And, given my general lack of interest in the world of sports, I haven't said anything about that controversy. Until tonight.
Tonight, I ran into my ultra-conservative neighbor, who was complaining about the fact that this "stupid lowlife" cornerback would be glamorized via his participation in the Super Bowl despite his recent "thuggery".
I asked this neighbor why he called Sherman a stupid lowlife.
The response: Just look at him!
Um, OK. I've seen photos. Sherman is black and he wears his hair in dreadlocks. Bingo!
Despite my sports apathy, I had read enough about Richard Sherman to know that he is a Stanford graduate. I pointed out this fact to my neighbor, and noted that it seemed rather incongruous to refer to a graduate of such a prestigious university as either stupid or a lowlife.
In response, my neighbor angrily muttered something about Affirmative Action, and stomped away. Typical.
This was a prime example of prejudice, which literally means "prejudgment" or "preconceived opinion" - in this case, that someone with dark skin and dreads doesn't fit the profile of a properly entitled Stanford grad.
And it seemed so desperate and pathetic.