I just can’t say or write it any better than this!! Race, racism, white privilege & entitlement, and supremacy is written all over this incident. The implications are long and deep. Hopefully, not just those who are victimized by this type of behavior and thought will speak on it. For it is those with the power that must work to change themselves and their effects on those they victimize.
Racism = Prejudice + Power… Do the Math!
If you understand nothing else, know this. To be Black in America means “we can’t do what they do.” A dear friend spoke those words to me over 20 years ago and I have never forgotten them. Forget making derisive remarks about others in the public square, the fact is we aren’t allowed to get angry or show disappointment openly. To be labeled “difficult” or “angry” is to be marginalized. For African American men and women the vicious stereotypes around what is deemed “aggressive” for us but standard behavior for others is often the difference between a paycheck and the soup line.
“Who do you think you are?” I’ve been asked. “You think a lot of yourself,” the same boss said. I collected myself and quietly left his office that day. I ain’t nobody’s saint but, like Obama, there was nothing I could say without getting frog-marched out of the building.
So Obama will say nothing. He will never address the malicious attacks on his character by respected journalists or side-show carnival barkers. He can’t. He cannot say a nary word about how utterly indecent it all is.
There is something to be said about what we’re becoming. Or maybe it’s about what we’ve always been. A nation with two sets of rules. Mark Halperin may as well have called the president an “uppity Negro.” We’ve been here before. – Goldie Taylor
The Zookeeper Ads
The title role of The Zookeeper is played by Kevin James. No coincidence. No relation to LeBron James (Uh, actually I don’t know about that. Consult your nearest white anthropologist.) Zoos have lots of animals. Yet, during this showdown against LeBron James, the the commercials featured only one animal consistently. Yep. A gorilla. Said beast is shown thumping to hip-hop in one commercial with the white zookeeper and playing basketball with him in another.
I kid you not.
This is very serious comedy for Racist Man—and for Racist Woman; who is seen dancing cheek to cheek in a bar with the gorilla while the zookeeper looks on.
Planet of the Apes Ads
The Planet of the Apes commercials don’t clown nearly as much. These really just emphasize and amplify the threat of apes that have, finally, gotten smart. This part is not complicated. And, that’s what makes both films so fun and funny to white people. No need to whisper or hide these messages. As we have yet to get smart, a fun past-time for white people is to check the tweets on the commercials and then forward them to their friends for a high-five belly-laugh. Here’s a tweet by a black person that likely made the rounds on the droids of some white people: “I can’t wait for this to drop so I can take my nieces and nephews to see it.”
If you go to see either of these films, please don’t take little victims with you. Here is my recommended method of viewing the film if you decide to pay for it: Go with a more informed black person. Sit in the middle of the theatre and turn to each other at every racist punch line.—- When white people sitting in the rows in front of you deduce from the quietness of those behind them that there is a smarter black person in their midst, the theatre will start sounding like a Lutheran church funeral. Then, when the film is over, be the last to leave the theatre to bask in the bizarre silence that confirms that you’ve taken some enjoyment out of practicing racism for white people. It might make the film less profitable for them in more ways than one. Now, that’s good fun.
*GWH =great white hope.
Postscript: If I could write the screenplay to this Bosh-James-Wade drama, the Heat would win the championship and all three would retire at the main news conference following the series with no explanation given.
Post-postscript—Because there is no logical placement for this observation it clumsily appears here. There is an AT&T commercial that appears during the series showing intermittently a gorilla climbing a skyscraper. At the end of the commercial, there is a black male with a hardhat standing at the top of a skyscraper that is under construction. There is no relationship of the gorilla to the product or narrative of the ad. It’s just raw racism (white supremacy). Grab your women. Grab their women. The black male is loose and climbing. Stop him. – http://cree7.wordpress.com/
Honestly, I’m not sure I know of an instance where someone Black has brought up race illegitimately. Race is everywhere. The notion that Blacks play the race card to gain advantage is silly to me. Considering race is used against Blacks and other minorities on a daily basis by the majority culture in power with impunity, how can minorities play the race card “for advantage” at all? We are, consistently, disadvantaged…
There’s a reasonable debate to be had here, even if many Americans don’t want to hear it.
Instead, we continue to insist on taking a dispositional, personality-based view of racial bias. Only “racists” exhibit bias, we think. Therefore, to admit that race could have played a role in a given decision is to paint the decision-maker in the broad brushstrokes of hopeless bigotry. And we’re hesitant to do that since most of the decision-makers in question don’t look to us like out-and-out bigots. Instead, we assume there must be a reasonable race-neutral explanation:
• Most employers aren’t racists, so racial disparity in a company’s hiring tendencies must result from other factors, like there simply not being enough strong applications from qualified minority candidates.
