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Ohio State Professor Apologizes for 'Hurt, Sadness, Frustration, Fatigue, Exhaustion and Pain' Caused By Pro-Football Article

Matthew Mayhew is sorry. Very, very sorry.

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Matthew Mayhew is sorry. Very, very sorry.

"I am sorry for the hurt, sadness, frustration, fatigue, exhaustion and pain this article has caused anyone, but specifically Black students in the higher education community and beyond," writes the Ohio State University professor. "I am struggling to find the words to communicate the deep ache for the damage I have done."

Yet finds them he does—in a lengthy article for Inside Higher Ed so hyperbolic and servile in tone that it verges on parody. Indeed, I emailed the professor to confirm that his apology was sincere; he did not respond to a request for comment. Perhaps he is busy with the "long process of antiracist learning" that he has pledged to undertake.

"I am designing a plan for change, for turning the 'I am sorry' to 'I will change'—for moving Black Lives Matter from a motto to a pathway from ignorance and toward authentic advocacy," Mayhew writes. "To do this, a colleague of mine asked me to center the question: What can I do to unlearn patterns that hurt and harm Black communities and other communities of color? My center is as a learner, so movement for me will involve unlearning and relearning by listening, reading, dialoguing, reflecting and writing as a means for increasing my awareness and knowledge about systemic racism and the experiences of people of color and people who hold marginalized identities different from my own."

At this point, you're probably curious about what crime Mayhew committed. You're thinking, at the very least, this guy wore a heck of a lot of blackface 30 years ago.

Mayhew's transgression is this: Last week, he penned an article for Inside Higher Ed titled "Why America Needs College Football." It made the apparently controversial, venomously hateful, and insidiously racist claim that Football Is Good:

As college campuses attempt to find a new normal suitable for the COVID-19 realities, college athletics, especially college football, have garnered much attention. Debates continue about whether players should be required to play this fall season. Although many people have been outspoken about the financial and health ramifications of allowing—or requiring—players to gear up, few, if any, have addressed the essential role that college football may play toward healing a democracy made more fragile by disease, racial unrest and a contested presidential election cycle.

Essentializing college football might help get us through these uncharacteristically difficult times of great isolation, division and uncertainty. Indeed, college football holds a special bipartisan place in the American heart.

Mayhew's piece—co-authored with a graduate student named Musbah Shaheen, who has YET TO ATONE as far as I can tell—is too bland and mawkish for my tastes. It's filled with platitudes about how we may root for different teams, but deep down, blah blah, you get the idea. There's little in the way of original analysis or research here. Criticizing the piece is perfectly fine.

It's also true that the college football industry does not always put players first; that black athletes face unique challenges, including in terms of their health, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic; and that the college athletics industry too often renders education a secondary mission of universities. In light of all that, I would accept Mayhew's piece as a tad naive, or out of its depths.

But his apology goes well beyond that:

I learned that I could have titled the piece "Why America Needs Black Athletes." I learned that Black men putting their bodies on the line for my enjoyment is inspired and maintained by my uninformed and disconnected whiteness and, as written in my previous article, positions student athletes as white property. I have learned that I placed the onus of responsibility for democratic healing on Black communities whose very lives are in danger every single day and that this notion of "democratic healing" is especially problematic since the Black community can't benefit from ideals they can't access. I have learned that words like "distraction" and "cheer" erase the present painful moments within the nation and especially the Black community.

More:

I am just beginning to understand how I have harmed communities of color with my words. I am learning that my words—my uninformed, careless words—often express an ideology wrought in whiteness and privilege. I am learning that my commitment to diversity has been performative, ignoring the pain the Black community and other communities of color have endured in this country. I am learning that I am not as knowledgeable as I thought I was, not as antiracist that thought I was, not as careful as I thought I was. For all of these, I sincerely apologize.

Even more:

I know it's not anyone's job to forgive me, but I ask for it—another burden of a white person haunted by his ignorance. To consider the possible hurt I have played a role in, the scores of others whose pain I didn't fully see, aches inside me—a feeling different and deeper than the tears and emotions I've experienced being caught in an ignorant racist moment.

