Grievance Gone Wild

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Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The are-you-kidding-me? quote of the weekend comes from Draymond Green, star center of the Golden State Warriors, who says despite his team’s run of three titles in the last five years, they have “never been quite appreciated.”

Green’s $82 million contract and the 26 million hits you get when you Google “Golden State Warriors” and “dynasty” might suggest otherwise (even though true basketball fans know that a real dynasty is the Celtics winning eight in a row and 11 of 13).

But Green’s ridiculous comment is just the latest example of the pervasiveness of grievance culture, in which a supposedly busy man who has amassed a fortune, married a supermodel, and been elected president of the United States can hardly let a week go by without complaining about being underappreciated.

Plenty of people do have legitimate grievances: victims of discrimination or abuse, recipients of unequal pay for equal work, Red Line commuters, anyone who life has dealt a bad hand through no fault of their own.

Their valid complaints should be expressed and heard.

But the imaginary grievance culture has gotten way, way out of hand.

Entire cable TV networks promote it. Politicians exploit it, and then are themselves victimized by it.

It’s not my place to tell anyone else how they should define their own happiness.

But if you have your health, the money you need and love in your life, maybe grievance culture is not for you.

Especially you, Draymond.

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