Racial issues are divisive, so you’d think I wouldn’t write about them, but Mike Seate wrote a column entitled “Steelers tickets too pricey for black fans” that includes the following:
I first heard about this from black readers who attended professional football games.
They returned complaining about country music blaring out of the Heinz Field public address system and a dearth of black faces in the bleachers. Their observations rang true on Sunday, as I watched a mostly black Steelers team play before a crowd that was whiter than Christmas dinner at Ann Coulter’s crib.
Though 70 percent of National Football League players are black, according to the league, I saw few blacks in the stands. Well, at least few who weren’t pounding the stairs selling $6 beers and $4 Cokes.
And the $60 or so it costs to land a ticket might not seem like a lot of money, but it’s a lot more than most black families I know can afford.
So just because we’re not visible in the stands doesn’t mean black Pittsburghers don’t enjoy the Steelers. It just means many of us can’t afford to enjoy them in person.
1. There are shitloads of white people that can’t afford to enjoy a Steelers game either. Shit. Loads.
2. Not every white person likes country music just the same way that not every black person likes hip-hop music. Shocking, I know. Readers? How many of you are white and hate country music?
3. There is absolutely NO QUESTION that this city’s black population is faced with a huge gap in income, education, and other important areas. Hell, black individuals even get sent to prison for drug offenses at rates much higher than whites do, 27 times the rate of whites to be exact! That is really scary and simply not acceptable.
But I think Mike Seate has done a disservice to the black population of Pittsburgh with this article, stereotyping the race as hip-hop loving, dirt poor beer men. I have about a dozen black friends that don’t fit that mold at all who say, “I can afford to go to a Steelers game, but I’m too damn smart to freeze my ass off.”
4. The title of the article alone was painted with a brush so big that Alan Faneca would have had trouble picking it up. Will Mike Seate’s next column be “Diamonds too pricey for black families”?
5. There is so much that can be written about the racial disparity that exists in Pittsburgh, and so much that SHOULD be written about it, but just picking an expensive item and saying “here’s a race that can’t afford it and I know because I went and I eyeballed it” is irresponsible journalism that accomplishes nothing … kind of like The Burgh Blog.
6. If the NBA came to town (I’m not saying all black people like the NBA, I’m just trying to give you an example here from a sport with stats to back up the racial makeup of the fans), will Mike Seate be sitting in an arena much more to his liking? What will he entitle his column after he sat in that arena surrounded by lots of black families who all paid about $60 for each ticket?
“White people hate the NBA”?
All right. I’m done. Let me have it, Burghers. Show me the error of my thinking.