Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ obsession with something that’s of curiosity to minorities or marginalized teams has gone previous disturbing. In his worldview, the one discrimination that issues is something that advantages deprived communities. The most recent goal of his anti-woke diatribes is the NHL. On Feb. 2, the NHL marketed a job convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which can launch a variety initiative known as the Pathway to Hockey Summit. The occasion was described on Linkedin as being unique to feminine, black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, LGBTQ, disabled people, and veterans.
As if an NHL commercial wasn’t already an apparent invite to white Individuals, Florida’s governor skilled his give attention to the league’s efforts to draw candidates from totally different backgrounds. DeSantis’ press secretary Bryan Griffin launched an announcement, which mentioned:
“Discrimination of any kind shouldn’t be welcome within the state of Florida, and we don’t abide by the woke notion that discrimination ought to be missed if utilized in a politically fashionable method or in opposition to a politically unpopular demographic.”
Added Griffin, “We’re preventing all discrimination in our colleges and our workplaces, and we are going to struggle it in publicly accessible locations of assembly or exercise. We name upon the Nationwide Hockey League to instantly take away and denounce the discriminatory prohibitions it has imposed on attendance to the 2023 ‘Pathway to Hockey’ summit.”
The NHL’s variety downside
An inside report executed by the NHL in 2022 discovered that their workers had been 83.6 % white. All these phrases to stoke fears that the NHL is about to purge white folks en masse from their workforce are indicative of the clown present DeSantis runs. DeSantis’ minions are turning on the theatrics to focus on minority-targeted efforts is outdated hat.
He’s a meretricious political huckster interested in advancing his own personal ambition at the expense of people of color. It’s why he’s latched onto his party’s obsession with Critical Race Theory with legislative vindictiveness towards African-Americans or the state’s Don’t Say Gay laws vilification of the LGBTQ community. Next in his crosshairs are throwing a wrench in the gears to slow efforts by faculties to enhance variety and inclusion.
If there’s anybody DeSantis and Co. ought to be critically, it’s themselves within the mirror. The criticism of the NHL’s (ahem) “discrimination” is rooted in an ongoing effort to take care of the nice outdated boy community that has hindered minority candidates for many years since legalized segregation ended. He’s additionally a hypocrite.
After profitable the governor’s race in 2018, DeSantis himself made vacuous overtures to the black neighborhood, touting his personal administration’s variety efforts throughout an deal with to constituents at a traditionally black church on his first MLK Jr. Day within the workplace.
“I don’t need to simply be placing folks in from some good ol’ boys community. I need to be placing folks in from all walks of life,” DeSantis instructed a largely black viewers at First Baptist Church Piney Grove’s sanctuary. “And I believe for those who take a look at my complete appointments, I don’t suppose there’s any peer lately, at the least in Florida, of the variety of African Individuals we’ve put in.”
The NHL ought to pull the All-Star Sport from Florida
Three years later, his reversal tells you every part you might want to learn about his expedient slide additional proper to cater to the novel bigots inside his celebration who’ve wrangled away management of his celebration’s presidential nomination course of.
Florida has set itself up as a hub for the New Southern Technique that makes use of canine whistles to generate antipathy for equality. If the NHL has any dignity or respect for minorities, they’d take away their upcoming All-Star Sport from the state. Apart from, it’s Florida. They received’t even miss it or discover it’s gone.
Halfway by 2022, the San Jose Sharks employed Mike Grier to be the first Black NHL common supervisor within the league’s 105-year historical past. The league’s wokeness agenda would possibly end in a second black GM being employed within the NHL someday within the subsequent century, and that’s a bridge too far for some.
Utilizing DeSantis’ twisted logic, some of the homogenous skilled sports activities leagues in the US ought to be penalized for making even essentially the most rudimentary makes an attempt to draw minority candidates on LinkedIn. These are the trolling depths Florida’s authorities chief has gone to burnish his fame because the pro-white candidate. DeSantis is the political manifestation of the concept that the puck being slapped round discriminates in opposition to the ice.
The battle in opposition to company wokeness is a backdoor effort to forestall extra Mike Griers from matriculating into NHL C-suite areas or into any industries which have excluded minorities for many years. Thirty years in the past, it was the DeSantis’ of the world taking over arms in opposition to affirmative motion. Similar recreation, totally different branding. DeSantis is the brand new political stick knocking African-Individuals round like a puck on ice.
The identical political celebration that has spent many years preventing variety tooth and nail for the reason that Southern Technique has circled and overtly declared conflict on minorities and labeled variety as the brand new discrimination.
Range is nearly the one factor DeSantis has fought as Florida governor. On Monday, he’ll in all probability ship some MLK Day speech the place he’ll misconstrue King’s phrases and paint himself as a modern-day warrior for equality whereas his actions are the alternative of every part the person believes in.
BTW, the NHL caved to DeSantis, now saying the occasion is open to anybody 18 or over.