Motorsports don’t float my boat; I would rather repeatedly slam my dick in a drawer for an hour instead of expending time and money to watch other people drive around a track.
However, some people must think it has merit.
Consequently, there’s an event in the USA called The Daytona 500. Cars, driving around a track for a long time, that kind of thing.
Fascinating, I’m sure.
Quite rightly, the sports network, ESPN, report on it.
Here’s an article, for example:
The headline may confuse you. Let me explain; a driver, who happens to be of a particular ethnicity, was briefly in the lead in a 200 lap, 800 mile race. He subsequently finished 17th.
This, apparently, is historic and very much worthy of being written about on a global sports website.
Is it possible to write a more patronising and condescending article?
I don’t know anything about Bubba Wallace (see my admission above about how uninterested I am in motor sports) but, if he’s like every adult human I’ve ever met, I imagine he would be hugely embarrassed by this article.
Perhaps the only way this would have been more infantilising would be if ESPN had created a special participation award for Bubba’s 1 in 200 lap lead.
In 2021, we are constantly chided for our apparent racism by the sort of people who write these articles. Yet it has seemingly never crossed the author’s mind that, by treating Bubba Wallace like a small child participating in a Primary School sports day, they are demonstrating extreme racism; the racism of low expectations.
I sincerely wish Bubba all the best and hope he one day learns how to drive fast enough to beat drivers of other ethnicities.
I won’t be watching the race though, as I have an urgent appointment with a chest of drawers.
You’re all winners!