Employer Paternalism Isn’t the Answer to Violence Against Women

Posted by Melvin Bray on September 2nd, 2014 filed in Useful Perhaps

Yet another example of why Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry should be considered one of the foremost public intellectuals in America. She is joined by fellow contributing writer at The Nation Dave Zirin, former NFL quarterback Don McPherson, MSNBC contributor Dorian Warren and ESPN’s Jemele Hill in her continued critique of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

Dave Zirin and Don McPherson are standouts in the incisiveness of their critiques. Zirin notes, How can the NFL, “the Citadel of Poisoned Masculinity,” be expected to render any kind of credible moral judgement in such matters? And would the league even attempt to were it not an organization of predominately black athletes being ruled by predominately white executives?

McPherson notes, speaking of the commissioner, “Men’s response to violence is [typically] more violence. ‘You do bad, we’re going to do worse to you.’… Sports in general has a toxic masculinity problem and so that needs to be addressed.”

The sad reality is, McPherson suggests, “We don’t care that Ray Rice is an abuser. We cheer for Ray Rice. We want him to entertain us on Sunday afternoon.” “In fact, we prefer that he is an abuser of other men on the field in that moment,” Harris-Perry concurs.


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