And those are just the highlights! Mayhew even thanks three academics who had evidently called him out initially for helping him come to terms with his racism.

"I know they are taking a risk by partnering with me on this pathway," he writes, sounding very much like Winston Smith after a visit to Room 101. "I know that they are carrying a burden by even taking any time with me. I want to thank them."

Is this real? Are James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian up to their old tricks again? Can a person really be this sorry for… um… liking football?

Mayhew is a real person, according to OSU's website. I emailed him to confirm that the apology is sincere. "Were you held hostage while you were writing it?" I asked. "Blink twice if this is actually you." Alas, he did not respond.

On Twitter, New York magazine's Jonathan Chait notes that such a dramatic public apology is obviously weird and bad. "The obsequious tone of the groveling should be a red flag that there's something seriously awry with this mode of discussion," says Chait.

Indeed, I find it odd that Inside Higher Ed's editors published it. Maybe they, too, are sorry. So very sorry.

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  1. WHAT

    THE

    FUCK

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    1. In the 1950s many writers asked themselves how the towering German and Russian cultures that produced some of the greatest achievements of human intellected could have been captured by Himmler, Hitler, Yagoda, Yezhov, Beria and Stalin.
      The antics of academia are sobering.

      The brutal absurdity of the Chinese cultural revolution is proof that thousands of years of culture are no guaranty against butt naked craziness.

      1. It is sad that the original author and Mr Soave both missed the realization of how football as violent entertainment is so popular, even replacing public hangings.

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      2. But I don’t think even the Chinese Communists’ public confessions were required to be so prolix.

    2. This article is incredibly misleading. A quick google search will show that the coach was not apologizing simply for the article, but a series of actions and comments leading up to it.

      Not reporting on the broader context is extremely misleading reporting.

      In fact, seeing this broader picture, it becomes more obvious that the coach’s apology was insincere and over the top precisely because he is attempting to due an about face and put this to rest.

      People may still think this is a case of cultural political correctness run amok, but the article seems to deliberately distort the actual nature of the controversy, taking the least controverisal thing the coach did and treating it as the sole cause for an over the top apology.

      1. What are you talking about? This isn’t a coach from Ohio State apologizing, this is a professor that wrote an article about how football is good. There is NO reason he should ever have apologized. I think you’re confusing the professor with someone else.

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          1. I am sorry for the hurt, sadness, frustration, fatigue, exhaustion and pain this article has caused anyone, but specifically people making $90 an hour online. I am struggling to find the words to communicate the deep ache for the damage I have done by making double that amount an hour online by ghost-writing obsequious apologies.

      2. Not true. The second article is in response to and an apology for the first article. It makes no reference to anything else he might be guilty of. And why do you call him “coach”? I see nothing on his bio identifying him as one.

        1. I believe he misspelled “cuck.”

      3. This article is incredibly misleading…
        the coach was not apologizing simply for the article…
        the coach’s apology…
        taking the least controverisal thing the coach did

        What coach? He’s not a coach. He’s a prof who wrote an article.

    3. I am a bigger Racist than you

  2. The struggle sessions will continue until morale improves.

    1. Within academia, and I suppose all echelons of higher awareness, everything is an opportunity to allege racism. Every, thing.

      Feeding my cat racist
      Walking my dog racist
      Watching tv racist
      Listening to radio racist
      Commenting on Reason super racist

      1. Don’t forget that not feeding your cat, not walking your dog, turning off the TV or radio, and not commenting on Reason are also all very racist

        1. Enslaving a pet is racist or petist or something.

          Letting it go after it has adapted to slavery is also dubious, I am sure.

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        2. This is literally true- because every action you take that is not dedicated to destroying the system so that it can be rebuilt in Utopia is in fact racist. The only un-racist people in this country are the anti-racist people in masks and hoodies burning down Black-owned small businesses.

        3. “white silence is violent”??

        4. Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

          A: Because you are a racist.

