Every black athlete, and black student, at the University of Alabama should understand there are a segment of people who love the Crimson Tide, but don’t give a good damn about you.
This was recently proven (again) with the racial attacks on Alabama sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts, who led the Tide to the National title game last year going 14-1 as a freshman, lost for only the second time in his career last weekend as the Tide fell to arch rival Auburn.
The racist segment of Alabama fans are blaming the loss on Hurts, who is suddenly their nigger quarterback. Hurts was the subject of social media attacks following the game. One was critical of Hurts’ ‘Nigger shit’ (whatever that means), and another called him an “incompetent nigger.’
Actually, this is nothing new for high profile black athletes in sports and beyond. In September Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin felt was his with a vicious racial attack, following an Aggies loss to UCLA.
Hurts, only 19, is hardly the first black student to be called nigger at Alabama. You can bet Vivian Malone and James Hood heard that slur as they attempted to register at Alabama in 1963. Black people should never forget that many Alabamians never wanted black people at their schools.
(You may remember the famous picture of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace standing in the door to try to stop Malone and Hood from registering.)
Now, if you try to counter that narrative by saying that was more than 50 years ago, and these people only represent a few, just consider this is the same state that a racist, accused pedophile, is the favorite to become senator. Alabama is also the same state that voted overwhelmingly for the current president, who is a racist.
I totally understand that many people in Alabama do not think in such archaic ways. The problem is, far too many of them do.
Speaking of the Alabama citizenry, where is Nick Saban, America’s most famous current Alabama resident on this issue? He should be out front speaking to the inappropriateness of such an attack. I want to see him take these racist SOBs to task for attacking Hurts.
I’ve searched for his response to this attack, but so far, I haven’t heard him mention the incident. Maybe Saban is quiet on this issue because he does business in Alabama. He owns two car dealerships in Alabama, and one in Tennessee.
Maybe Nick knows racists drive cars, too.
So, what should be most clearly understood here for black students, athletes, professors, and any other person of color associated with Alabama? An racially charged attack on Hurts, is an attack on you. And if there are people who will turn on Hurts, consider how fast they will turn on you.