November 28, 2023

Race-Baiting Sports Writer Libels a Kid

A Chiefs fan wore a headdress and team-color face paint. A media scribe thinks that’s “racism.”

It was hardly a great moment in journalism. In fact, rarely does a media story present so many angles of utter insanity as Deadspin’s ridiculous hit piece yesterday on a young boy rooting for his favorite NFL team.

“The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress,” blared the headline of a story by Carron Phillips. Even though Mr. Phillips is a black man, based on his silly rant we can only surmise his name is pronounced “Karen” — slang for an entitled and haranguing white woman.

Phillips decided to bully a young kid with a racist screed based on a misleading screenshot at the top of the article showing the fan turned sideways to show only black paint on his face under the Chiefs headdress. A view of the boy’s full face reveals that the other half was painted red — you know, for his team.

(Full disclosure: The Chiefs are also this author’s favorite team since childhood — decades before this past year’s Super Bowl victory over Joe Biden’s Philadelphia Eagles, and long before Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce started dating an up-and-coming singer named Taylor Swift.)

“It takes a lot to disrespect two groups of people at once,” harrumphed Phillips. “But on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, a Kansas City Chiefs fan found a way to hate Black people and the Native Americans at the same time.”

Phillips then demanded answers to several questions:

Why did the camera person give this fan the attention?

Why did the producer allow that camera angle to be aired at all?

Is that fan a kid/teenager or a young adult?

Despite their age, who taught that person that what they were wearing was appropriate?

The fan is obviously a young kid, but Phillips is the one who’s childish. So we have a couple of questions of our own for him: What if that young boy had been dressed as a girl and declared different pronouns? (Phillips already assumed “their.”) Or what if the boy had knelt for the national anthem?

“There’s no place for a franchise to be called the ‘Chiefs’ in a league that’s already eradicated ‘Redskins,’” Phillips then asserted. Yes, his entire argument is based on the preposterous presupposition that a team would choose a name in order to disparage it. We have Warriors, not Weaklings; Patriots, not Traitors.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs three years ago banned headdresses and certain face paint at their home stadium. This fan attended the game in Vegas. The Chiefs still allow the Arrowhead or Tomahawk Chop, and, so far, the organization has steadfastly stood by its name.

Phillips goes on to slam the entire NFL for its “End Racism” and “It Takes All Of Us” slogans: “Do you know how big your balls have to be to say that racism should be ended when you have a racist past like the NFL?”

How, pray tell, is anyone supposed to make progress if race-hustlers like Phillips never forgive and keep making new accusations no matter what? Our question belies his game — he decried “stand[ing] against Critical Race Theory,” which holds that whites can never be absolved of racism because we have a history of oppression. Never mind real history with context. Phillips uses the CRT/Marxist “oppressor/oppressed” dichotomy as the crux of his argument.

And how, exactly, is racism solved by “eradicating” Native Americans from any representation among sports team names or brands? Indigenous Peoples can appropriate Columbus Day, but they can’t have any brand or team names. Got it.

This particular media smear against a minor reminds us of the case of Nick Sandmann, the teenager who won defamation settlements from multiple Leftmedia outlets after they falsely accused him of racism when he was confronted by a Native American agitator at a 2019 event in Washington, DC. As far as the media was concerned, Sandmann’s two sins were wearing a MAGA hat while being white. His “tribal elder” antagonist was a race-baiter by the name of Nathan Phillips, no relation to Carron Phillips of Deadspin.

After backlash against his mindless article, Phillips lashed out, “For the idiots in my mentions who are treating this as some harmless act because the other side of his face was painted red, I could make the argument that it makes it even worse.” Yes, you could argue that, but it would be even more stupid.

Now you know why we stand against CRT, Mr. Phillips. Because CRT teaches bullies like you to destroy even children who trigger your delicate sensibilities. Doing so in the name of “social justice” or “racial justice” doesn’t make it any better.

The truth is that CRT is racism, and putting a modifier before justice means you no longer have justice. You just have bitter, angry losers like Carron Phillips.

Update 11/29: In yet another blow to the Carron Phillips narrative, the mother of the young boy came out to say that he is Native American, and the family is part of the Chumash tribe. “We never in any way, shape or form meant to disrespect any Native Americans or any tribes,” the family said. “The tribe we’re from doesn’t even wear that type of headdress. This specific headdress is a novelty piece. It’s a costume piece.” As for any apology, it’s “a little too late” because the “damage is already done.” No kidding.

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