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Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant suggests systemic racism isn’t a problem for black people

Bryant flies against history and evidence of institutional racism, suggesting that black people are the cause of their societal issues.

 

Kahron Spearman

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Published Apr 11, 2017   Updated Apr 11, 2017, 4:35 pm CDT

Speaking of people who should forego performing mental gymnastics on race and intersectionality, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suggested this week, on his Instagram, that black folks’ problems start and end with black folks, and not the forever-building evidence of systemic racism. The fallout has been loud and decisive across social media.

Here’s the rundown of the short-sighted reasoning for Bryant’s assertions, which are admirable but operate without historical context. His argument is that complaining is not a solution, and that his against-all-odds success is proof that people should lift themselves by their bootstraps.

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1-4 I love to express my thoughts and feelings

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4-4 have a blessed Sunday

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Needless to say, Twitter has much to say to and about Bryant:

https://twitter.com/RandallJSharp/status/851875785917034496

https://twitter.com/FakeDesean/status/851869618314629121

 

Necessarily going back through history, Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed commentator and Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe had a “woke” response for Bryant’s “accountability” angle.

“What is happening, Dez, when you say personal accountability—OK, so I’m supposed to hold me accountable for slavery,” Sharpe asked. “What about Reconstruction? What about the Jim Crow South? What about segregation? What about the violation of my civil rights and my voting rights? So who do I hold accountable for that?”

Bryant responded Tuesday afternoon via Twitter, calling Sharpe “wrong” and saying that the TV host “twisted” his words. He also pledged to appear on Undisputed to correct the record.

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*First Published: Apr 11, 2017, 4:36 pm CDT