Normally when I complain about Iowa wrestling it’s because of their stalling and being exhibit A as to why college wrestling needs a shot clock. I’m not a complete “Iowa hater” despite not being a fan of their style. You have to respect the enthusiasm of Iowa fans and the attendance the program gets.
As a fan of college wrestling and huge supporter of the sport I was utterly appalled by several Iowa wrestlers appearing With Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. This occurrence doesn’t only speak to a lack of political judgment, which is understandable and what freedom is about, it speaks to why we can’t grow the sport of wrestling in America.
Recently an article circulated in Missouri wrestling circles about the decline in participation levels in the sport. Now, there are a number of factors involved in this decline including specialization and cultural shifts, however race definitely plays a role. To put it blunt wrestling in America is too white. Wrestling thrives in rural America and exurbia. In the inner-city, working-class suburbia, and communities of color the sport is fringe if it exists as all. I see no reason for this. Wrestling should exist in communities of all races and socioeconomic statuses.
In case people in wrestling aren’t paying attention America is becoming more diverse and less white. This means if wrestling in America is to have a healthy future the sport must become more diverse. The sport can’t just be strong in a depopulated and deindustrialized rust belt. These are areas that are losing population as factories close along with family farms.
Within the segment of white America where wrestling is popular Donald Trump also happens to be popular. Rural and small-town Iowa, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania and white-flight exurbia like St. Charles County, Missouri. To a very large percentage of the rest of America Trump is a truly reprehensible figure.
Donald Trump is a man who began his campaign by slandering hard-working Mexican- Americans. Iowa is a state with a growing Latino population. It would be great to get some of these Latino youth involved in wrestling. You know what won’t help that effort? Hawkeye wrestlers on stage with a bigot who has demonized their families.
The Latino segment of the American population is growing and in the future this nation will be one-third Latino. Isaiah Martinez, Jesse Delgado, Henry Cejudo, and others are just recent high-profile examples of the potential that is out there if we don’t alienate that segment of the population.
Donald Trump is also a man who has gained popularity by his fear-mongering towards Muslims and his outright Islamophobia. Iowa happens to be the home of the “Mother Mosque” which is the oldest existing mosque in America. The Muslim population in Iowa is also growing fueled by universities, the low cost of living, and a wave of mostly Somali refugees.
I have been trying to sell wrestling to the American-Muslim community for years. Wrestling is a tradition of Prophet Muhammad and his companions. While attending the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas I prayed with Russian, Turkish, and Egyptian wrestlers. I’d say Muslim wrestlers took home about half of the medals in Las Vegas and some of the best wrestlers in the world, including Abdulrashid Sadulaev and Dennis Tsargush, are very devout Muslims.
I’d like to see Muslim kids in Iowa wrestling. You know what will hurt this effort? Seeing Hawkeye wrestlers on stage with an anti-Muslim bigot.
When you take a political stance you have to be willing to take the heat for that stance. When that stance is celebrated because of the celebrity attached to Hawkeye wrestling then prepare to be called out for the damage you’ve done to the image of the sport we all love.
For Adnan Syed to be innocent you have to believe he had an amazingly bad chain of bad luck on one day. One bad thing sure, two is possible, and then it’s just not bad luck.
Two. The idea that Adnan’s lawyer threw the case is utterly absurd. Trial lawyers are divas concerned with legacy and reputation. People who believe lawyers are throwing trials are the same people who’ll tell you a boxing match because a fight didn’t go there way.
Third. Support for Adnan Syed isn’t about Muslim Unity. It’s about fighting against public shame, circling the wagons, and Desi Muslims having each others back. If Adnan was an African-American, white, or Latino member of ISB he wouldn’t have received that level of support no matter how innocent or devout.
Fourth. If Adnan would’ve been granted bail I’m betting there is zero chance he ever shows up to court. So alhamdulilah Adnan wasn’t granted bail.
Fifth. I don’t think the reporter has a very good understanding of Muslim culture and the duality of American-Muslim youth and is too quick to dismiss Adnan ad just an assimilated kid.
Six. This reporter does a pretty good job writing about what Serial left out abd the domestic violence angle.
This is the deal. The future of St. Louis. The city has went from over 800,000 people to just over 300,000. St. Louis went from having good schools to only schools the poor, dysfunctional, dopeheads, small circle of elites or ideological nutjobs would send their kids. A big percentage of the city is sleeping at night with bars on their windows. Jobs are scare. Opportunity is low. Poverty is generational. For many life in St. Louis is a living hell.
In the midst of the poverty, decay and human suffering moves in the vultures to pick at the bones of our urban graveyard. Taking over neighborhoods, opening expensive restaurants serving weird crap regular people don’t wanna eat, opening businesses starving for jobs then hiring kids from Ladue, messing up traffic with bike lanes, proclaiming the city is safe because hey none of their friends and family are getting murdered.
These are the disgruntled children of the elite. While they can easily live in Chesterfield or the equivalent where they came from they need a new setting to pursue their alternative lifestyle. Thus the white settler gene kicks in. The gene of Cecil Rhodes and King Leopold “civilizing” Africa, the gene of the Zionist moving to “a land without a people a people without a land”, the gene of the American settler seeing the American landscape had been mismanaged by the Native American and needed a little gentrification.
St. Louis is a low priority for hipsters abd urban colonizers. Their brutality has been on full display in cities like New York, DC and San Francisco. The ones we see in St. Louis are either from here or hipster rejects from the coasts who couldn’t make it in bigger markets.
A better St. Louis will not come from hipsters or the leadership of their politicians.
Then you move to the old guard. The old white south side hoosier is dying off and the Dixiecrat base is shrinking. The African-American population of North City is shrinking and moving to North County. The crooked Alderman of North St. Louis are losing a population to fleece and can only shake down so many Palestinian owned businesses.
St. Louis is a city of low dreams and low expectations. A city where people accept life sucks. A city where people settle for jobs they don’t like and spouses they don’t like. Any parent who loves their child needs to be telling their children to get the hell out of St. Louis.
The only saving grace for St. Louis is immigrants. Many of them will be robbed, beaten and terrorized in St. Louis as their welcome to the American Dream.
Out of the misery and suffering of St. Louis arose the Ferguson Movement. Police violence and corruption is nothing new in St. Louis. This movement inspired the world. In true St. Louis fashion many of the key activists got the hell out of St. Louis as soon as they got job offers and I don’t blame them. In a city of haters what was left behind was a fractured movement fighting one another and white hipster activists and their organizations exploiting the movement for profit.
It doesn’t matter who is mayor of St. Louis. Mayor Francis Slay in his fifth term, Antonio French, Tishaura Jones, this city has an incurable cancer.
In short my advice to everyone is to get out of the St. Louis Metropolitan area for your spiritual and physical well-being.
I’m not gonna run for mayor; but if I ever did become mayor my first acts in officer would be:
-dynamite the Gateway Arch. It’s a monument to genocide.
-arrest the two criminal Jeffs, Roorda and Ordauer, and put them in a cell together.
– make giant football fields at Tower Grove Park
-secede from the State of Missouri
Thanks to Paul Fehler, Alderman Scott Ogilvie, and Bikeworks St. Louis.