Re: Why does every conversation about David Ortiz have to be so venomous (on both sides)?
posted at 1/30/2014 4:24 PM EST
It's not about just being upset with Papi's behavior. It has gone way beyond that for some here. Look at the amount of threads, the length of the threads, and some of the vile talk about Papi on these threads.
It's hard for me to think some of it is not racially based. When a few of the posters here, who have a long history of making racial or bigoted tsatements flock to every thread about Papi quicker than lightening, the flag is raised. Then, when the classic statement, "don't play the race card" follows, I'm of the opinion that some here are in serious denial, unconcious or otherwise.
Ok, I'll buy that since I'd would never say that race is not the agenda of some who post here. I don't have that knowledge so I won't dispute what you say. However, I believe the clear majority of us, even those who have been critical of Papi for his behavior, DON'T have race as a motivating factor in our posts.
I would only point out that it offends some of us to be painted with that same broad brush - which is what happened at the beginning of this thread.
I did not mean in any way to imply that everyone who is critical of Papi is racist, and I thought I was pretty clear from the start on that.
I'm not backing down from my original position that some of this extreme vitriol is race-based.
Papi is a legend. The fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve and airs his beliefs publically should not incite this much outright hatred and bashing.
There are posters here who flock to every thread about Papi and spout the same extreme crahpola. One has never given him one compliment without some negative comment attached. ..ever! When you couple that with the fact that he hero worships this boards biggest racist/bigot and has made statements before that show his bigotry, then yeah, I'm not backing down from my opinion.