• Few attorneys or judges are bigots, so what look to be racial differences in say, how they evaluate potential jurors must result from other, race-neutral considerations in their jury selection calculations.
• The arresting officer used to run diversity training sessions for his colleagues, so race couldn’t have played a role in his decision to arrest the Black professor who was legally inside his own home–the professor must have been a disorderly jerk who warranted arrest.
• Race has nothing to do with it; we just don’t believe that the dark-skinned president with the funny name was born in this country (or that many of his supporters are “real Americans,” for that matter).
The ready availability of race-neutral explanations for any given decision allows us to stick to the party line that “this one isn’t about race.” But the aggregated data tell different stories. Résumés with Black-sounding names get 50% fewer call-backs than résumés with White-sounding names. The same juror background is seen more positively by a prosecutor when the juror is White than when the juror is Black. And so on. – Sam Sommers
While searching and researching my own thoughts on race/racism/white supremacy I happened upon this blog post. Upon closer inspection, this blog deals with race and racism in ways that seemed to fit my perspective. THIS is my new favorite blog…
Read this excerpted take on racism…
Similarly, people in the United States, and most particularly European-Americans, spout a supposed belief in “equality,” whatever we think that is, while being unconscionably comfortable with the greatest gaps (between rich and poor, between White and Black) of any industrialized nation of the world. And we are so committed to this idealized belief in equality–as opposed to the actual practice of it–that people who look like me purport to be stunned when presented with the idea that the equal treatment does not, in fact, exist, however well documented this reality may be.
One way to protest or mask the reality of racial oppression and its ramifications is to use the word “racism” to mean any prejudicial attitude by anyone of any “race” anywhere who feels superior in any way to someone of a different “race.” That way, a European-American can point at an African-American who has buckled under his or her grief, frustration, and discouragment, finally becoming filled with bitterness and maybe even hatred toward the White establishment and those it privileges–and call that person of color a “racist.” Which, in turn, allows White folks to declare, “See–anyone can be a racist.”
The reason this doesn’t hold for me is that, to start with, as I mentioned before (see “‘Black.White.’ Part Two or Keep My Name Out Your Mouth,” March 4th), Europeans expressly constructed the very concept of “race” in the first place. And they didn’t do it to make it easier to identify someone in a crowd either. They did it to create a hierarchy wherein people that look like me would automatically get the most of the best and the least of the worst–primarily by stealing from everybody else in one way or the other–while whoever was left got what they could, if anything. This was done for the purpose of making a very specific group of Europeans extremely rich. And White-controlled science, White-controlled law, and White-controlled religion worked together to legitimate this construct by announcing in no uncertain terms that White folks are superior to all other peoples on the face of the earth.
- Prejudice & Racism Are Not One and the Same… (a Facebook conversation) (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
The idea that whites are being discriminated against is absurd on its face but the fact that it is a meme that is being perpetuated in society, despite any data to prove it is an actual reality, proves just how pervasive and deeply rooted white supremacy is in our society. White privilege is as real as the sun rising in the east. Its a fact of life that is seemingly invisible to those that benefit from it on a daily basis…
Have you oppressed a white person lately?
Did you gerrymander their district so they’d have less representation? Deny them entry at your hospitals or schools or proper legal services for not having the right documentation? Did you stop them while they were riding a bike to their new gentrified apartment in Spanish Harlem and ask them what they were doing there and whose bike they stole?
No? Well, lately that’s how some whites are feeling. Even if as America is seemingly becoming more diverse and equitable (which is a good thing), the idea is that if minorities are making gains, it means something is being taken away from white people. Claiming “reverse discrimination” in the Age of Obama is the new, sexy way to “White Whine.”
“We went from being a privileged group to all of a sudden becoming whites, the new victims,” says Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University in Pennsylvania who researches white racial attitudes and was baffled to find that whites see themselves as a minority.
