Double standards nothing new
Alan Stewart, Staff Writer
Two months ago, the American gold medal winner in the 1976 men’s Olympic decathlon, Bruce Jenner, 65, who was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976, announced that he was transgender and would be known now as Caitlyn Jenner, a female.
There was little backlash, as Jenner, who still has ‘man parts’ was praised by many for showing courage and standing up for what he/she believed in his/her heart as the way he/she had identified himself/herself.
Jenner is to be given the Arthur Ashe Award by ESPN next month. The award, named after a former American World No. 1 professional tennis player, ‘is one of the most prestigious in sports. Recipients reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost. The award is inspired by the life that Ashe lived, using his fame and stature to advocate for human rights, although, at the time, those positions may have been unpopular and were often controversial.’
Supporters said there’s no issue with someone claiming to be something they biologically weren’t to begin with. If a man like Jenner lived a lie all his life and now wants to identify himself as a woman, and wants to be a woman, there’s no problem, supporters say.
A couple of weeks ago Rachel Dolezal, the leader of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP ‘ a woman who claimed to be black ‘ was outed by her parents as being white, and one researcher discovered she has only white ancestors during the last 400 years.
Dolezal has subsequently said that she considers herself to be black.
Unlike the outpouring of support that Jenner received for what amounts to the same thing ‘ saying she’s something she biologically isn’t ‘ a petition called for Dolezal to resign her position in the NAACP, which she did. The City of Spokane has launched a probe into whether or not she broke city rules when she listed herself as Caucasian, Native American and black on her application for a position with the city police’s oversight commission.
Last week, the writer of a column picked up by Time magazine blasted Dolezal because the weave and other typically-black hairstyles Dolezal sports, were done only for personal gain. No one really knows for sure if that’s true or not.
Recent double standards don’t end there.
Last week, the Golden State Warriors knocked off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, four games to two, to capture the 2015 NBA world championship.
Prior to Game 4, Warriors coach Steve Kerr decided to start Andre Iguodala in place of Andrew Bogut. The move worked, and Golden State tied up the series 2-2. But, during a press conference prior to the game, Kerr said there would be no lineup changes.
Kerr admitted to the falsehood, saying that his options when asked about a line-up change were to ‘tell the truth, or evade the question and start this Twitter phenomenon, or lie. So, I lied.’
To his point, Kerr said the championship trophy is based on the team that wins the game and not morality.
‘They give it to you if you win. So, sorry about that.’
After Game 5, which the Warriors won to set themselves up for the championship, James was asked whether he felt less pressure in the series compared with previous years because his team was missing key players because of injuries.
‘Nah, I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple,’ James said.
Kerr admitted to lying and was given a free pass and credited as being a keen strategist.
James told the truth (well, some people would debate his comment) and was grilled as being egotistical.
Take Steph Curry, or any other teammate on his roster, away from Golden State and they may have still been in the NBA finals. Take James off Cleveland’s roster, however, and they wouldn’t have come close to the playoffs, let alone the finals.
The fact that Cleveland was able to win one game, let alone two, with James and cast of also-rans shows just how good James is.
Double standards have existed throughout human history, so the two described here shouldn’t be overly shocking.
Still, it’s all enough to make your head spin and remind us of another double standard: the more things change, the more they stay the same.