There’s just something about discussing race that brings out the ugliness in people, especially white people, who’d rather not think about the whole thing and just slip back into their little perfect worlds where nothing bad ever happens to people who don’t deserve it.
That’s most white people. Sometimes, you run into a special brand of white people who make you recoil in disgust — and the best place to find that particular type of white person is on social media, which is arguably the best racist-finding app in the world.
In the wake of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott — who was fatally shot by Charlotte police, in a story similar to others that have been repeated far too many times nationwide — Clevenger felt it necessary to air his opinion on social media. And that opinion?
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the Anthem!”
Gotta love that classy shot at Colin Kaepernick.
In another tweet, Clevenger said, “BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”
Such a charming person.
Both messages referred to Scott’s killing by the police, which has resulted in protests. Both tweets together, presumably, were also what got Clevenger suspended without pay from his position as a catcher for the Seattle Mariners for the entire season.
In a statement on Friday, the Mariners executive vice president and general manager said that organization was “very disappointed” in Clevenger’s messages, adding that:
“While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.”
Clevenger has since set his account to private, but the tweets were captured as screenshots — after all, this is the internet and the internet never forgets:
look at this asshole pic.twitter.com/bzOstVrLHl
— #blacklivesmatter (@cablebox666) September 22, 2016
Here’s the most amazing thing out of all this, though, and the one that’s got to leave you breathless. While he apologized for his remarks, he’s apparently “sickened” that anyone could even think that he was racist — at least, that’s what he told Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal in a statement:
“I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms. My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best and I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel. I once again apologize to anyone who was offended today and I just ask you not judge me off of a social media posting.”
I’m not sure where people would get the idea that he’s racist. I can’t even begin to understand why they’d feel that way.
He would also invoke his “first amendment rights” in the statement, calling on people to be part of a “dialogue moving forward.” Self-awareness is dead, folks, and this is proof:
“I do believe that supporting our First Amendment rights and supporting local law enforcement are not mutually exclusive. With everything going on in the world I really just want what is best for everyone regardless of who they are. I like many Americans are frustrated by a lot of things in the world and I would like to be a part of the dialogue moving forward to make this a better world for everyone.”
And by “everyone,” I’m sure he doesn’t just mean “everyone with a lighter shade of skin.” I mean, that’d imply he’s racist, and perish the thought. We don’t want to sicken the poor man by pointing out his faults.
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