Colin Cowherd Stumbles Into Weird Racist Grey Area
July 23 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
Colin Cowherd loves him some generalizin' 'bout groups of people. Poor, rich, white, black, European, southern -- whomever it is, the newest member of team Fox Sports consistently walks a fine line between armchair sociology professor and "guy who doesn't think very highly of people who are different than him." Sometimes he'll pick on a particular culture's archaic views -- and rightfully so -- while other times he'll point to a fundamental characteristic (like intelligence) that does not waiver across the the spectrum of humanity, implying that certain groups of people are lesser than others.
He thought John Wall's pregame dancing made him a thug.
He described Oregon as being a really good place, in part because it was "mostly white."
Now he's holding up the proliferation of Dominican players in Major League Baseball as evidence baseball is a simple game. (Read: Dominicans are stupid.)
"I mean the Marlins put a general manager in their dug out. People freaked out. Oh, it's baseball! You don't think a general manager can manage? The game is too complex? Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic."
After a nervous glance at his producer, Cowherd quickly tried to clarify that he was referring to the lack of education available to people growing up in the Dominican Republic.
"The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world class academic abilities," he said, as if the fact that someone who hasn't read Chaucer somehow isn't capable of understanding complex thoughts.
"Lots of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities, academically, that other kids have in other countries."
Really, Colin? Is it their academic backgrounds that limits Dominicans' abilities to grasp more nuanced sports? Is that what you really think?
"Baseball is like most sports, mostly instinct."
Yes, it is, which would've been a reasonable premise for your claim that baseball is, in fact, simple. No need to shoehorn your assessment of an entire country's intelligence in there.
Oh, and while we're on the subject, the Dominican Republic has a literacy rate of 91.8-percent -- which is roughly 2-percent higher than the great, mostly white state of Oregon.
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