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Joe Namath Tells Mike Ditka To ‘Look Up The Meaning of Oppression’ After Comments on Black People (VIDEO)
Over the years, Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka has been known for making eyebrow raising comments, whether its calling Obama the worst President in history, or telling Colin Kaepernick to get the hell out of the country. But it’s what he said on Monday that everybody speechless.
While speaking to Jim Gray before Monday Night Football, the former tight end/coach was asked, “For those who want social justice and for those who look back at the lives of Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens and John Carlos and Tommy Smith, your response would be?”
“I don’t know what social injustices [there] have been. Muhammad Ali rose to the top, Jesse Owens is one of the classiest individuals that ever lived. Are you talking that everything is based on color? I don’t see it that way. I think you have to be color blind in this country. You have to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for and how he produces, not by the color of his skin. That has never had anything to do with anything.
“But, all of a sudden, it has become a big deal now, about oppression. There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — race, religion, creed, color, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, I think you can accomplish anything, and we have watched that throughout our history of our country.”
That was more than enough for former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath to respond. He urged Ditka to please look up the definition of the word ‘oppression’ before willingly stating something so ignorant.
“Look up the meaning of oppression. Look up the definition of oppression, and you understand that it’s obviously taken place.”
“Going back to what Colin Kaepernick initially did, it was to point out some injustice that’s being done to the black race. Or to people that obviously when you look — and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people and all. He was reaching out to try to get it more investigated. So that’s where this oppression thing comes in.”