Monday, December 27, 2004

The Offensive "Minister of Defense"

Reggie White was an exceptional football player, there's no arguing against that. I also don't doubt that he was basically a decent human being who did many things to try and improve the communities he lived in though you could make a case that some of his views were misguided (such as when he compained that too many churches were sending too much money to the third world rather than keeping it in the U.S.). And while his death yesterday came as a sudden shock, fans of tolerance aren't exactly shedding a tear today over his loss. Let's take a look at some of his greatest hits. From his speech to the Wisconsin State Assembly March 25, 1998:

We always should look at the situation and ask ourselves a question. Why did god create us differently? Why did god make me black and you white? Why did god make the next guy Korean and the next guy Asian and the other guy Hispanic? Why did god create the Indians?

Well, it's interesting to me to know why now. When you look at the black race, black people are very gifted in what we call worship and celebration. A lot of us like to dance, and if you go to black churches, you see people jumping up and down, because they really get into it.

White people were blessed with the gift of structure and organization. You guys do a good job of building businesses and things of that nature and you know how to tap into money pretty much better than a lot of people do around the world.

Hispanics are gifted in family structure. You can see a Hispanic person and they can put 20 or 30 people in one home. They were gifted in the family structure.

When you look at the Asians, the Asian is very gifted in creation, creativity and inventions. If you go to Japan or any Asian country, they can turn a television into a watch. They're very creative. And you look at the Indians, they have been very gifted in the spirituality.

When you put all of that together, guess what it makes. It forms a complete image of god. God made us different because he was trying to create himself. He was trying to form himself, and then we got kind of knuckleheaded and kind of pushed everything aside.

And some of his various comments about homosexuality:

Now, I believe that one of the reasons that Jesus was accused of being a homosexual is because he spent time with homosexuals. I've often had people ask me, would you allow a homosexual to be your friend. Yes, I will. And the reason I will is because I know that that person has problems, and if I can minister to those problems, I will.

PEGGY WEHMEYER of ABC's 20/20: "Just last week, Reggie White and his wife, Sara, met us for an exclusive interview. White told us he was sorry if he offended anyone, but he wasn’t backing down one inch. (on camera) Are you saying there that homosexuals are like liars, cheaters, backstabbers and malicious people?"
REGGIE WHITE "Yes." - ABC's 20/20, April 27, 1998.

Please don't construe this as taking any sort of pleasure in his passing. I'm offering this information simply in the interest of giving a little balance to the commemoration of his life as none of the commentary I saw yesterday even touched on any of this.


Blogger youthlarge said...

my sister-in-law got me one of them television watches.

December 28, 2004 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger weasel said...

Jamie, thanks for reminding me what an ass he was off the field; I almost fell for the instant canonization by ESPN (he was one of the first player 'characters' I became aware of when I moved to the States).

Nice entry of MSF too. Happy new year (a wee bit early).

December 29, 2004 at 8:47 AM  

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