I guess it had to happen. The merchants of racial grievance have showed up in the National Basketball Association, a league dominated by African-Americans. They’re suggesting that the diminutive Steve Nash won this year’s Most Valuable Player award over the gargantuan mega-star Shaquille O’Neal at least partly because Nash is white and O’Neal is black. Charges of racism in this case are laughable. O’Neal makes $25 million a year plus endorsements, and his face is all over NBA marketing. O’Neal is so great a player that he could win the award every year. Nash, a fine player, had a breakout year and surprisingly helped turn a poor team into one that had a great season. While I disagree with the vote, there’s no racism here. People love the underdog. As Wilt Chamberlain (the giant of his day) once said, “Nobody loves Goliath.”
Posted on May 11, 2005 by Stan Guthrie
About Stan GuthrieStan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Tell Me More, WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio's New Day Florida. A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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