Off, off UK. Off of WHAS in Louisville. Off of WLAP in Lexington. Off of any and all wayward one-sided stations. Same with U of L. Your games should forever be barred from any station espousing one ideology or political party.
It is no secret that these stations are exclusive provinces of conservative ideology. They spew propaganda with a breathtaking lack of regard for truth and with a pervasive tone of contempt and ridicule for those with a different perspective.
The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are the people's property, charged with the pursuit of truth and the betterment of our commonwealth and our world. By close links with this obviously biased radio network, they are compromising their duty.
Unwittingly or not, they are bolstering the credibility of their slanted political agenda and the uncivil manner in which they promote it.
This must stop, especially in light of Charleston. For the Charleston terrorist did more than slaughter nine saints in the house of the Lord. He also stripped the log that so long blocked rays of true understanding from the conservative eye.
Before Charleston, conservatives dug in their heels. Confederate flag-flying was a First Amendment freedom. Guns were a Second Amendment right, off target to any criticism, much less control.
Yet just one photo of the killer with the Confederate flag changed everything. Conservative leaders, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are racing each other to yank it down. What yesterday was for some a symbol of Southern pride and heritage is today what it has always been to many others: a symbol of defiance to moral decency and federal supremacy.
This about-face by at least some of the more responsible conservative leadership is an acknowledgement that the progressives were right: A culture of pride, prejudice and negatively directed passion does create the noxious atmosphere in which tragedies are all but inevitable.
But Charleston is just the tip of the iceberg. Our society, indeed our very democracy, suffers the death of a thousand cuts from each false, flame-filled utterance. Never before has the pursuit of truth in a manner of mutual respect and understanding been more important.
Yet the AM stations that air UK and U of L games operate in a manner hostile to truth and civility. Our continued support of their corrosive agenda harms the public welfare.
We cannot continue to allow our beloved Cats and Cards to be part of any entity that perpetuates this culture. When enough of us insist that we use our schools to further their foundational ideals — the pursuit of truth and the betterment of our world — change will come.
Maybe even quicker than they would have thought possible.