After Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was pulled out of Georgia because of the state's voter suppression efforts, the governor, Brian Kemp, declared it was an act of cancel culture.
“Cancel culture and partisan actions are coming for your business,” he warned. “They’re coming for your game or your event in your hometown.”
Over a week later, and hundreds of miles away, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers, one of the most thoughtful people in all of sports, was asked about the killing of Daunte Wright, who was shot dead by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb.
“I think we have to stop saying it’s frustrating for all Black Americans,” Rivers said before the 76ers played the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. “I think we should be frustrated for all Americans. I don’t know if it was a mistake or not. I saw the body cam video like everyone else, but I know that frustration is a real thing for everybody and for us.”
“You keep hearing this cancel culture stuff, but we’re canceling Black lives,” Rivers said. “To me, that’s a little more important in my opinion, and it just keeps happening. We keep making mistakes by killing Black people. I don’t want to get to race, but it’s there. I think we all have weaknesses, and we all need to confront them and find out how we can make this place a better world and a better country. To me improving our culture as a society is really important. Not canceling it, but improving it.”
That phrase, cancel culture, as its often used, has long been a joke. Real cancel culture is the canceling of Black lives.