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Letter: Problems in sports, problems in America


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Serena Williams is one of the great athletes, male or female, in modern sports history.

Falling behind to an excellent opponent in the finals of the U.S. Open, she vented her frustration and was penalized for her conduct according to established rules. Later, she asserted that the rules are applied unequally for women in her sport and stated she wanted to stand up for her gender. Black NFL players have chosen to kneel for their race in protest of unequal treatment by law enforcement and the judicial system.

Sports provide a microcosm of the larger culture. That there are gender- and race-based double standards is undeniable except for those who choose to remain oblivious.

Two areas we see damaging double standards are in church and state. A patriarchal system in the Catholic Church has covered up felony crimes among members of its all male priesthood. In national politics, gender and race continue to be flash points with a current administration that is predominately male and white. How strange is it that in 2018, we are still plagued by age-old biases and stereotypes? We need the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements to remind us of white male privilege and its toxic effects in everyday life worldwide. This should not be a liberal or conservative stance but a moral imperative for anyone who believes in liberty and justice for all.

FRANK WARMAN

Hopkinton