Was it the team he just walked onto after 4 season games?
My bottom line point is, it’s fishy. Patterson was parroting someone(s)…who? There’s so much to unpack when dealing with issues of the heart like these. Humans are assimilators. Period.
With our strongest innate drive inclining towards love and belonging, we have a tendency to pour ourselves into the circumstantial mold of wherever we are, whomever we’re with.
They say you can look at your 5 closest relationships and that they’re huge predictors of where you’re headed. People start to match when thoughts being to merge through fellowship: match in income, match in style, match in drive, match in language.
If he didn’t get it from Momma & Daddy, he got it/heard it somewhere. I smell a scapegoat here with this whole Bradley Patterson thing. It’ll be interesting to see what develops from this. Will he get back on the team?
If his spurning comment stemmed from seeds of hate buried inside the depths of that team, I think its possible. What do you think?