Being from West Virginia I’ve grown accustomed to being the punchline or punching bag for others. And even I’ve made the occasional joke or two about being from WV, and don’t mind a good-hearted “ribbing” from friends. I’m also one of those people who believes most others are too sensitive and need to learn to take a joke. However, I recently read an article by a Vanderbilt educated attorney (turned sports writer), which stirred a mixture of anger and sadness. His name is Clay Travis and the title of his article was, “Kentucky vs. West Virginia: The Dumbest Sweet 16 Game of All Time.” And here are some quotes from Clay’s article:
Tomorrow Kentucky and West Virginia will play in a Sweet 16 match-up pitting the two dumbest fan bases to ever compete for a spot in the Elite 8.
This game will be like Woodstock for dumb people, a modern day Hatfields vs. McCoys.
Of course, basketball isn’t really life if you have anything better going on in your life, but we’re talking about people from West Virginia and Kentucky. They really don’t have anything better going on in their lives. Especially not now that “Breaking Bad” showed everyone in the entire country how to make high-quality meth.
But it’s not just me saying these fans are dumb, Kentucky has recently been ranked as the fourth dumbest overall state. West Virginia? Well, West Virginia was ranked the dumbest overall state, with just 17.3 percent of the population having a bachelor degree.
It’s an upside down world when it comes to Kentucky and West Virginia — fans in single wides cheering for coaches in mansions, basketball fans without teeth cheering for basketball players with teeth, fans who have no hope of being admitted to academic powerhouse universities like Kentucky and West Virginia living or dying to the beat of a basketball’s dribble.
Now, let me ask you a few questions, and I want you to truly think about the answer. What if Clay had written the above statements about a specific race? What would happen if he claimed that all Hispanics, African Americans, or Caucasians are dumb? What if he used statistics to prove and demonstrate that certain races have a low college graduation rate, which he correlates to stupidity? We all know the answer to those questions, but at the end of the day this is no different. To literally be cruel to a specific group of people based on where they live is no different than racism.
Clay is an example of what I see in the media on a daily basis, which is the narcissistic personality disorder. He has an insatiable need for power and attention, and will do whatever it takes to get it. And if that means stepping on and being cruel to others so be it! And I don’t say that with anger, but with sadness. It saddens me that an organization like Fox Sports would allow a man to hurt others simply to get traffic generated to their website.
Finally, let’s make no mistake about it…this is a great example of bullying those who appear to be weak. Fortunately, I was raised on the Kentucky and West Virginia border, and I can tell you we are by no means weak people. Many may not have graduated from college, and some may live in a “single wide”, but does that make them inferior to others who did graduate and live in a large home?
What do you think Clay Travis? Does your law degree and college education make you better than others? Does your nice home in Tennessee mean you are superior to the hardworking man living in a double wide a few miles away? Apparently you believe it does and that again saddens me. Do you need to feel as though you have some power. Well congratulations, because Fox Sports has given you some power, and a very large platform. Unfortunately, you have taken that powerful platform, and used it to hurt others. It’s a shame that a great writer is simply not a good man.
I find the anti-bully message from Fox Sports below ironic: