To All Black Athletes in the ALB, NLB, NBA, NFL, NHL (wink), et al,
You’ve been blessed with tremendous physical gifts and have been made rich because of it, however, there are some things that needs to be said.
White men made you–and white men pay you. Thus, you are their employees and to make statements about the Black community (one in which many of you don’t even live any longer); you represent a frame of thought that is fueled by white supremacy–not Black pride, knowledge of self; Black culture, and African/African American history.
Kobe Bryant’s comments in the New Yorker only fueled this argument. And the push-back has been fueling many respond to Kobe’s comments.
Let me tell you something, the attitude expressed by Kobe Bryant truly exposes just how ignorant he is about Black history in this country. First and foremost; all human beings can have an opinion; however, when wisdom does not guide your comments; people will question the intent. Kobe Bryant seems to miss the point that being a Black man in America, particularly in the Obama age, could get you killed–literally. I have never seen so much hostility(Tea Party) from whites until Obama got elected. Is that being emotional? No. It’s being intelligent. You are guilty before proven innocent if you’re a Black man in this country. I could get into this more in depth; but the bottom line here is that Kobe Bryant himself was accused of rape in 2003 and Black people defended him. When has Kobe ever concerned himself about Black people? He’s been about Kobe only from day one. He represents a conglomerate–not Black people. Black athletes are not spokespersons for our community; they represent a business built by rich white billionaires. White men made them and white men pay them. So if he speaks such words; it fuels white supremacy–not Black consciousness.
Kobe: You need to get educated, young man. You really don’t even understand the head game that is being played on you. And based on current reality: YOU COULD BE THE NEXT TRAYVON!!!
When Black athletes fall, all too common, they receive little sympathy and are judged just as harshly as any other Black person by the white media.
I commend the Miami Heat for taking a stand regarding something that could have been swept under the carpet.
People like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, etc, could care less about Trayvon Martin or issues impacting the Black community. They’ve been bought off. Equally, none of them are married to Black women, so, their attitudes of ambivalence is reinforced by the women they bed. They marry women, many of who are not even educated, put them on pedestals, then prance them around as if they’ve just got the white unicorn. It’s sad to see. The money they have will go to the white community when they divorce these women or die.
Black athletes today are selfish, overpaid, arrogant, and don’t deserve any respect from the Black community. The only time they care is when they get in trouble; and WE come to their defense each and every time.
You get what you settle for in this world and I think it’s high time that Black people stop allowing people, including Black athletes,to shit on their lawn.
However, no matter what anyone thinks of us, the Black community must respect themselves more.