Jalen Rose used his ESPN podcast recently to slander USA Basketball for adding the Cleveland Cavalier’s Kevin Love to its 12-man Olympic roster. He noted that, “Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team, and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad." The former NBA player said of the veteran power forwards addition to Team USA, "Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism.” He added that those who chose Love should not have been “scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America,” apparently forgetting or unaware that the 2016 US Olympic team was all-Black.
Accusing USA Basketball of racism for assembling a team consisting of 11 Black players and one white one is rich enough on its face. When viewed through the progressive prism of equity over all, however, it becomes the height of hypocrisy. Merit doesn’t matter, equality of outcome is everything. Mr. Rose can’t have his cake and eat it, too. Like every other organization or entity, Team USA should look like America. That means, in a just world, nearly 70% of Team USA would be white, slightly over half would be female, and at least 7 team members would be self-professed Christians.
Also, only roughly 8% of the squad would be millionaires, as opposed to 100% of the current selectees.
Apparently, in the minds of those like Rose, a “token” Black person on, say, a corporate board or the Supreme Court is a bad thing because it is not enough. Yet, placing Love on Team USA is a form of “tokenism” that is also bad because it unnecessarily keeps a qualified Black person from the position. In other words, it is too much. Therefore, a Black “token” is a symbol of systemic racism and white supremacy. And, remarkably, a white “token” is, too.
Am I the only one who wants to cry “foul” at this obvious display of hypocrisy?
Progressives, what’s wrong with just choosing Love?