Skip to main content

Hogan, Hader, and the Unknown


Is prior racism forgivable? 

It's a loaded question and one that seems to have presented itself in the ever-evolving battle we have in our country. When do we allow and validate a person's change of heart from the the depths of previous discriminatory behavior? The question is an interesting one, especially when blended with the likes of white privilege and an underlying (thick) layer of foundational and systemic racism in this country. 

When the stories of Hulk Hogan being reinstated to the WWE and Josh Hader's controversial tweets from his teenage years made their way to the public forefront, it was an interesting dynamic in which left me very curious on how our society would approach the different social issues. I found myself thoroughly intrigued to watch the response, the reaction, and the fallout. 

Both men, at one time, regardless of when, stated nasty things. We're not talking about easy shades of ignorance and stereotypes, or even daily microaggressions that can be filed away under obliviousness and/or privilege. We're talking instances where Hogan used the word "nigger" in the very manner it was created, and Hader, who sent out tweets proclaiming "white power", "I hate gays", and other expressions that can be classified as Twitter being just a slice of the American pie. 

Of course, both have expressed sorrow and have asked for forgiveness for their transgressions.

And for the record, pulling no punches, and all the other cliche slogans to express 100% truth - I find myself forgiving Hader, and not Hogan. Why? Allyship is everything in social justice. Hader has had numerous teammates and coaches - many, people of color - who have voiced dissappointment, but, support for Hader's current character.

Hogan, hasn't, and really, many wrestlers of color had no reaction at all to Hogan's locker room apology. In fact, many have made careful statements toeing the company line while distancing themselves from wrestling legend

But as always, we have to ask, why are we so easily forgiving for such instances? We all make mistakes. We all have our faults. But racism, something that can be proclaimed as universally wrong in any ethical and moral spectrum, and can be identified and addressed at an early age (let's stop with the "kid" excuse), are so easily given a pass. Many would argue, the hurt and damage - and really, the seriousness of it all - doesn't equate to the passe green light given. 

It all just reeks of privilege in which a majority tells those who are oppressed once again how to feel, and what constitutes the effects of racism, and who dictates the pardoning from that transgression.


I'm not suggesting to drop the hammer on those guilty of such hate - because, yes, that is exactly what it is. After all, people do change. And if we can't allow change in people, we can't expect change in our system. In our society. In our country. 

But with that said, it is sentiments like the WWE's easy reinstatement and restoration of his career (with no asterisk or comment), and the city of Milwaukee giving Hader a standing ovation - and not exactly sure for what? - that hinders true change. Especially when Hogan's get-out-jail-card was that of "being careful what you say" (and not true change) after being outed in a recording, and Milwaukee feeling the need to applaud Hader on his first outing after his apology. 

America, man. 

Again, I'm not going to get on a soap box here, because I honestly don't know the where the threshold is. What I do know is this, we shouldn't need "gotcha moments" and public pressure for punishments accountability on those who show racist and discriminatory expressions. Nor should we hold those same people as noble and courageous in their apologies for such expressions.

Because really, what this all boils down to is that even in the guilt of racism - caught in the mud of it's disgracefulness and shame, the oppressor still gets to dictate the forgiveness, and truthfully, gets off easy.

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/25/22

3  Up 1. Albert Pujols - 700 homeruns is insane. Even through a generation of steroids, the number is incredibly exclusive (sans, you know, Bonds). So much props to Pujols who literally puts himself in some rarified discussions among the game's greatest.  Here are some quick thoughts from yours truly on Pujols hitting 700 .  2. PATHFINDER - The fight against cancer just got a smidge better. GRAIL announced results from their PATHFINDER study that may have found ways to provide early detection screening to significantly enhance the discovery of cancer well before symptoms begin.  I accidentally ran into this story - why isn't this more headline news? SMH.  3. Pandemic Over? - The World Health Organization (remember them, before everyone suddenly became public health experts) described COVID as an "acute global emergency". Going even further, announced that 20M global deaths were avoided last year due to vaccines. Just outright amazing.  3 Down 1. Brett Favre - No resp

5 Thoughts on Pujols Hitting 700

It almost feels like the negative vitriol that surrounded Major League Baseball and its labor issues have dissipated into an air of forgetfulness and forgiveness. A season that has brought us old-school lore with the chasing of historical numbers by way of Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, and the likes of a modern-day Babe Ruth, in another dominant season by Shohei Ohtani, would ultimately do that. Sprinkle in some amazing rookies on the rise, and all of sudden it's, what did I say about baseball's treatment of fans? It's been some season... In this post, I want to focus on Albert Pujols...the "King", the "Machine", one of the greatest ever. After hitting a historic 700th Home Run ( by the way, I definitely predicted that back in March  - just humble-bragging a bit), I wanted to drop five (fitting, yeah?) thoughts on Albert Pujols:  GREATEST EVER?! - Pujols' career often feels like the Angels' years were some sort of nightmare or a bad edition in a

Durant Showed Us Who He Was

When people show you who they are, believe them.  That's what my thought process is reduced to regarding Kevin Durant, his trade request from the Brooklyn Nets, and well, everything else that surrounds the latest drama that has taken over the NBA (and in many ways, the sports world).  Kevin Durant is immensely talented. Superhuman in so many ways. If you see him in person (as I have many times at the Barclays Center as a Brooklyn Net, and once at the Staples Center as a young member of the Oklahoma City Thunder), you're simply in awe of his stature, his ability, and his grace on the court. It's the kind of aura that keeps you believing in the aura of pro sports, and the sheer exclusiveness of these human beings. It's in the same realm as LeBron James and Steph Curry, physical and ability marvels that go just beyond remarkable, existing in a realm of specialness that cannot be described other than comprehension with the eyes.  Kevin Durant is one of my favorite athletes

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/18/22

3 Up 1.  Yvon Chouinard - Nothing says big baller like announcing you're donating your company's worth to the mission of fighting climate change. Sure, there are some tax benefits (let's not be silly), but that's still a pretty damn impressive thing to do. Wish we saw that more from billionaires.  2. Aaron Judge - Well, the big fella is on his way to breaking the record of 61 home runs (whether you think it's just the American League record or the in fact still the single-season home run record is up to you). I just hope he does it over the next two days at Yankee Stadium, on YES, with Michael Kay on the call. It'll be a damn shame if it happened on Apple TV where it happens in a vacuum and most fans will be unable to experience history. That would be awful for baseball.  3. How The Word is Passed - This is a selfish "Up" from me because I finally finished this book that has been on my list for a while - and it is a must-read for all. I'm a big