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The Unexpressed Anger of Black Men In America (Part Two)
“I work like a slave to become a master” – Antonio Hardy a.k.a. (Big Daddy Kane) NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — Despite what anyone thinks, America was built on the foundation of “white supremacy and Black inferiority.” Therefore, all relationships formed between whites and non-whites are based on a “master-slave relationship.”
I see it every year around draft time, whether it’s the NFL Draft or the NBA Draft.
Supinely, these two highly-rated televised events look shockingly similar to the slave auctions of the past. For those that disagree or are upset with me for making this obvious comparison, let’s not forget that somewhat controversial Sports Illustrated cover with Sir Charles Barkley entitled “Charles Unchained” in which Barkley posed as a “slave” with chains around his neck, wrist, and ankles.
So as you watch the NBA Draft, carefully observe how all of these white reporters, agents, PR directors, managers, coaches, executives, and owners start advising Black athletes to smile more, wear this and not that, stop looking so mean, and lose the attitude.
Why? Because, they are now official property of the NBA. The key word is property. And they can be traded like cattle at anytime.
Why? Because they are slaves to the system,” branded” by corporations like Nike, Reebok, Gatorade, Wheaties, and Hanes.
And if they act unruly, they will be “cut,” replaced, and even “shipped” overseas for their insubordination. Yes, these NBA owners and general managers have the ability to “kill” careers with the stroke of a pen, because the pen is mightier than the sword.
As a result, they begin to braking down these young athletes physically, psychologically, spiritually and sometimes sexually as if they were “slaves” who had been traveling in packed slave ships during the Middle Passage before being dropped off in the Caribbean Islands.
Because during these NBA or NFL Combines, they are questioned, provoked, challenged, tested, weighted, measured, humiliated, and “whipped” into shape for their personal entertainment.
Let’s not forget, what happened to the Dallas Cowboy first round draft pick Dez Bryant during a pre-draft interview this year in Miami when Dolphins’ general manager Jeff Ireland asked him if his mother was a prostitute.
But despite all of this probing, these young Black athletes like Bryant must remain calm and never show any sign of anger. They, in fact, must continue to smile, bear it, and “take it like a man.”
Why? Because, nobody wants to see an angry Black man.
This year’s physical punching bag, however, is the University of Kentucky’s freshman 6-foot-11, 292-pound center DeMarcus Cousins, who was selected as the 5th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft.
But if you listened to the media, however, before you even met Cousins, you would have thought he was some kind of monster by the way some of these sports commentators were describing him.
They labeled him a “thug, a troublemaker, and a killer” even though he has no criminal record and has never been in trouble with the law.
Matter of fact, even when Cousins was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, someone at ESPN felt it was their duty to warn “the good people of Sacramento” that he had five technical fouls last year at the University of Kentucky as a freshman, which was second in the nation.
So on Cousins’ biggest night, this was the stat they decided to highlight. So why is everybody picking on Cousins, you ask? Because he seems to behave like a “bad slave.”Ooops. (I mean a bad player) that may cause some trouble on one of these NBA (plantations)
Ooopps. I mean NBA teams.Yeah, everybody wants to turn DeMarcus Cousins into a huggable, lovable, little, teddy bear instead of a growling, grizzly bear. Or should I say use an old Malcolm X analogy, they are trying to turn a (field n**** into of a house n*****).
For that very reason, I agree with legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, who has coached some of the best centers in the NBA which includes Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Dikembe Mutombo when he said, “You have way too many butterflies and not enough bulls in the NBA.”
But several NBA scouts are still turned off by Cousins’ bullish attitude and many of them would love to be the matador that slays this “raging bull.”
Why? Because, they feel Cousins talks too loudly and walks too boldly. They also feel like he is immature (he is only 19 years old by the way), uncoachable at times and very disrespectful.
They drew this conclusion because as a freshman at Kentucky, Cousins was seen yelling at his master. (Ooops). I mean, his head coach (John Calipari) during a nationally-televised game.
Remember what I previous stated earlier in this article that all relationships established between whites and non-whites are based upon “a master-slave relationship.”
Just consider the recently “fathead “remarks from the Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert towards LeBron James’ “decision” to leave the City of Cleveland for Miami.
Gilbert’s words were so harsh and mean-spirited that they prompted the Rev.Jesse Jackson, of the Rainbow Push Coalition to say, “His (Gilbert’s) feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave.”
Jackson’s statement, of course, upset a few white reporters and caused a slight uproar in the sports and entertainment world. For instance, TMZ’s Harvey “I am a Lawyer” Levin replied “that is absurd…come on.”
As Levin smirked at Jackson’s slavery comparison, one of his paparazzi storm troopers made the sarcastic joke, “You know the difference between a slave and Lebron’s situation ……about 65 million dollars,” which drew a few chuckles in the room.
Here is another classic example of that superior attitude, in which, they try to interpret our emotions and downplay our opinions on situations that affects us. I, however, suggest that they all read “40 Million Dollar Slaves” by William C. Rhoden.
After reading “40 Million Dollar Slaves”, hearing Gilbert’s rant and rave about LeBron, I can imagine what “some” of those “good ole boys and big money, bluegrass Kentucky alumni probably said when they saw Cousins arguing Coach Cal: The conversation in the press box probably sounded something like this: “Ain’t nobody in Kentucky told that boy that public displays of anger toward a “white man in authority is considered a sin here in the South? Don’t that boy no; he is not to raise his voice at his master.”
“Hasn’t nobody told that boy not to eyeball no white man? I think that young Black “buck” is too dangerous to play in the NBA. Hell, he might decide to choke his master, I mean his coach, like Latrell Sprewell or something. “
“Ain’t nobody told that fool that the NBA is a business and he is officially our property now.”
Yeah, DeMarcus, this is what they think about you…. when they look up at you.
But the ball is in your court now. Don’t become a slave to the game.
Because you are the master of your own destiny.
NEXT: Public displays of anger.