By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
This was posted on Black Athlete Sports Network a few years ago. Current athletes need to read this short poem and think before speaking to the American Sports press corp.
This became very clear with the impromptu interview in Seattle, Washington and the National Football Conference Championship game. Richard Sherman, number 25 stated what was on his mind. This happened after he made one of the greatest defensive plays in Championship history. All of this thrown to the curb and Sherman called a THUG.
Another bad guy manufactured by this esteem American press corp. Even thou Mister Sherman is a Stanford graduate with a 3.7 grade point average.
This incident should tell all Black athletes that the press is NEVER on your side.
This is in tribute to the beginning of Black History Month, to our great Black Athletes, and not forgetting our Black disabled brothers and sisters.
THEY TAKE MY KINDNESS FOR …… WEAKNESS.
THEY TAKE MY SILENCE FOR …… SPEECHLESS.
THEY TAKE MY UNIQUE AS …… STRANGE.
THEY TAKE MY LANGUAGE AS ……. SLANG.
THEY SEE MY MISTAKE AS …… DEFEAT.
THEY TAKE MY SUCCESS AS …… ACCIDENT.
THEY MINIMIZE MY INTELLIGENCE TO …… POTENTIAL.
MY QUESTIONS MEANS I AM UNAWARE.
MY ADVANCEMENTS IS SOMEHOW UNFAIR.
TO VOICE MY CONCERN IS DISCONTENT.
IF I STAND UP FOR MYSELF, I AM TO DEFENSIVE.
IF I DON’T TRUST THEM, I AM TOO APPREHENSIVE.
I AM FAKE IF I ASSIMILATE.
MY CHARACTER IS CONSTANTLY UNDER ATTACK.
Written by unknown Disabled Person
This poem is dedicated to all the athletic Black Brothers and Sisters in the sports world that have to fight institutionalized racism. Do not give up, do not give in, you have a special blessing and a special talent from God, talent that the world enjoys.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at email@example.com
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