NY Times Sports Pages Plays Race, Sex Cards: Racist Tennis, ‘Social Justice’ WNBA

New York TimesKurt Streeter is a sports columnist who found yet another way to inject left-wing ideology within his subject. This was the absence of black diversity in tennis on both the courts and in the stands. In his diatribe “Achilles’ Heel of Cherished Prestige: All-Too-Rare Moments of Diversity,” Streeter began:

Wimbledon weekend felt and looked different for the first time since nearly 50 years.

Nick Kyrgios and Ons Jabeur brought a fresh diversity to the men’s and women’s singles finals. Jabeur (Tunia) became the first North African player in a singles final. Kyrgios is an Australian from Malaysia with a well-documented style that distinguishes him from other players. Jabeur, Kyrgios and others lost but it is irrelevant.

Some of the most shrewd commentators wondered why Streeter celebrated Krygios. Krygios is well-known for his boorish behaviour and allegations of assault.

But when it comes to the diversity and opposing those icky unvaccinated people like Djokovic, the priorities for people like Streeter change:

There is a very familiar uniformity in the stands. Except for a few flecks of color in the corners, it is all white. A Black player of the game, I feel like it is a gut punch to have a lot less color, especially when playing at Wimbledon.

Streeter hassled the few black faces he saw and found a few willing to indulge in racial paranoia: “There’s a lottery system for many of the seats. Many fans gathered in the park to camp overnight and queued up. The cost isn’t exactly cheap.”

What were the ticket prices actually? Streeter kept it fuzzy, but the cheaper tickets for early-round matches were cheaper than most English Premier League football tickets.

The other arguments he used were just as weak. While Streeter couldn’t point to anything specifically racist, he claimed tradition and even the all-white dress code were somehow hampering blacks from buying Wimbledon tickets:

There’s more to it than access and cost. It goes deeper. It is the tradition and prestige Wimbledon are its greatest assets, and an Achilles’ heel. It feels amazing Tennis in an English Garden isn’t a hyperbole But also stuffy, stodgy, and stuck Self-explanatory.

“Think about what Wimbledon represents for so many of us,” said Lorraine Sebata, 38, who grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

“To us it represents the system,” She added. “The colonial system. The hierarchy”That remains the cornerstone of English society. If you look closely at the royal boxes, which are as white as the Victorian all-white dress code, it is impossible not to see them.

If tennis’s problem is racism, then sexism is what’s stopping people from caring about the WNBA. The Times once again tried to guilt people into watching women’s basketball on the front of Monday’s sports section with “W.N.B.A.’s Fan Base Grows, And Grows Ever Less Patient.”

Remy Tumin found disappointed fans in Chicago at the league’s All-Star game: “There is a swell of engagement and enthusiasm for the W.N.B.A. as it plays its 26th season, but the league’s growing fan base has come with a critical eye.”

Never mind that the WNBA couldn’t sell out their All-Star game. Instead, The TimesThe NBA subsidised the WNBA right from its beginning, and complained that there was a pay discrepancy between the WNBA & NBA.

Tumin segued into “social justice,” as if teams barking about abortion every night will attract new fans:

One of the greatest areas of growth for the league has been activism around social justice. A new wave of activism might be in the area of abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade. Stewart called the decision “disgusting” and “heartbreaking” And she said that she expected it to be discussions soon about how to handle events in states where abortion is banned.

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