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A Small Victory in the Struggle Against Racism

October 18, 2009

On Friday, it was announced that the group of businessmen who had put in a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams professional football team decided against having radio pundit Rush Limbaugh be an ownership partner.

It was only a few weeks ago that the news media reported that syndicated radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, was being included as a business partner to buy a professional football team. Activists and groups responded quickly to the news.


First, the head of the NFL players union released a statement in opposition to Limbaugh being a part-owner in the league. “Sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”

Next, a petition campaign was begun online that used a new video from Robert Greenwald. The web page included a list of racist comments that Limbaugh has made over the years, such as:

Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”

The video posting and the online discussion were so overwhelming in just a few days that the group of businessmen, known for supporting right-wing causes, decided to drop Limbaugh from the ownership team. A small victory.

On Friday, Limbaugh responded to the announcement with this statement: “This is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we’re going to have…..This is the latest assault on people who believe in rugged individualism and liberty and freedom who threaten the whole notion of state control tyranny and central authority which is typified by the Obama administration and the Democrat Party.”

GRIID has been reading the comments on youtube in response to the Greenwald video and it was quite scary. There is a tremendous amount of racist sentiment across the country. Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting also issued a media advisory on Friday pointing out how much of the media discourse on this issue doesn’t provide any context to Limbaugh’s history of racist remarks.

For those fighting against racism in the US, this is a small victory, but it also shows there is much work to be done.

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