SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Garry Kasparov, the Russian who was the game’s number one player for the better part of three decades, was absolutely shocked when he heard news.com.au’s coverage of the latest debate on race and racism, which aired this past Wednesday.
It came after ABC host James Valentine saw a post on Twitter noting white moved first in the popular board game and thought it was worthy of further discussion.
Apparently, Kasparov did not agree as to the worthiness of the conversation.
“If you are worried that the game of chess is racist, please take up Go, where black moves first, instead of looking foolish by wasting taxpayer money at a state broadcaster to ‘investigate’ it!” the 57-year-old tweeted.
If you are worried that the game of chess is racist, please take up Go, where black moves first, instead of looking foolish by wasting taxpayer money at a state broadcaster to "investigate" it! https://t.co/DPjvvWbqcb
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) June 23, 2020
John Adams, an economist and former representative of the Australian Chess Federation was asked to be part of the conversation. He tweeted about the interaction as well.
“The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first,” he said.
Adams pointed out that they were looking for a chess “official” to comment on whether the rules should be altered.
“Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia,” he added.
the rules of chess need to be altered!
Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia!
With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics!
— John Adams (@adamseconomics) June 23, 2020
“Adams later told a different radio host the argument has been circulating in chess circles for years.
‘All of this stuff is completely ridiculous,’ he said on Radio 2GB. ‘We’ve got bigger issues that are facing Australia and I don’t want the ABC talking about this sort of nonsense.’”
The segment’s host, unable to have an appearance from Adams, was able to speak to Dr. Kevin Bonham, a committee member of the Australian Chess Federation.
James Valentine stated that the intent was not to label the game racist, but to have a discussion.
Dr. Bonham said “there is no evidence to suggest the notion of having white move first was racially motivated.”
“The pieces themselves don’t represent racial teams, they just represent the sort of combatants in a battle wearing different colored uniforms if you want.”
A contributor on Australia’s Today Show asked a very poignant question: “where does it stop?”
“Is Hungry Hungry Hippos fat-shaming people? What about Mouse Trap. You are enslaving a little mouse.”
Do you think chess is racist? ♟️ #9Today pic.twitter.com/yn7iKZDBl6
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 24, 2020
We are not attempting to undermine or distract from the very real real problem of racism. I will stand against racism and fight it when I see it take place. I will call it what it is. But can we please stop making everything about race, especially when it ha absolutely nothing to do with it?
Chess is racist?
Did you know Star Wars is racist?
Need more examples of this kind of stupidity? Here is an article we carried earlier this week detailing how milk and Jesus are now both racist.
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I cannot make this up. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t make this up. I am just not that creative. In this ever-evolving landscape of “everything is racist”, we have two new submissions for your consideration of things that are symbolic of white supremacy.
Milk and Jesus.
I told you we cannot make this stuff up.
Let me explain the logic behind the arguments of PETA (milk) and Shaun King (Jesus). I will pause momentarily while you search for the sarcasm/irony in the previous sentence. Here’s a hint: there is no logic behind their arguments.
According to a 2017 article written by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), white people tend to be more lactose tolerant, thus, milk is a symbol of white supremacy.
They pointed to research that shows almost 90 percent of African Americans and most Latinos, Asians, and Southern Europeans lack the genes necessary to digest lactose, the primary sugar in milk.
So, this must be another indicator of white privilege. Since only white people as a whole can consume cow dairy, the very presence of milk in grocery store refrigerators and school lunch trays must be based in racial superiority.
What PETA, and so many others making these claims, avoided mentioning is that most people, regardless of race, stop producing the enzyme needed to tolerate and process dairy around age 5.
The vast majority of the world (nearly 70%) is allergic to milk and other dairy products. The reaction to cow dairy is different with each individual, but the science remains…milk isn’t a drink that is harmful to one or two races, while only white people can benefit from its “nutritional” value.
Of course, those glossed-over facts do not stop people with an agenda from continuing to spread the “milk is racist” propaganda.
But, right in the middle of the article by PETA, as they claim that white people alone have the ability to drink dairy because, well…racism, they also mention that the same genetic mutation that allows whites to consume milk is also found in black cattle ranchers in Africa.
PETA’s thoughts on that fact:
“That should make racists think twice.”
So, what does it mean that black Americans profited from endorsing milk if it was a poison to “almost 90% of their own community? Remember the “got milk?” and “milk mustache” ads?
But just in case you think this is the craziest part of this what you are going to read today…just wait.
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Now, in case milk being racist isn’t a wild enough proposition, Jesus himself is a symbol of white supremacy, at least according to Shaun King.
Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
They are a form of white supremacy.
Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
Tear them down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. King, he is a far-left, social justice activist who made a name for himself on social media, as a black man. The reality is that both of his biological parents are white, according to his birth certificate.
“If your religion requires Jesus to be a blonde haired, blue eyed Jesus, then your religion is not Christianity, but white supremacy,” King said. “Christian whiteness, not white Christianity, has been the primary religion of this country for hundreds of years.”
I for one was raised in a Christian home. I was never once told Jesus was white. I honestly do not think anyone I know believes that Jesus was white. I have never seen Jesus depicted as blonde-haired and blue-eyed. But none of that matters to King…because the current climate says that if you hate something bad enough, call it racist and tear it down.
“King followed the post up with another, saying that a ‘white Jesus is a lie’ and a ‘tool of white supremacy’ created to help white people use Christianity as a “tool of oppression. He added that white people would never have accepted a religion ‘from a Brown man.’
King then tweeted support from taking down all imagery, including ‘murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends.’
‘They are a gross form white supremacy,’ King wrote. ‘Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.’
Reactions on Twitter were mixed. Some agreed with King’s position, while others pointed out that cultures other than white Europeans have depicted Jesus in ways that resembled the local community.”
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who is an ordained minister, joined Fox News to discuss King’s comments.
“To say that Jesus is a symbol of white anything is absurd. In part, because Jesus wasn’t a white guy. He was a middle-Easterner, and probably had more olive skin than he did white skin. I just find that this had fallen onto a level that extends beyond the theater of the absurd.”
“It has to be one of the most unbelievable things I have ever heard. First of all, if anyone studied Jesus, they would find that He was the ultimate person that loved the unlovable, who cared for the ones that no one else cared for. He care abut people who were slaves. He cared about people who were prostitutes. He stepped in the path of the ones who were going to stone a woman caught in adultery. He was the one who intervened.
So, you can take down the art and the images depicting Jesus, but you could never take the true spirit of Jesus Christ out of the lives of His followers.”
Well said Governor. That is the reality of who Jesus is. His skin color is irrelevant.
I am reminded of a TV show in the 80’s called ‘Gimme A Break’, starring Nell Carter. She played a nanny to a white family. The father was the chief of police and his wife had passed away. She took the children to her home and they saw a painting of Jesus and He was black. One of the children commented about it.
Nell’s character calmly replied, and I am paraphrasing: “Jesus is a lot of things to a lot of people. They see Him the way they want to see him. White folks like Him white. Black folks like Him black. Kermit the Frog likes Him green.”
But this is the world we live in now. Anyone can say what they want…and if they use the word ‘racist’ in their arguments, then it must be so.
“Cops are racist. Defund them.”
“Milk is a white supremacist drink.”
“Jesus is a symbol of white supremacy.”
Sadly, I think we are just getting started.
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