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NAACP LDF's Sherrilyn Ifill Schools MLB Veteran Aubrey Huff Who Longs For 'The Good Old Days' When Sports Was 'Not Political'

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Nostalgia is a funny thing.

Often people yearn for a yesteryear that never truly existed. Such was the case recently for former Major League Baseball player Aubrey Huff.


Huff took to Twitter to decry the recent addition of political statements in sports.

Watch his plea for an end to this supposed new trend here.

But Sherrilyn Ifill—President, Director and Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)—remembered the past a little differently than Huff.

In a series of tweets, NAACP LDF's Ifill asked Huff to clarify what timeframe he waxed nostalgic about.

Ifill asked:

"Which days were these? When Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing license for refusing to go to Vietnam? When Jackie Robinson & Larry Doby broke the color line? When Hank Aaron endured death threats b/c he beat Babe Ruth's homerun record?"


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She continued:

"... Or when 1970 U.S. Open winner Arthur Ashe was barred by the apartheid govt from entering South Africa for the SA National Champiionship? When Lee Elder had to rent two houses to up his chances of surviving death threats to play in the Augusta Golf Championship in 1975?"


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And Ifill still had more examples of the "good old days" to ask Huff about.

"Maybe when Jesse Owens, the most decorated American athlete of the 1936 Olympics who faced down Nazis to win at track & field, was not allowed to go visit FDR with the white Olympic sthletes when they returned home?"


Tommy Smith & John Carlos protest racial injustice during the playing of the national anthem at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. Rich Clarkson/Getty Images

Ifill stated her point by adding:

"It was all so simple then. You could enjoy sports without thinking about the indignities endured by the men & women who dared to defy the ignorance, racism & meannness [of] so-called 'fans.' They speak out now and they spoke then. You just weren't listening."

However she felt one more needed to be added, since the athlete—Heavyweight champion Jack Johnson—actually inspired a change in federal laws.

"One more. Yes the good old days of 1912 when one man - the heavyweight champ Jack Johnson - could help inspire passage of a federal law simply because he openly consorted with white women. He was prosecuted the year the Mann Act passed for taking his white [girlfriend] across state lines."

Ifill concluded by stating it was not difficult to think of examples from back in the day where sports and politics and social issues were intertwined.

"What's crazy is that these examples were the ones I could think of off the top of my head [within] minutes of reading his tweet. It represents a fraction of the story."

Many others also easily remembered examples for Aubrey Huff to ponder.


And the examples transcended race.


It is important to recognize that one definition of privilege is:

when you decide something is not a problem for anyone just because it is not a problem for you personally.

One person commenting directly on Huff's post chalked his comments up to his privilege.

Huff responded to that tweet.



Whether or not Aubrey Huff heard Sherrilyn Ifill and everyone else who corrected his faulty memory is unclear.

Hypocrisy in Huff's posts however was evident to many.

Huff complained previously because he thought an athlete's political opinions were being silenced.


And for anyone who was willing to listen to the message of why athletes kneel, it is appreciated.

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Warning: There may be spoilers if you have not watched the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke wanted to ensure Daenerys Targaryen would nail that war-mongering scene in the final episode of Game of Thrones.

The 32-year-old actress – who portrays Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains (that's one character) – did what was necessary to convincingly portray the chilling moment as she spoke in Dothraki and Valyrian.

Who was her inspiration? Dictators like Adolf Hitler, of course.

Speaking with Variety, Clarke said she had to learn many fake languages for her speeches, but Daenerys's final address for her troops was by far the most challenging.

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Halsey has paid off a fan’s speeding ticket after the woman claimed she was driving too fast because she was enjoying her new single "Nightmare".

Twitter user Francesca claimed she was driving home from Pennsylvania State University when she was stopped for speeding.

“I got pulled over… for the first time ever and when asked why I was going 99 in a 70 I was dangerously close to admitting I was bangin out to Halsey’s new song Nightmare,” she said on social media.

“What’s your Venmo. I’ll pay your ticket. Drive safely please!” Halsey said on Twitter.

The singer’s music video for Nightmare, starring Debbie Harry and Cara Delevingne, was released on May 16, and has already reached over 15.5 million views on YouTube.

The original tweet was liked over 4,000 times, and caught the attention of Halsey herself, who transferred Francesca 250 US dollars for the ticket.


Needless to say the interaction has gotten quite a lot of attention. We all stan a queen that supports her fans as much as they support her.



Once the receipt had been paid, Francesca said she “will never forget your kindness and will continue blasting your music forever (just at a safer speed). I’ve never been more grateful or felt less deserving.”

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A woman in New York has been praised by police for alerting them to a possible suicide attempt after she mistook a closed umbrella for a person wearing a "Handmaid's Tale" costume. Casey McCormick tweeted she thought she saw “a woman dressed as a handmaid about to jump from a building” and called 911.

The sighting turned out to be a table umbrella which, from a distance, looked much like a handmaid from the seminal Margaret Atwood novel "The Handmaid’s Tale".

The New York Police Department’s news account made it clear on Twitter that McCormick had done the right thing in alerting the authorities.

“Blessed be the umbrella. Thank you Casey and the @POPSUGAR team for alerting us to this crime, glad we could save the day,” they tweeted. “Jokes aside, if you’re ever hesitant about calling 911 – don’t be! We take all calls seriously, and worse case we get to go home with a great story.”

“Better safe than sorry!” one Twitter user replied.

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her addiction to porn before starting a relationship with current husband Will Smith.

The conversation centered on the subject of pornography and its affect on relationships on Monday's episode of Red Table Talks on Facebook.

The discussion began backstage with her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris when Smith said that 40 million people watch porn on a daily basis.

"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction," the 47-year-old admitted, but emphasized, "I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness."

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