Open Thread

No Hesitation


Artist – John Branch

In an interview with the Chicago Sun Times, Attorney General Eric Holder offered praise for professional athletes using their platform to raise awareness.

“As my son would point out, everybody copied him. Derrick Rose was the first one in the NBA to wear it.”

In the eyes of Holder’s 16-year-old son, Eric III, Rose ranks higher than the attorney general. “I think that’s a good thing,” Holder said. […]

“For them to get out there and to express in that way a social conscience, I think goes back to maybe people that these guys don’t even know or my son has a vague awareness of, to Jackie Robinson, who is seen as not only a great athlete, but as an involved, thinking, caring black man.

“And to have LeBron, Derrick Rose and others who wore those ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts, that shows a level of involvement. It shows a depth to them beyond just being great ballplayers.”

It’s a shame that he’s leaving office soon.

Meanwhile, I recommend reading Jessica Luther at Vice Sports on what the system looks like for victims of sexual assault on college campuses. The deck is stacked against victims in every conceivable way.

Programming note… I fully intended for today to be a full day but I woke up sick this morning and made it as long as I could. Now I’m going to collapse.