  3. Matthew Mayhew is sorry. Very, very sorry.

    You’re telling me!

    1. Yeah, “sorry” has more than one meaning.

  4. If he had written an article arguing that football should be banned indefinitely as a distraction from education and an unfair burden on black men, he’d have been forced to write the same article, explaining that he had no right to take away a crucial opportunity from black men.

    1. ^This^

      You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t so the last thing anyone with an ounce of self respect should is apologize to these clowns.

    2. “How could he begin to feel what black people feel”? He is writing from a white perspective…cultural appropriation?

    3. Yep. This is just another shovelful on the bullshit pile named “everything people like is racist”.

  5. And you wonder why we like Trump. He was finally a goddamn republican who punched back on these fucking left wing clowns.

    Seriously you assholes, stand up for yourselves and tell blmantifa to fuck the hell off.

    1. Trump doesn’t have the intellectual capability of standing up to this, of exposing the bankruptcy behind it. He’s a conman; he only believes in himself not in any liberal principles.
      You can support him because you think the alternative is worse; as in, he’s a demagogic conman but at least he’s OUR conman. But to like him, to believe he opposes this for anything other than self interest is grossly misreading him and what he’s about.

      1. What’s the name of the only President in the last 40 years not to start any new wars?

        1. How does that even address, much less disprove, his assertion? Donald Trump is a fly-by-night conman and fake billionaire. Everyone has known this since the 80s, and then they learned it again in the 90s, and the 00s, and in the 10s each time he reinvented himself with someone else’s money. I’m not sure why his tax returns are such a revelation for people. It’s just putting numbers to the things everyone already knew about him, or should have known because it was (and is) a matter of extremely public record. He’s been scamming people and LARPing as a rich person for over forty years at this point, but he he is living proof that a sucker is born every minute.

      2. Quite so. Are Biden and Trump the best the two parties can do? Let us go back to one party or none.

    2. Trump also brought back Big 10 football. Which should help in swing states like Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Brilliant.

    3. “And you wonder why we like Trump.”

      Nope. Sorry. Still don’t like Trump. Not an excuse. He’s still an idiot.

  6. Well, looking at the ‘science’ (ethnic distribution of players) of football, it is certainly a racist institution, and anyone speaking favorably of football should lose their job as well as their mind. I cannot think of another endeavor, except professional basketball where there is a single race so overrepresented.

    This also confirms the famous words of Captain Nathan Cutting Brittles, “Never apologise, Mister. It’s a sign of weakness.”

    1. It’s inherently non-racist. You recruit the best players, or you lose. No one bothers with quotas.

      1. “If the distribution of races, sexes (real and imagined), religions, national origins, and whatever else does not match the distribution in the general population to the fourth decimal place, you are a racist, sexist, bigot.”

        Thus speaks the woke mobs..

        1. If you’re a real racist NFL team owner, and you don’t draft black QBs, your team gets shredded by Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes and run over by Lamar Jackson. If you’re so racist you don’t draft white running backs, your defense has to chase Christian McCaffrey all over the field.

      2. It is a long con played at the expense of black men. Black men who devote way too many high school and college hours to a pipe dream instead of getting an education.

        1. No matter what you devote your college hours to, you won’t get an education these days.

      3. But suggesting that CEOs or head coaches or any other job might work the same way is racist. Why are NFL and NBA coaches basically on a quota system as far as the media is concerned–they constantly report how few black coaches there are but NEVER say that there are too many blacks on the court or on the field even though the numerical disparity is much larger in that direction.

  7. jfc reading his words made my brain bleed.

    1. These people feel shame in all the wrong ways.

    2. What happened to being ashamed of being a blubbering pussy ?

      1. “blubbering pussy” was in my original post but i went w/”his” instead

        1. “blubbering pussy”

          I think I saw them at an underground club in ’89.

  8. A professor from The Ohio State University is not going to be fed to the mob by his employer for supporting college football.

