Mike Gallagher

There are days when I could just kick myself for reading the New York Times.

Time and time again, we’re made to suffer through another insufferable example of political correctness in the pages of America’s supposed newspaper of record.

This week, the headline was particularly galling. It had something to do with a study that suggested that white NBA referees call more fouls on black players than white ones.

Oh brother.

It seems a couple of academic types at the University of Pennsylvania, in the ultimate display of way too much time on their hands, came to the scholarly conclusion that white NBA referees are a bunch of Ku Klux Klansmen based on some kind of inane formula that studied which fouls were called by which refs against which color of players over a period of time.

I’m no highbrow college professor, but I sure do appreciate a good NBA game. Any fan has probably noticed the fact that the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Then again, perhaps decent people don’t pay much attention to race; we just expect to see the best athletes on the floor.

That’s the trouble with the touchy-feely media and college nerds who have nothing better to do than fixate on percentages of fouls called on basketball players: race has to be about everything. If there’s an 80% majority of players in the NBA (and there is), that’s not good enough for these types. There still aren’t enough black owners. If there are plenty of black coaches and owners, that’s not acceptable because the NBA reaches out to Europe and is therefore trying to “whiten” the NBA (I’m not making this up, I had a black activist say that to me today on my radio show).

Nothing is ever enough for race-baiters. They find racism under every stone, in every walk of life.

I know I’m just a middle-aged white man, but I would think that a sport that features 80% of one particular race is a pretty good thing for that race, especially considering the kind of money NBA players earn. On the other hand, it must not be very good for the 20% of the rest of the racial population. I wonder when the University of Pennsylvania will offer a study that chronicles the apparent racism that non-black basketball players face in the NBA. Seems like a white person’s chances of starring in the NBA are pretty slim, eh?

No, that’s not a study we’ll see any time soon. The race baiters would go bonkers. Besides, basketball fans don’t care what percentage of players features one particular race over another.


Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.