“You have this perception out there that whites are no longer in control or the majority. Whites are the new minority group.” – PostRacialist
- Are Whites Racially Oppressed? (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
- CNN tries to tackle white anxiety — by treating white nationalists as credible sources (crooksandliars.com)
My first recollection of the NCAA tournament and its preceding season was as a freshman in high school. It was the 1985-1986 season. I remember this vividly because I was amazed by the explosiveness of one of the premier guards at the time. I remember rummaging through my step dad’s Sports Illustrated magazines to cut out pictures of Johnny Dawkins as he dunked over some poor unsuspecting guy. I recall being riveted to the TV and watching him play a game versus David Robinson’s Navy team where he took the ball on a break and reversed dunked over a defender. It was the first time that I was really paying attention to the game. Alarie & Amaker were mainstays of that team and I was an early fan. At the time I had dreams of being a professional basketball player, like a lot of Black boys do or did back then, as I had just made my high school Junior Varsity team. I couldn’t help but to root for Dawkins and his team, Duke. I was therefore crushed by their, I believe, championship game loss to the Louisville Cardinals and their freshman center, Pervis Elison. As I recall, he was “Never Nervous”…
Since my earliest days as a basketball fan, I have never been a Duke hater…
I am a Detroit native and hence I was crazy about the 1989 Michigan team that won the National Championship and even more rabid about a group of five freshman that came to Michigan in 1992. In 1991, I was a Sophomore at Howard University and I may have been one of the only Black males on campus rooting FOR Duke AGAINST the UNLV Running Rebels during that 1991 championship game. I watched that game in my dorm room in Slowe Hall and I remember the looks I got when I cheered for a good play or a great pass from the Dukies. That UNLV team was a bonafide professional team and even I was surprised that the Dukies pulled that one out. The idea that Duke only recruited a certain type of Black player was very real back then. It was, and still is to a certain degree, an accepted notion. This notion was probably at the base of the deep animosity shared by members of the Black community and Howard was no exception. At the time, I was very clued in to the racial overtones involved (Duke the “clean” school versus the “rough” and almost “criminal element” tag that surrounded the UNLV program) but I considered myself (and still do) a fan of good basketball play. Duke epitomized that to me.
I am a Duke fan…
The ESPN documentary that aired this past Sunday night was powerful. Gripping. Emotional even. I was speechless. The documentary was riveting. While no two-hour documentary can be the “end-all-be-all” story for everyone, I could not help but to be inspired by what I saw. The truth, no matter how raw or hurtful seemed to be the emphasis of the producers. It was gritty and I loved it.
“Everyone knows sports is as much of a head game as it is a body game, and talking trash isn’t really new….but both the mode of black urban trash talk, and the way it was RECEIVED by a largely white consumer base was different. Race does not only change how people perform it changes how performances are perceived.” – Lester Spence
I couldn’t help but reminisce and think about watching those Fab Five games some 20 years earlier and feel nothing but deep pride as the members of the Five told their story as they saw fit. As a Detroiter, at Howard University, I paid very close attention to the Bad Boys who wore Piston Blue & Red and the Five who wore Maize & Blue. I defended them both intensely and bragged on their accomplishment and swagger. I STILL have the NCAA tournament games of the Five on VHS and have, on occasion, in the past, popped them in to see the velocity that the Five played. I felt I was the face of Detroit to those guys and gals with whom I had contact who only saw the media’s stereotypical portrayal of my city. I was proud to point to the Five and I felt they represented me as well.
I am imported from Detroit…
Since the airing of the documentary I have read many articles in favor (Wilbon and Zirin) and in repudiation (Whitlock and Hill) of the documentary and have reviewed the statements made by the Five during the documentary and those made prior to and subsequent to the documentary. While I can agree that Rose may have inferred that Hill was an “Uncle Tom” in the documentary, he never directly said so. When I reviewed the comment that seemed to cause the angst hidden in Hill’s rebuttal, it struck me that Hill’s response seemed to miss the point entirely. Rose’s accusations, thought as an 18 year old but expressed as an adult, were aimed more toward Duke’s recruiting practices than any direct assault on Hill’s perceived blackness, in my opinion. Instead of focusing on a comment that was not made implicitly and was not meant to show some kind of present day malice, Hill should have discussed the issue at hand. Namely, the, seemingly, discriminative recruiting practices that Rose thought precluded him from being recruited by Duke. I think Rose’s comments put Krzyzewski and his program on the hot seat, not Hill. I find it typical that those in the media (and those of us fans) like to focus on a manufactured issue rather than the more critical issue. Where is the discussion on Duke’s recruiting practices? Are our perceptions on why they do not recruit inner city kids a reality in the minds of the administration or the coaching staff or the players or the coach himself? Why or why not? What was it about Webber or Battier that made them coveted by Duke at the time? As opposed to Rose or Howard? It couldn’t just be there skill set. There had to be more involved. Where is the intense discussion of the racist letters and newspaper clippings received at what we all think of as a “liberal” institution? Remember, this was taking place in the early 90’s, not 1940. How much of that attitude is hidden behind the shiny veneer and tradition that is Michigan and the, seemingly, vehement reproach of the Five now? We can talk about Duke and their recruiting all we want (and we should) but is Michigan a better role model as it relates to racial enlightenment?