  9. Ha! I read that “apology” today and really couldn’t tell if it was parody or the writer was on hallucinogens, given the bizarre confessions of allegedly racist behavior. Alas, a couple of months ago IHE has turned off their reader comment functionality, where one used to occasionally find commenters who could shed light on controversies and underlying facts/context.

    1. It was Ann Arbor, not Columbus, that decriminalized all hallucinogens. Maybe it’s a false flag operation

  10. I hope its a parody, and if it isn’t, I hope it inspires an entire generation to start offering parody apologies. Go all out, claim that you are personally responsible for the enslavement of every single black american. Use the social justice lingo and take the entire blame of the entire universe to the point they know you’re openly mocking them, but there asses can’t do anything that wouldn’t involve admitting that their requests are ridiculous.

    1. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

      1. What a fucking racist idea! Are you implying that he now has to write content just to satisfy your prurient slave fetish?

    2. Dear World,

      I am literally the most racist person in the world. I have enslaved all of you, and only through active anti-racist work can I begin to give you back the power you need as oppressed minorities. So here is my deal to you:

      Rather than oppress you further, I ask all of the country to give me $1 per person, which I will then use to tear down the racist institutions I have helped build. I am so very, very sorry. And by re-evaluating my place from evil oppressor to a servant working FOR YOU, I can begin to ATONE for my sins.

      Yours Truly,
      Overt

      1. Overt: Obviously you are running for some office, becoming a politician. I’m sorry, so very very sorry for you.

        1. No, this is a straightforward, honest scam, like the many other posts with links and dollar amounts.
          If he demanded $100.00 from each person, with matching funds from the federal government, he would be a politician.

  11. “Mayhew’s piece—co-authored with a graduate student named Musbah Shaheen, who has YET TO ATONE as far as I can tell—”

    I thought this part was both humorous and succinct in making its point.

  12. Fuck dat racist mugwump edamite.

  13. I learned that Black men putting their bodies on the line for my enjoyment is inspired and maintained by my uninformed and disconnected whiteness and, as written in my previous article, positions student athletes as white property.

    So the prof is saying we should leave Black athletes in the hood rather than bring them onto campus to play football. Why does this fucking racist still have a job? The Red Guards knew how to take care of such trash back during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. (Good times. Good times.)

    1. Anyone ask Steve Young about putting his body on the line for our enjoyment (how many concussions did he play through)? Or Marc Theisman? How about Tom Brady, Peyton and Eli Manning, Bret Favre, Aaron Rodgers?

      1. Troy Aikman. But him being a Cowboy is probably racist too so he can’t be on the list. How about those cornfed, white farmboys that spend years crushing anonymously on the offensive lines. Look them up at age 50 – if they make that long.
        Theisman is Joe, not Marc, but yeah, how’s that leg these days.

        1. How am I supposed to feel about Doug Williams? Black QB wins super bowl for Redskins.

          1. Just think of Patrick Mahomes … the best of both worlds. In addition to owning part of a pro baseball team. GO CHIEFS

    2. Why is enjoying the product of black people’s voluntary labor expressing ownership? If I make gourmet cheeses and left wingers eat them are they claiming ownership of my body because I labored to produce them?

      Don’t make it white vs black in athletics. Pick something totally unrelated so they can see how stupid their premise is.

  14. I wonder if any of these SJW have asked blacks about this shit? I am betting like the Washington Redskins controversy and Defund the Police movement they’ll find their support among the groups the claim to be fighting for is far less than they expect. In fact I bet they find that most blacks probably find this shit ridiculous.

    1. Of course they haven’t, nor have they thought about this in the context of their larger belief system.

      What could possibly be more inequitable than rewarding people with millions of dollars for traits they just happened to be born with? They work hard, but no amount of hard work gets you to the NFL (or a D1 program), genetic gifts do. It doesn’t matter how hard I work, I will never run a 4.4s 40-yard dash so I will never be a professional wide receiver.

      By merit, most of these professional athletes would be working at Foot Locker. Instead they are millionaires, purely by happenstance of being born to the right people at the right time. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be dismantling? Or is being born in the right place at the right time to the right people only a problem if you’re white?

