Alert: NBA Coach Takes Page From Obama, Announces Plans for White People

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While the firestorm still rages over national anthem protests in the NFL, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich created a stir of his own with comments on white privilege

Popovich, an outspoken liberal who has led the Spurs to five NBA championships since taking over the head coaching position back in 1996, made the controversial statement during rambling remarks on race and society during the Spurs’ media day on Monday.

Calling America an “embarrassment to the world,” Popovich said white people had to be discomfited in order for progress to be made.

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“There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change. Whether it’s the LGBT movement, or women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter,” Popovich said, according to CBS Sports.

People have to be made to feel uncomfortable. And especially white people, because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue what being born white means. If you read some of the recent literature, you realize there really is no such thing as whiteness, we’ve made it up,” he said. “That’s not my original thought, but it’s true. It’s hard to sit down and decide that, yes, it’s like you’re at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash, you’ve got that kind of lead.”

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It is curious that a man who is paid millions of dollars to lead a multiracial team of multimillionaires is telling Americans struggling to make mortgage payments that they have it so much better than they know because of their lack of melanin. Popovich decried “the childishness, the gratuitous fear mongering and race-baiting” going on in America during his remarks. I don’t think he got the irony.

This is hardly a new tactic from the left, however, which has used “demographics is destiny” as a byword for their divide-and-conquer strategy on race-baiting. And it’s something we saw quite a bit of during the presidency of Barack Obama.

During his famous mea culpa speech back during the 2008 campaign in which he tried to wash his hands of his association with the openly-racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the man who would become president equated Wright’s febrile race rants with the idea that some white people didn’t realize just how privileged they are.

“In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community,” Obama told a crowd in Philadelphia. “Most working- and middle-class white Americans don’t feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. Their experience is the immigrant experience — as far as they’re concerned, no one handed them anything. They built it from scratch. They’ve worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pensions dumped after a lifetime of labor.”

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At least Obama had the grace to acknowledge that “to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns — this too widens the racial divide and blocks the path to understanding.”

Popovich doesn’t sound terribly interested in the “path to understanding” anyone who disagrees with him — but then, he’s not running for office. He can let us know how he really feels, and boy did he ever.

H/T PJ Media

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