I think it’s telling that Hill attempts to uplift his Black bonafides by essentially name-dropping Black Duke players, except Elton Brand, and by mentioning the likes of John Hope Franklin in an attempt, I think, to keep the focus off of his beloved Alma Mater and it’s basketball program in his rebuttal. He never mentions Duke’s and Krzyzewski’s recruiting practices as it relates to Black players and by not dealing with this issue at all, I think Hill actually shows himself worthy of the “inferred” name that Rose thought some 20 years ago, in this limited respect. Why would Hill not deal with the issue of recruiting that Rose raised except for the fact that he was trying to protect Duke from a racial firestorm or that he didn’t think the issue worthy of being discussed. But why not discuss it? THIS was and is the issue discussed in the Black community surrounding Duke’s program since before and after Hill signed his letter of intent to play there. The Black community’s rather large, unhidden and boisterous disdain for Duke’s basketball program is way too hot for even Hill not to have heard it or understand it’s valid realism. Either way, Hill’s defense of Duke or his ignorance of the dialogue within the Black community, speak volumes.
I do root for Duke and respect the accomplishments of the program and coach. I have always thought well of Grant Hill as a player and a person (He is on my list of favorite Pistons as well), but I think this issue shows the classism within the Black community, the lengths that some within the community will go to shield themselves and their benefactors from charges that clearly sting (and hold some merit), the intra-racial struggle brought on by manifested white supremacy and the lack of real dialogue about it all.
I thank Jalen Rose and the Five for broaching the subject. I wish we all had the willingness to speak the truth…as hard as it may be sometimes.
The fact that this is even a headline on a major news website shows the power that Whites, as a whole, wield on the American psyche and the American narrative. But we never talk about that. The fact that you have an article actually arguing the merits of this point of view I find utterly ridiculous. A supremely powerful majority who views themselves as an oppressed minority? Really!!?? And a major network that gives this point of view voice!? Are we always to be fair and balanced… You have got to be kidding me.
There is a such thing as a “legitimate” argument. Just because you MAKE and argument doesn’t make the argument a legitimate one. I could “argue” that the President was born in Kenya. I could make that argument…and Mike Huckabee has…but does that mean his argument is accurate or legitimate or truthful or righteous in any way? Whites as an oppressed minority? Seriously!? Is the NAACP racist too? Has the Tea Party no racist overtones!?
The article relays these bullet points as evidence:
• A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll found 44% of Americans surveyed identify discrimination against whites as being just as big as bigotry aimed at blacks and other minorities. The poll found 61% of those identifying with the Tea Party held that view, as did 56% of Republicans and 57% of white evangelicals.
• More colleges are offering courses in “Whiteness Studies” as white Americans cope with becoming what one commentator calls a “dispossessed majority group.”
• A Texas group recently formed the “Former Majority Association for Equality” to offer college scholarships to needy white men. Colby Bohannan, the group’s president, says white men don’t have scholarship options available to minorities. “White males are definitely not a majority” anymore, he says.
• U.S. Census Bureau projections that whites will become a minority by 2050 are fueling fears that whiteness no longer represents the norm. This fear has been compounded by the recent recession, which hit whites hard.
You have this perception out there that whites are no longer in control or the majority.
–Charles Gallagher, sociologist
• Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh argued in a radio show that Republicans are an “oppressed minority” in need of a “civil rights movement” because its members willingly sit in the “back of the bus” and “are afraid of the fire hoses and the dogs.”
• Fox talk-show host Glenn Beck led a march on Washington (attended primarily by white people) to “restore honor,” and once called President Obama a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people and white culture.” He later said he regretted making that comment.
This is exactly why you need a definition of racism/white supremacy. A definition of truth. Not one brought forth by the majority to usurp or confuse the illness that is racism/white supremacy. There also needs to be a dichotomy drawn between what would better be called prejudice and what should be called racism/white supremacy. To confuse the two words or to make them indistinguishable allows for a white majority to claim racial oppression and minority status (when the facts and reality point to no such thing) while they continue to control every industry and station.