Some of you may remember Dale Hansen as the local Texas sportscaster who, last year, delivered an incredibly impassioned piece on Michael Sam and homophobia in the NFL. It was the exact kind of statement needed at the time, and it set the tone on sports talk radio, which I think did a remarkably good job overall of preparing conservative NFL fans to accept a gay player into the league.
Here, Dale Hansen is back, delivering yet another impassioned editorial about the insidiousness of racism in Texas. And again, what’s novel here is not the message, but who it’s being delivered to. Here’s a old, white Texan sportscaster delivering a message to the very people that need to hear it most. This guy ain’t preaching to the choir. He’s asking the choir to stop being bigots.