Stupid Sentence…

This “qualifies” as one of the stupider sentences I’ve read in many moons.

It is from the September 21 issue of “Time” magazine.

From “The View-Sports” by Sean Gregory.

Here it is:

“It’s no longer acceptable to use Black Americans as entertainment but do little to demonstrate that their lives matter.”

Grammatically, the capital “b”…yeah, I know the politics etc, but it is still wrong.

Who “uses” black Americans as “entertainment?”

Not this white boy.

My favorite player of all time is Steve Largent. (and I know many of you are thinking, “Steve who?”

Not because he is white, but because he was a phenomenally brave and gifted receiver (back in the day when players stuck with a team…if I remember correctly he and quarterback Jim Zorn were together 11 years).

My second-favorite player is Mike Singletary…not because he is black but because of the way he played and his scary stare.

I don’t “use” any athlete…of any color/race. I recognize that many (not all) black athletes poured their lives into sports hoping it would be a way out of poverty and the hood. I also know of a few white (and brown) players who did the same thing.

I admire them for that, also.

But “use”?


And I don’t feel like addressing…again…the second phrase of his sentence; because I know that whatever I type it will offend someone.

I admire them, I wish I made the money they made. I support their right to have and voice opinions.



Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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