Letters to editor logo 1-18-21

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

On May 16 I was watching an interview with an African American lawyer who indicated he only represents the African American population and he showed excerpts from various BLM protests. In one of those excerpts I saw, clearly at the front of a protesting group, an African American man is holding a sign that said something like improve the racial bias in sports, and it really took me back. Being a white man in this country, I am now wondering what is now meant by "racial bias in sports." Have not all sports fans supported all members of all major sports? Do not all of this country's athletes make a very good income for what they do for only a short time during the year? Do not the owners of all sports franchises select the most qualified players who can put on the best show for them and win the most games for them so they can make the most money possible? If this is not so, why are so many of these athletes of all colors and nationalities becoming multimillionaires shortly after they are drafted?

It may be time for all of us to realize that just because we are a specific color, nationality, race, height, weight, sex or anything else, we don't have a given right to be something we are not. It seems like a good time to learn to live by the God-given skills, talents, personalities and abilities we each have. And, maybe as important as anything else, hopefully, we all need to agree that the good/best things in life are earned and not free.

Lanny Johnston

Casa Grande

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