I wanted to share a few of the more tolerant correspondence I've received (so far) on Jason Collins coming out. First, was is prejudice? What is discrimination? Let's look at the definitions for both...To me, this is where the Jackie Robinson/ Jason Collins conversation begins and ends...the comparison was not meant to be taken literally...
Hall of Famer Warren Moon spent six years in CFL before getting a chance to quarterback in NFL. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Warren Moon believes criticism directed at NFL draft prospect Geno Smith is evidence that bias against black quarterbacks remains prevalent.
Moon, who was forced to play six years in the Canadian Football League before proving he could be a record-setting NFL passer and Hall of Famer told Jarrett Bell of USA Today Smith is another example of a black quarterback being victimized by his race.
The bottom line for me is that prejudice, discrimination, intolerance or whatever you want to call it, good old fashion HATE still exists...we may have come a long way baby, but we still have a long way to go. Alright, let's get to the Rude E-Mail bag for the week. Actually, this first e-mail was sent to my boss. It was passed along to me...which means ray has an agenda.
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:29 AM
To: Scott McFarlane
Subject: What happened to your station?
What has happened to 680 the Fan? First you add Christopher Rude who knew nothing about sports, and who is still limited in his breadth of knowledge about sports, who continually makes anti Hispanic comments and can't say a Hispanics' name without jumping into some rant with a sarcastic Hispanic accent, clearly racially motivated, now you have him on air being pro gay, even calling people idiots who say that Jason Collins coming out is the same as what Jackie Robison went through. REALLY? I would not be surprised if you guys are losing market share a warp speed but what do you expect? Christopher Rude is anchoring your morning drive Sports Talk radio program. And I actually know a little bit about radio and the only way Rude can continue to be pro gay, be anti Hispanic, and anchor a morning drive show with ZERO sports experience and limited knowledge is because the PD allows it, and the PD will only allow it if DD signs off on it...so its back to ESPN radio, again.
Just because I happen to do impressions, doesn't make me a racist or anti-hispanic. I do all kinds of voices regularly on the show. Why are you so sensitive? It's just a voice. Am I saying anything unfavorable or expressing a derogatory opinion about Hispanics? The answer is NO. As far as ZERO sports experience...how much "sports experience" do you have to have to be a fan? Like everybody else who loves sports, I loved watching and playing ANY sport you could gather enough of your buds to play. I played organized, league soccer in Claremont California...but frankly wasn't good enough to play at the college level. Ray, you may be an elite athlete that I'm not familiar with? Plus, I would be willing to bet that I'm just as good at Frisbee chucking as Perry Laurentino and he played League Frisbee.
Two of the most mis-used words in the world today are “prejudice” and “closed-minded”. People think that because someone views homosexuality as a sin that they are both of those words. That is just not correct. Being closed-minded means that you do not consider any other opinions but your own. It does not mean that you have to accept other people’s opinions as truth. Being prejudice refers to prejudgment (i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts). It does not mean that I have to accept and agree with everyone else’s opinion that is opposite of my own.
I do believe that it is a sin. However, I am open-minded because I have considered the opposite opinion (I just don’t agree with it or hold it as true); and I am not prejudice because I did not have an opinion without the knowing the relevant facts of the case. It is ironic that people usually use these words to describe people who don’t hold the same opinion as their own.
Dear E-Mailer without a name,
Thanks for standing up for what you believe in
My brother is gay as were several of my closest friends at a certain time, I've seen memorials of what happened to the Jews....to compare these is ludicrous. Just silly.
Yes there is discrimination for the gay community and more than I will see as a white male...but don't compare it to genocide where millions of women and children were starved, gassed, and held captive.
Never say a "non-gay only" restaurant,,,never had a co-worker discriminated because he was gay and I have many at my company.
I like your show and listening to you and I realize you like to look from both sides...but this one is a bit much.
Again, this was not a LITERAL comparison.
You guys are talking about how gay people are not experiencing the same level of discrimination as blacks did... Well , I didn't live back in that time, but I'm sure it was rough on black people-- but no one told them they were going to hell because they were black. No one told them they were committing a sin because they were black. No one said they couldn't get married because they were black. Just sayin...
Sent from my iPhone
Dana C. Allen,
If you "could care less" then you would. If you "couldn't care less" then you would have completely bottomed out in the caring department i.e. without the ability to care any less
First I want to say that I love the show as it makes my morning commute much more tolerable.
I have never written or called into a radio show, but I was deeply affected by your conversation this morning. As a gay male and huge sports fan (surely not your only gay listener – hopefully), I truly appreciate your show’s openness toward the issue and willingness to discuss Jason Collins on the air. I feel comfortable that I can listen to 680 The Fan and not have to worry about offending language or discriminatory views. This applies to the rest of the shows as well as I also listen to Chuck and Chernoff in the afternoon.
However, this morning was a reminder of how far this country has to come and how brave Jason Collins actually is. The hatred from the callers had me in tears. This kind of talk is always a wakeup call, bringing me back to the real world from my midtown bubble. Leo is absolutely right. No one would choose to be gay if they had the opportunity to be straight. Why would anyone go through that? I don’t think anyone chooses to be heterosexual. The majority of people are just born and you grow up attracted to girls. For some males, we grow up attracted to men, and I knew it from a pretty young age. The only choice I made was choosing not to live a lie. That is the only time “choice” comes into the equation.
As far as the Jackie Robinson conversation goes, Perry is mostly right. Collins can’t be compared to Jackie Robinson, and the discrimination of gays can’t be compared to African Americans or Jews. This doesn’t mean that Jason Collins, or any gay athlete who comes out, shouldn’t be commended for being so brave. The biggest difference is that gay people can, for the most part, walk around without people knowing that they are gay. Letting people know is a choice. Jackie Robinson couldn’t hide the color of his skin. I can travel to the most anti-gay parts of the country – where I grew up for one thing- and still feel safe because no one has to know I’m gay. I can only imagine what it would be like to walk around with a huge badge on my forehead announcing to the world that I’m gay. This doesn’t make Jason Collins’ actions any less admirable because he didn’t have to do anything. No one ever had to know.
I hope this email made sense as I have found it hard to translate my feelings into words. Thanks again for a great show and please express my gratitude to the rest of the station as well.
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