      1. Genetics have a lot to do with intelligence too. No amount of hard work will get a person without the aptitude into any highly intellectually or physically demanding job that lots of people want.

    2. I certainly hope so. If not, we’re fucked on the race issue. This kind of absurdity can only make things worse (not that the reality is really all that bad at this point).

    3. Of course not, silly! Blacks are too far gone from having been oppressed to be able to form any of their own logical conclusions or have their own ideas! They must be treated as a subservient bloc for the greater good as progressive tell them it will be.

  15. “The only way to regain the respect of your fellows is to acknowledge
    your shortcomings.

    Go to the rostrum and confess. We will tell you what to say.

    – They’re right, of course.
    – They’re right, of course.

    – Quite right.
    – Quite right.

    – I’m inadequate.
    – I’m inadequate.

    – Disharmonious.
    – Disharmonious.

    – I’m truly grateful.
    – I’m truly grateful.

    – Believe me.
    – Believe me.

    Believe me… Believe me.

    – Believe me!
    – Believe me… Believe me.

    BELIEVE ME!”

  16. I think I understand what happened. From the good perfesser’s webpage:

    “Education
    PhD, Higher Education Administration: Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2004”

    They’re just fucking with the guy from Michigan.

    1. Not to mention “Research, Evaluation, and Assessment [Researcher]” is just begging to be the butt of jokes.

    2. That’d be a great twist.
      This guy switching his allegiance from his alma mater to OSU is extremely suspect. Would any self-respecting football fan be able to do that with a conference rival?

      1. On second glance, he actually went to two different (non BIG TEN) universities for undergrad and grad school, and worked at three other universities before ending up at ISU.

    3. PhD … Piled Higher and Deeper

  17. Life in academia destroys people. Let’s not replicate the model.

  18. I’m going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that pathetic groveling sissies are not the best people to teach anything to college students.

    -jcr

  19. I am learning that my commitment to diversity has been performative. . . . I am learning that I am not as knowledgeable as I thought I was, not as antiracist that thought I was

    It seems to me like these are legitimate realizations going on in certain quarters of the left. The problem is that they want to pretend that this is everybody else going through this.

  20. “To do this, a colleague of mine asked me to center the question: What can I do to unlearn patterns that hurt and harm Black communities and other communities of color?”

    Stop paying more for the black community to be single parent households?

    1. “I mean without pointing to Democratic policy failures.”

    2. I forget who was the subject of the article I read the other day, suffice it to say that it was a prominent black man who was answering criticism against him for supporting a nuclear family. He was being told that the nuclear family was a construct of white western culture.

      So, that democratic policy is just destroying racism.

  21. black athletes face unique challenges, including in terms of their health, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Having the same skin color as a lot of diabetic people does not place the college-aged athletes at higher risk.

    1. If anything being a college aged athlete, of any skin color, should put one in a very low risk category.

      Or does he actually believe that the Trumpenfuhrervirus has been engineered to target black people as part of Der Fuhrer’s final solution?

      1. Welllll…… the NHL just had a 2 month playoff with 24 teams at the start, and as far as I know they had zero positive tests. Baseball has had a bunch, and I think the NBA & NFL have had some too.

        So there ya go. Clearly trump has had covid engineered to target athletes of color. And old people.

        1. and only one guy who tested positive had serious complications and was out of action for the season

    2. Poor nutrition, Vitamin D deficiency, obesity, sedentary lifestyle… all contributing factors for many African Americans that probably don’t affect college athletes.

    3. Forcing black collegiate athletes to wear masks is disproportionately likely to get them shot by the police.

  22. Did you catch this: “Matthew J. Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Higher Education at Ohio State University.”

    Professor of Higher Education? Really?

