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By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Just in case anybody in black America thought everything was all good in the 21st century, New York Post writer Phil Mushnick, who is white, reminded us of what we probably already knew. That some of them still don’t think too highly of us. Actually, some of them still relegate us to the negatives of our race.
Rapper Jay-Z, who is a part of the ownership group of the New Jersey Nets, who are soon to be the Brooklyn Nets, chose the team’s new colors. The colors are black and white.
Well good ole Mushnick must think that means that the Nets are going to be a “black” team and attract a black crowd. He wrote:
"As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots—what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home—why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!"
So being Jay-Z, or a black man, means being a n***er, attracting unsavory women, and carrying a gun? Is that what the majority of black men do? Or is that what people like Mushnick think we do?
Mushnick pretty much disrespected all black men and women by painting us all with a broad brush. As if we all, or even most of us, live a life of crime or are some type of low lives.
In this new age of technology people can say just about anything that they want. Comments left on twitter, youtube, and various sites, are so full of racist rants that it is hard to read what anybody thinks, and it lets us know that this country still has major racial issues. If you want to know what people really think about President Barack Obama, head to the Internet. You’ll easily find quotes about him being a monkey.
People get on their computer and become “keyboard bullies,” and they get away with it because it is physically impossible to reach through their computer screen and grab them by the neck.
One other reason why Mushnick can write those things is because we’re not telling our own story. The bulk of sports writers are white, even though the majority of football and basketball players, who play in this country’s most popular sports, are black.
Because we in large part do not tell our own story, many NFL and NBA players have been labeled as thugs for doing the same things that white athletes have done. Let a fight break out in football or basketball and people act like there is a gang epidemic in those sports. Let ice hockey players, who are mostly white, get into a fight during a game and it’s just a part of the sport.
Now it would be unfair to paint all white writers with a broad brush, which is why I said “some of them.” And it was good to see some white writers speak out against Mushnick’s comments. But there are always some people out there to remind us of what some of them think of us.
Just like Fuzzy Zoeller let Tiger Woods know what some golfers thought of him when he called Woods a “little boy” and dropped a fried chicken reference on him. Woods has always promoted himself as being multiracial, but clearly that is not how he was viewed by his peers.
Just like Zoeller let Woods know what the some of the golfers thought of him, Mushnick clued us in to the same thing. But you know, we already knew that.
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