Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Grayson Allen + Crafting Anti-White Bias

The Duke-Wisconsin national title game was a tremendous game with lots of lead changes. As someone who enjoys watching a competitive game, this one was a nailbiter to the end. One unexpected hero was Grayson Allen. Allen is a freshman who was a rotation guy that did not get a lot of playing time and focus on the talented Duke squad, but showed flashes of brilliance during the year. The Final Four was where he shined, and yet this allowed the media to sharpen their anti-Gentile knives. Steve Sailer has already spotlighted the Michael Weinreb near diatribe against Mr. Grayson, but this was helped with ESPN's Grantland adding in the "a new ubervillain" butter to Grayson. This is a wonderful way for the media to continue their "Duke = Privileged, Evil Whites" message, using a teenager who is not what they actually want him to be in the process.

Sailer cites Mr. Weinreb's despicable article with the comical comparison that Grayson Allen is the Haven Monahan of Rolling Stone's UVA Rape Hoax article. It is the same mold; the same successful white male Christian winner that is the symbolic hate figure for the left's coalition of losers. Grantland jumped on this with some Allen is hateable but awesome writing. It is interesting because of how stupid it reads.

I was wary at first. There are already too many people telling me to like this Duke team, and here was a throwback to the über-villains of the past. Not hating Allen seemed like a bridge too far. You had that Adam Banks, cake-eater cockiness, the 3s … even the name was perfect. “Grayson Allen” sounds like someone from a Bret Easton Ellis novel. The Internet was ready with memes the second he took the floor. Finally, we had a player to despise.
But Joffrey Jordan just wouldn’t stop attacking. He won me over.
It’s actually perfect that he looked like all the players most of America has hated for the past 20 years. Between Jones, Winslow, and Quinn Cook, this was the least-hatable group of Duke stars we’ve ever seen. Then came the final game, when we finally saw the cocky face of all Duke teams past … and by the end, even Grayson Allen was awesome.
This is pretty revealing because first, the idea of Allen being a 3 point shooter is fantastic since that is associated with white players. Did these sportswriters pay attention to Allen's style? Coach K described his style of play as to why they leaned on the frosh, "We went to him kind of exclusively because of his ability to drive and penetrate." Yes, he can hit threes, but his own coach sees his style as driving. Is that "white play and style"? Did you know Grayson Allen won the 2014 McDonald's All America dunk contest? No, well that might hurt the Allen is uberwhite narrative. Allen had the play of the Final Four round with his dunk put back on Saturday night. The video below shows it in its "above da rim" glory. 

Second, this Grantland writer admits Allen looks like all of the most hated players in Duke's history. Why does he look like them? What is the most common feature of those players? Their whiteness. Even funnier is that the writer says this was the least-hateable group of Duke stars and lists these three  men. That is a trio of black men... why are they not hateable? Even mentioning the name Grayson Allen as sounding Bret Easton Ellis-esque implies a WASP connection. Amazing no one would make the Grayson Allen is a sidekick like Dick Grayson (Robin, Batman's sidekick) for name association.

The extra frustrating part of the obvious, "Hey new white guy to paint as evil and hate" message is that ESPn just did a 30 for 30 movie on Christian Laettner and explicitly made mention of his whiteness being a factor. In that flick, we heard black was becoming cool as was hip hop in the '90s, and Laettner was seen as a privileged white. Now this ran counter to reality with Laettner who grew up working or middle class. The ESPN guys also tip toed around who exactly made hip hop cool and urban blackness cool. Who exactly reported on Laettner, crafting the privileged idea? Could it be... the media?

This is where we get a resfresher for the Duke is bad, white and privileged meme. Weinreb mentions the high school Allen went to, Providence School. It sounds bad, grr, but hey imagine a kid coming from Yeshiva High, Weinreb, would you hate that privilege? The added comedy is these sports writers, especially whiny Jewish guys for Rolling Stone do not understand how some of those schools form. Some are explicitly aimed at creating sports machines. Look at Providence's history, which is under 20 years old, yet they have multiple state championships in sports. In Indianapolis, there is a Christian school like this, and they have a pro-sports bent. Grayson Allen becomes privileged just by going to these institutions and being pale with straight hair.

Now is this disgusting on the media and sports media's part? Yes. It is horrific because if Grayson Allen were tan or had kinky hair, throwing down those dunks as a teenager would be lovable. Instead Allen will get hate and grief from fans. It doesn't have to be that way, but the media loves a tailor made villain for their progressive messaging. How do I know fans would love Allen for his play and not turn Allen into an object to growl at? Look at the Vine below. Allen nails a windmill dunk as a high school senior at an all star game. Check out the skin color of the fans losing it after that monster jam. Asian, black or white, fans would love a guy who throws it down like that, but haters gonna hate who the media tells them to.