    1. Probably a type for “Hire Education”, ie, he’s a football scholarship recruiter.

  23. “I am designing a plan for change, for turning the ‘I am sorry’ to ‘I will change’—for moving Black Lives Matter from a motto to a pathway from ignorance and toward authentic advocacy,” Mayhew writes. “To do this, a colleague of mine asked me to center the question: What can I do to unlearn patterns that hurt and harm Black communities and other communities of color? My center is as a learner, so movement for me will involve unlearning and relearning by listening, reading, dialoguing, reflecting and writing as a means for increasing my awareness and knowledge about systemic racism and the experiences of people of color and people who hold marginalized identities different from my own.”

    Cool story struggle session, bro.

  24. Is there a Nobel for being a giant pussy?

  25. Enjoy the laughs, Robby, while you can.

    A life on the wrong side of history, at the increasingly disaffected political fringe, is your destiny.

    For a relatively young man, knowing you will spend your entire life as a culture war casualty must be though. Unless you are too dumb to recognize that destiny.

    Carry on, clingers.

    1. People in the future will either look back at this time and laugh out loud at the woke snowflakes, or they will recoil in horror at how feral we used to be to criticize the woke snowflakes. I’m betting on the former.

      1. We’ll be nostalgic about the good old days when it was still possible to oppose the snowflakes, or even mention them in an uncomplimentary way, without being shipped off to a re-education center.

        1. at least I’ll be too old by then. I hope.

    2. Enjoy the laughs, Robby, while you can.

      I laughed just reading this part.
      I read it in my head like Eric the Midget saying goodbye to Howard Stern.

      “Bye for now…”

    3. Uh this is a libertarian website we’ve been on the disaffected fringe for…a couple of centuries I guess if you consider the Enlightenment as the beginning.

  26. The football stars are sitting in the locker room laughing their asses off at that fool.

  27. Covert op by the Babylon Bee.

    Or someone testing the waters for a competitor..

  28. WWWHD?
    Woody Hayes would have slapped the shit out of everyone from the Head Dean to the lowliest waterboy.

  29. Disconnected whiteness? The era of racist coaches keeping the best players off their teams due to race are long gone. (How long until the SEC coaches’ statues start to be toppled though?)

    College football (and other big time sports) are inherently non-racist. If you want to win, you take the best players and coaches available, regardless of race. If you don’t, someone else does and beats you to a pulp in the Tomato Bowl.

    1. And all football players risk life and limb (mostly knee, ankle and brain though) for the scholarship/salary/glory/career opportunity, and they do it willingly. No one is forced to play, and the color of one’s skin doesn’t change the risk.

      1. And a few dozen young men per school pay their own way to college so that they can walk on to a football team just to be able to keep playing in any capacity, even if it’s only on the practice team.

  30. If you want to win, you take the best players and coaches available, regardless of race.

    they do it willingly. No one is forced to play

    See, this is the problem. You think people do this stuff willingly in order to win, but that’s because you’ve bought into this meritocracy bullshit that you have to win and you have to compete to win. Black athletes shouldn’t have to compete, they shouldn’t have to be “good” in order to “win”. Everybody is equally human and they are entitled to receive equal rewards, nobody should feel like they have to have to put forth some sort of effort into “earning” those rewards they are entitled to. I mean, just because you spent 12 years becoming a brain surgeon and I decided to be a crackhead washing windshields at the freeway exit for tips, why should you be entitled to live a better life than me? It’s not fair and we need to eliminate this idea that some people are better than others and therefore entitled to receive more.

    1. Vive la crackheads!

  31. Liking football at the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY is now racist? A professor the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY apologizes for supporting football?

    I’ll take “The Art of Trolling” for $1000, Alex.

    1. Please let it all be a joke, please please.

  32. “Essentializing”

    M’kay…

  33. I am learning that my commitment to diversity has been performative…

    I am learning that I am not as knowledgeable as I thought I was, not as antiracist that thought I was…

    I know it’s not anyone’s job to forgive me, but I ask for it—another burden of a white person haunted by his ignorance…

    the scores of others whose pain I didn’t fully see, aches inside me—a feeling different and deeper than the tears and emotions I’ve experienced being caught in an ignorant racist moment…

    I realize he didn’t use the /sarc tag in the letter, but in the passages I pulled out there, the tone is certainly of the ‘my boss told me I had to apologize, so here is your fucking apology’ category.

