Former NFL coach and player, and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka falsely claimed that there had no been any oppression of black people in the U.S. for the past 100 years.
Ditka was asked about the peaceful protests by NFL players during a pre-game interview with Westwood One’s Jim Grey, and replied:
I think that you have to be color blind in this country. Have you got to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for. And how he produces. All of a sudden it’s become a big dealing now about oppression.
There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football.
Go to another country and play football. If you can’t respect the flag and the country, then you don’t respect what this is all about. So I would say adios.
Given the long history of Jim Crow laws, school segregation and lynchings of black people ion there U.S., Ditka’s claim is absolutely false.
(Source: Westwood One Sports)