Playing ‘around the world’ in Wisconsin

Racial brain rot can infect every area of someone’s life, including that of coaches who should presumably care more about the well-being of their players and winning games than skin color.

When University of Wisconsin women’s basketball coach Marisa Moseley said her team is “pretty much the United Nations,” you may have had the same reaction I had: “Full of human rights abusers?” But no, Moseley was talking about the racial makeup of her squad. “I have the first Indian woman to ever play at the Power 5,” Moseley said. “I have kids who are Nigerian and kids who are Dominican and kids who are Mexican and kids who are run-of-the-mill white, you know, because they’re still there too.”


She then quickly interrupted herself to point out that her mother is also white, presumably because she realized that calling her players (or anyone) “run-of-the-mill white” was a pretty bad look. Go figure.

But it remains such a weird thing to boast about with respect to a basketball team. Skin color does not translate into wins, which you would assume Wisconsin knows well coming off an 11-20 season. Skin color and ethnicity should be the least interesting thing about a basketball team, you would think.


That is especially true for a coach, though, who should know all of these players personally. It is hard to picture a coach knowing each player’s family, major, and future goals, and then boiling them down to Dominican to check off a box on a diversity sheet in front of some journalists.

I’m sure Moseley is otherwise a swell person, but it would be best for both her and her team if she stopped thinking in terms of race and focused more on how her “United Nations” can beat Iowa or Michigan more often.

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