    To be honest, the guy is a pretty good writer. I can’t believe for a second that a guy who writes passionately about football gives a shit about the BLM moment.

    1. Do you think the professor wrote this, sent it to the dean/communications/pr/development/alumni/career services departments, and asked, “Is this sufficient to get the mf’kers off my back? I have a class to teach in 30 minutes”?

      1. yeah, this letter seems a lot more “performative” than whatever his past efforts to be sympathetic to the oppressed may have been

  34. What a sniveling, groveling coward. To reverse yourself to this degree because of pushback from the Woke Brigade shows you have no spine.

    “I have seen your works. You are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. And because you are lukewarm I spew you from my mouth.”

    1. Spine? He just wants to make sure he has a job.

  35. The commonality of slavery precludes it from being the defining characteristic of the country.

    1. As we spell it where I’m from…O 31-0 State.

  36. Professors, and particularly law professors, do not realize what they are doing to higher education. Higher education was already headed downhill with more people realizing they did not need to pay 50 to 75 thousand dollars a year for a degree that they would be paying for the remainder of their life. The Democrat promoted pandemic scare which caused all the school systems to switch to virtual classes, coupled with the struggle sessions required by the BLM and “woke” movement will put the final nail in the coffin. Much as K12 education is moving rapidly to homeschooling or community pods, we will soon have university education moving towards small groups getting together in small groups to learn much like education was in the past. The 200 to 600 thousand per year paychecks for professors and upper administration will dry up quicker than California during drought season.

    1. One can only hope…

  37. It’s not their bodies they put on the line, but their talent and skill set. Every…EVERY, YOU AVOCADO TOAST EATING POUF, athlete plays for the love of the sport. and they get well paid for it and publicly adored. So STFU.

    He’s not creating a hostile environment for non-blacks is he? Or is he a systemic racist?

    Does he know Princeton is under investigation by the Department of Education for that kind of thing? In light of that investigation, does The Ohio State University legal department know their faculty is doing this?

    I’d advise them all to shut up and teach the courses you’re contracted & hired to teach by the taxpayers of Ohio.

  38. This weenie took cucking to a new level.

  39. This is one of those things that would be funny if it wasn’t so horrifying. This is irrational anti-thought, anti-concept, anti-context pure nonsense. Is it sarcasm? Parody? Did someone threaten to reveal he murdered someone in the past?

  40. They didn’t parade this prof through the streets with a sign around his neck and a dunce cap on his head, so that’s proof political correctness and cancel culture are a myth.
    I’m sure someone on another website was going to make that argument, so I saved them the effort.

    1. Yet “they” seem to have induced him to abase himself with a confession a lot like those produced by POWs subjected to brainwashing by the Chinese during the Korean police action.

      Prof. Mayhew’s motivation is not clear, but avoidance of cancellation seems plausible.

  41. Does the professor use upper case when referring to the “w”hite community or upper case just for the black community? Probably wouldn’t dare be so insensitive to state white lives matter (lower case)!!

    1. I’m using upper case for both. Because that’s what the left demands. Plus they’re being used as proper nouns and not was adjectives. So it’s White folk and Black folk, but not asian people who are people from the continent of Asia, but it is Asian Folk if I am referring to a political category in the intersectional hiearchy.

      This used to be about race, now it’s about label categories. And label categories get capitalized.

      Seriously, I’ve been capitalizing White and Black for at least two decades now. But I’ve been informed by the Right (capitalized) that this usage only began last year when the Marxists (capitalized) invented BLM. Go figure.

      1. Anyone who uses “folk” or “folks” in a sentence is trying to con someone.

        1. It’s “folx”, thank you very much.

  42. “another burden of a white person haunted by his ignorance. To consider the possible hurt I have played a role in” And here’s the racism professor. “white” person but “Black” community. Probably won’t say white lives matter either!

