By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Is Today Independence Day Finally
IS TODAY INDEPENDENCE DAY FINALLY
” WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROMISE ”
SORRY to disappoint you
but there is NO evidence it is
NOT the “promise” of
July 4, 1776 but rather
That ALL men and women are created Equal. Or maybe that was the point of the most famous phrase in our Declaration of Independence. Just because we are CREATED Equal certainly does NOT mean we will be treated Equally.
We’ll confine ourselves to Sports because we do Sports. But Sports is as good a reflection of our American Society today as any. Maybe better. Because it is indisputable what we see in American Sports. And it NOT Equality.
Not by any standard if you view Society as an African American because you are. Even back in 1776 if truth be told there were was a very small VERY small number of Black Americans who avoided all the pitfalls either by cunning or luck or a combination. African Americans who were neither enslaved nor who found American life wanting for them. Much as today.
Think about it this way.
We look upon life and society as much more primitive and unfair 200+ years ago than today when American society is so ENLIGHTENED therefore the difference for ALL African Americans “logically” should be incredibly different & better.
Yet in truth …….
Even if we confine ourselves to the Sports Industry which did not exist was not even something that one could conceive of 200+ years ago even this NEW industry displays the very same signs of exclusion present in 1776.
Also remember the problem then really wasn’t not outside of the Racist South anyway, the problem was not laws that kept African Americans shut out. It was a virulent mindset that was far far more pervasive and all encompassing than any so called “laws” that did or did not exist in 1776.
Also keep in mind our hallowed Declaration of Independence the basic core document of these United States that “supersedes” even the U.S. Constitution NOWHERE IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE is there even one word that can be found that gave anyone reason to think African Americans were any less included than anyone else. Even in the Racist South.
But of course African Americans were EXCLUDED from the meaning of the Declaration of Independence without even one word to that effect. And in fact with over 90% of Black Americans enslaved for life even as Slave Master Thomas Jefferson intoned those Mighty Words ” All men are created Equal endowed by their Maker with certain inalienable rights ……..”
What a Crock of Bull Shit
from Thomas Jefferson
as he kept his list
in his breast pocket
for safe keeping “his”
Black men, women and
children he OWNED and
some like Sally Hemings
he repeatedly raped
over many years
So fast forward to 2007 and in 90% of the Sports played in the USA today most notably in our colleges where America’s future “leaders” are trained – in 90% of these colleges beginning with the Ivy League schools where the “true” Elites get their tickets punched you will NO more find African Americans on those college teams than you would have in 1776 IF the sports had existed.
Likewise the OWNERSHIP of Sports today. There are NO more African American owners today than there would have been if ALL these highly cherished pros teams had existed way back in 1776.
YES indeed no need to mention it African Americans are in the “fields” in large numbers in Football and Basketball. African American Bill Rhoden in his recent landmark book titled them ” 40 Million Dollar Slaves.” That’s right it is FAR better being a “slave” in 2007 than in 1776 because the pay is Better.
By using the term “slave” of course what Rhoden means is these African Americans have no more say when it comes to management or ownership than did Blacks down on the Plantation 200 years ago. Slavery takes many forms. And today we have our 21st century version.
Some even say we have House Negroes in Sports just as they did 200 years ago on Jefferson’s Plantation and all the others. Notable African American athletes embarrassed to be Black and unwilling to use their fame or their fortunes in anyway to assist African Americans. One of them plays Golf well.
Why go on WHY bother
our point has been
well made true
remains the “promise”
it was on July 4, 1776
and the days that followed
when hopeful Americans
in city after city gathered
to hear the Declaration
read for the First Time in
places like New York City
and Boston and small
EXCEPT on Plantations
where African American
were NOT allowed
to hear the Words
ALL men are
HAPPY July 4th
the Promise of
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