A Former Atlanta Hawks Employee Is Suing The Organization On The Grounds That She Was Discriminated Against For Being White And Female
NBC- A former Atlanta Hawks employee is accusing the professional basketball club of discriminating against white people and firing her after she complained.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Margo Kline filed a lawsuit Friday seeking punitive damages and a trial. The lawsuit says Hawks external affairs director David Lee, who is black, promoted a culture of discrimination against white people, and especially white women.
Kline, who is white, worked as a community development coordinator for five years before her March 2017 firing.
The lawsuit says Lee would make jokes about “white culture,” hiring and promoting black employees – who Kline said were less qualified – over white people....
The NBA team denies Kline’s claims and says it plans to defend against them. The Hawks statement says discrimination claims are taken seriously and Kline’s were thoroughly reviewed.
Well, well, well...would you look at that? Four years ago the Atlanta Hawks GM had to dismiss of himself because he was unable to analyze a player of Sudanese descent without openly wondering where he was hiding the knockoff Gucci bags, and now that very same front office is intolerant of humorless white people. Some might even say that their biggest transgression is being too progressive...
In all seriousness, I think I already found grounds for dismissal of this case. How is it racist to make jokes at the expense of white culture when "white culture" is nothing more than 2-3 year old black culture? Is it ageist to make fun of the way you dressed in high school photos, because David Lee and his associates are basically being charged with taking a look back through their proverbial scrapbook and having a laugh at what's been recently appropriated.
The truth of the matter is, this lawsuit is nothing more than proof positive that the defendant did the right thing by canning Margo Kline. How the hell is a "Community Developer" supposed to develop what's largely a black community when she doesn't even understand their primary interests? She was in the business of catering to black people, and it's well known that the best way to cater to black people is to take advantage of the wealth of comedic material at your disposal by making fun of white people. If she didn't pick up on the fact that self-depreciation was the smartest play during her five years doing outreach for a predominantly black office in a predominantly black league in a predominantly black city with a predominantly black fanbase then it's inevitable that her job performance at least stagnated and more than likely suffered.
I bet the African American that replaced her ass has increased productivity from the position ten fold, and it's probably because he/she has taken advantage of the fact that their office - much like the NBA itself - is one of the only workplaces in America where black people don't feel it necessary to at least mildly censor their true selves. Embracing their blackness is part of the Atlanta Hawks' marketing strategy, and publicly rolling your eyes at whiteness is paramount to embracing blackness (See: Darren Rovell Vs. Hot Sauce).
And look, on the off chance that she - or anyone else - was truly held back from climbing this particular corporate latter because she was either white or female then that's wrong, but the fact that she felt it necessary to combine the two is a sign that neither form of discrimination was all that debilitating to her upward mobility. Never mind the fact that a white person claiming racism will always be taken about as seriously as a male claiming rape, because if you can't drum up enough sympathy with a claim of gender inequality in the year 2018 then you don't deserve reimbursement for even the most punitively damaged sense of entitlement.