Cross posted at SWPL Sports Review


nikcrit said...

Grayson Allen is a fierce and entertaining competitor; I didn't take note of the anti-white sports-press takes, but if i did, i'd likely would've just wrote it off as part of a larger anti-Duke vibe. But unlike you, I have my qualms with Duke.
First, i'm sick of Coach K and his feaux-humble grandstanding; sick of the press and big-money media kissing the school's ass and serving as the teams' marketing directors.
The goddamn NCAA committee that created their tournament bracket could've been comprised by the Nielsen broadcast ratings company, given how it served the Duke brand by giving them a rosey walk through the first few rounds and all but guaranteeing Duke would be a final-four team.
Then there was the game itself, in which the refs ----- either overtly with intent or subconsciously ----- did everything they could to push Duke onto the championship-trophy podium: bogus-ass blocking fouls galore; declaring inconclusive instant-replay out-of-bounds possession calls that were clearly evident but in Wisconsin's favor; and, finally, flagrant-foul maulings by Duke in the last ten minutes that were not only not declared
'flagrant' but were ignored altogether.

The animus directed toward Duke is not entirely anti-white; in part, it's because its organizational ruthlessness and take-no-prisoners aims is cloaked in an ironic innocence and sanctimony that is anything-but innocent and indifferent to personal and petty gain.

Having said that, Allen is a totally comendable force and figure, as is Tyus Jones, a emerging floormaster poltergeist who've i've tracked since he was Twin Cities suburban high-school kid.
How many half-breed 18-year-olds do you know who could brilliantly run a D-1 team before 80,000 people live and 80-million worldwide on the way to a national championship?
So kudos to Allen and Jones and select others on the team; but fuck Duke and their ruthless and vaingorious media image and financial domination.

nikcrit said...

Grayson Allen delivered a exciting and fiercely competitive performance; I think the piece on him you cited was somewhat anti-white, but it was also a bit tongue-in-cheek, e.g., somewhat self-deprecating in a prole voice claiming 'the-preppy-polo-boys-always-come-out-on-top kinda trope. It was technically 'critica'; but one could also make out a conciliatory tone and even commendation in the writer's sort-of mock-frustrated set-piece of a story.....
What was more purely up for debate in that final was the pro-Duke officiating, not to mention the Nielsen-minded bracket-fixing that more or less escorted Duke into the Final Four this year without requiring it to expend an ounce of effort. In the game itself, those bogus blocking calls and uncalled maulings of UW's guards was the real sacrilege in terms of objectivity and favoritist perspective.

Having said that, Tyus Jones was a monster for the future, while Grayson rose above himself on this special night.
Congratulations ------ but the wrong team won this one!

Mike said...

"But unlike you, I have my qualms with Duke."

Haters gonna hate..

The part of that Laettner 30-for-30 that made me lol the most was when some black prof explained that Laettner's confidence was just appropriation of black culture. Yeah, sure.

I also liked how white players who trash talk are called "bullies". But it was never referred to as bullying when a black player trash talked.

The icing on the cake was the name of the creator of the documentary "Why I hate Duke": Rosenberg. All you need to know.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Mike - I noticed the Rosenberg guy was irrational in his hatred. He was topped though by the Jewish writer who hated Duke and also revealed that as a 12 year old he wore Malcolm X hates, Cross Colors clothes and listened to rap.

Yeah, if Laettner were black, they'd have loved his toughness, cockiness and attitude. Like if Grayson Allen were black his athleticism and skills at 19 would be adored by the media.

Camlost said...

Well, I'm allowed to hate Duke but I attended school at one of their basketball rivals 20 miles away. I hated them before they even won their first national title in the early 1990's.

Grayson Allen is going to be much harder to hate in this age of youtube highlight clips, though. (even by the obvious white haters in the media). He's going to be performing a lot of artistic, Rucker park-worthy dunks, as opposed to the plain jane, below-the-rim type of work being put in by the Bobby Hurleys, JJ Reddicks, Christian Laetttners and Steve Wojciechowskis of the past.

Camlost said...

And I wonder why white former Duke star Jon Scheyer never seems to be mentioned in discussions of "hated Duke players"?


nikcrit said...

"...but I attended school at one of their basketball rivals 20 miles away."
UNC? I thought it was Georgia, based on your earlier comment clues. So, you fell to my Badgers, eh?

Do you agree that the institutional capitualation to the Duke brand is what aided the team in unfairly defeating the Badgers, via b.s. officiating and a Nielsen-minded bracket that ushered them into the Final Four without having to as much as break a sweat?

Wojo Couldn't Dunk said...

"Grayson" is not the name of a privileged scion of inherited wealth. Grayson is the kind of name that a rednecky, North Florida mom gives to her son because she thinks that it sounds upper crust.