  43. Yes, brainwashing in effect. He didn’t do anything wrong, he just needed to get his mind right. The football article was merely the platform to launching point to goodthink.

    I’m being serious here. No one is this obsequious unless there’s someone with power demanding his obsequiousness. To me this is a huge red flag of brainwashing. Not overt brainwashing, but the constant thought molding that takes place in higher academia. Patty Hearst was less sincere when she was infected with Stockholm Syndrome.

  44. My hypothesis:
    This guy is laying the groundwork for a book deal. The ridiculousness of his apology is simply lifting his name recognition in the public at large.
    Within 2 years he’ll publish a book along the same lines as his apology. Droning on for 300+ pages about how racist he was, how he’s grown as a person, and how other racist white people need to follow his 12 point plan for becoming less racist.

    1. 11-point plan, in effect, since readers who bought his book would already have followed Point #1.

  45. “I learned that Black men putting their bodies on the line for my enjoyment is inspired and maintained by my uninformed and disconnected whiteness and, as written in my previous article, positions student athletes as white property.”

    Remember when “Black” men were not allowed to participate in college sports or professional sports? Maybe we can avoid exploiting “Black” men by resegregating the NCAA football teams into white-only teams and teams from HBCUs? Maybe we can get the NBA to work on the obvious disparate impacts that having too few “Black” coaches and having too few white players?

    Athletics is one place were the brotherhood of the sport usually overwhelms any racial divides. Didn’t we all watch “Remember the Titans”? And young men from all walks of life come together to play a sport they love–and plenty *pay their own way* to walk on to college teams to be “exploited” just to keep playing at any level.

    But these folks are turning everything they touch into a steaming pile.

    1. Is he saying the great Jackie Robinson opened the floodgates for black athletes to be exploited for our entertainment? Because it’s always been taught as a breakthrough for racial progress. And athletes of all races and colors are well paid and celebrated.

  46. This reminds me of the apology scene from a Fish Called Wanda.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwfuUyTMpVY

    Starts at 50 seconds

  47. Arthur Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon” has come alive. I’ve been meaning to reread it for some time, triggered by the nonsense now underway under the general rubrics “1619” and “Black Lives Matter.” It also, obviously is “1984” except for the constant war Orwell thought necessary to justify his dystopia.

    For what it’s worth, my judgment is that Mayhew did not, himself, write his grovelling confession but signed to a piece written for him. the style is too reminiscent of the tripe I recall from the University of Michigan in 1964-5 and the Occupy Wall Street rubbish widely distributed in 2011. If not that, it was at least heavily edited by people who write like that.

    Over the last few months I have, for the first time, had real fear for the future of the country and am relieved to live in the mountain West where preparation for hard times runs fairly deep in the population.

  48. Professor Mayhew’s apology is truly the work of a very very sorry excuse for a human. I cringed. Perhaps, he is an ET. I hope so. “I pity the fool!”

  49. He literally sounds like someone who was abducted by aliens and had his brain replaced with a new, sanitized, artificial brain that can only think “woke” thoughts.

  50. OK, I think we (or at least I) need to take a deep breath…

    Doesn’t the simple fact that this guy refuses to authenticate the letter tell us something? If the letter is legitimate and he is truly experiencing some sort of cultural epiphany, wouldn’t he be more zealous in his efforts to convince us of the sincerity of his “wokeness,” thereby encouraging converts to his newfound religion? Wouldn’t he be proselytizing? To me, this is fake unless, and until proven otherwise.

    My second, and unrelated thought is…if it was racist to ban blacks from professional sports until the 40’s (thank you Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson), how is it now racist for them to be over represented in certain sports that demand the highest levels of physical strength and ability? Kinda’ “damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” isn’t it?

  51. Okay. It’s racist and exploitative for white people to watch black male athletes. It would seem to me, then, that what we need is Major League Baseball, which would be for white players, and maybe another league for black players. We could call it the Negro League. Oh, wait . . .

  52. Maybe they should poll the poor, oppressed players and see if they want to play.

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