Like many, I’m still processing the results of our Presidential election.
I realize this is an inexact comparison, but I feel like I did after 9-11: sad, mad, scared, and anxious over this feeling of the unknown. I have the same unsettling haunch that life will never be the same again. It sounds dramatic, but there has been a shift in our country, and I’m hoping that in the end, good will come of it after we realize there is much to learn about each other and ourselves.
While I choose to be hopeful and open-minded about this transition, it is hard for me to ignore and forget the hateful rhetoric that was used during the campaign. Many people in the sports world feel the same.
In the NBA, a league that has never shied away from political activism, coaches and players have used their platforms to speak out on the divisive political campaign and the results that followed.
Gregg Popovich, the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, didn’t hold back when it came to the President-Elect and the people who voted for him. He told reporters he was “disgusted” that voters were willing to brush aside Trump’s “xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic” language during his campaign. He went on to say:
“I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. It’s got nothing to do with the environment and Obamacare, and all of the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all of those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. They’d be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that have been said in that campaign by Donald Trump.”
Like me, Popovich is having a hard time putting all the hateful rhetoric behind him.
“The fact that people can just gloss that over, start talking about the transition team, and we’re all going to be kumbaya now and try to make the country good without talking about any of those things.” ~ Gregg Popovich
Stan Van Gundy, the president and head coach of the Detroit Pistons used his First Amendment rights to speak freely about the election and Trump.
Lastly, there was Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warrior, who commented on the “Jerry Springer” atmosphere of the campaign.
It’s the fear of the unknown that has me so anxious. And on top of that, I can’t move on until we deal with the effects of the disparaging and dehumanizing rhetoric used during the campaign.
This campaign revealed the ugliness within our country and until we recognize and deal with that, the healing can’t really begin.