A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
The NBA’s Bruce Levenson Merely Knows His White Folks . . . .
The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks team Owner Bruce Levenson right about White Folks
Obviously, as a businessman, he’s .just trying to give his prime, perhaps preferred by most pro franchise owners . . . target audience -White sportsfans, what they want – a entertainment climate and environment basically void of Black spectators, say only a “token” representation, akin to what we see in most aspects of American life – a Hobbit’s handful of of Black folks in the joint. . . as to not upset, scare and irritate most White folks . . . and of course the wealthier the better.
Am I lying?
Is Mr. Levenson lying? You decide; My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base. Please dont get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arean back then. i never felt uncomfortable, but i think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority. On fan sites i would read comments about how dangerous it is around philips yet in our 9 years, i don’t know of a mugging or even a pick pocket incident. This was just racist garbage. When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many blacks at the games.
I find it interesting and all-so-very telling how NBA fatcat frat brothers Donald Sterling and Bruce Levenson seem to have this same particular perception of US Society; White people, their people, don’t like being around too-many Black people.
Call me cra-cra, tell me I’m out on a one of those giant Yosemite Sequoia tree limbs . . . but I think most White folks, the vast overwhelming majority of them simply don’t want to associate with Black people, especially Black commoners, the rift-’”raf.
To confirm that notion, we don’t have to look any further nor deeper than the turbulent, horrific history of this nation’s race relations, coupled-with for the last half-century “White Flight” is a given, not merely below the Mason Dixon Line, but coast-to-coast White folks fleeing any form of inclusion and diversity js common. Combined, yesterday and today, it’s hard to imagine a tomorrow where Blacks n’ Whites hold-hands and sing love songs.
And when it comes to class . . . In America, rich people are better than poor people, not to mention – God is money, and money is God. There’s no denying those harsh realites.
Mainstream WASP America, from Main Street to Wall Street is in-different, disinterested and disconnected from Black people. . . purposefully. Most, not all, but yes most rather not “mix n’ mingle” is with Blacks . . . I don’t think they “like” us.
Even more perplexing, I’d submit we, as a people, don’t grasp the depth of their disdain for us. The over-reactoon of Johnny Law, to go all GI Joe up in Ferguson Missouri “shocked” far too-many Black folks. It only confirmed what I already knew.
And what a successful businessman like Mr Levenson merely understands.
Ponder this point, sadly you hear Black Sportsmen talk about how they love to “perform-for” their fans, prance. do a little dance, shake their tail-feathers . . . in the identical fashion as a buck-eyed minstrel in a 1937 Black n’ White Charlie Chan movie, envision “step n’ fetch it. . .” hi-paid clowns who’re somehow, either ignorant or oblivious to the sad reality 50% of the fans in the stadium adhere to a Redneck culture which refers to Blacks as Apes, baboons and monkeys.
Hell, Mormons believed/believe Blacks actually have tails.
See, as Blacks we’ve this misinformed misconception most White folks think we’re 100% human.
Seriously, scores of Blacks believe White guys don’t care if a Black family moves next-door, sits by their daughter at school, comes over and jumps in the pool . . .. yes, our sense of who we are and where we are, who we’re dealing with is chilflike and lacking. We’re at a tank fight with a shotgun,. We’d showed up for the test with no pen . . . And please note, this misguided mindset is more prevalent amongst professional, credential holding, educated Black folks who naively believe their accomplishments separate them from the rank n’ file field Negroes in the eyes of logical White folks . . . .
No, at the end of the day . . . we’re all basically still Niggers. ‘
“Whites, isolating n’ insulating themselves from Americans pf color has been the norm since MLK/LBJJFK n’ RFK sought-to craft a “Greater Society” than the racially segregated and economically unequal one the US had for centuries . . . White folks have been “on-the-run,” trying to avoid living with or around Black and Brown folks.
“Most White folks don’t like Black folks . . .” as a Black man, that’s not a statement I shake my head over. No, instead it is a “given” fact to me. All I’ve seen, all I’ve experienced in my life screams so. In my humble guesstimation only a small minority, say 1 in 5, 20/25% at most of White folks desire a color filled world.
Toleration is a better term to describe our national interracial marriage. I guess we stay together for the sack of the children? Or the lifestyle shackin’ up together affords us . . .?
.Mr Levenson’s observations underscores the disdain and resentment he sees held for Blacks: For the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops. then one day a light bulb went off. when digging into why our season ticket base is so small, i was told it is because we can’t get 35-55 white males and corporations to buy season tixs and they are the primary demo for season tickets around the league. when i pushed further, folks generally shrugged their shoulders. then i start looking around our arena during games and notice the following:
— it’s 70 pct black
— the cheerleaders are black
— the music is hip hop
— at the bars it’s 90 pct black
— there are few fathers and sons at the games
— we are doing after game concerts to attract more fans and the concerts are either hip hop or gospel.
Look at Mike Ditka, he’s NFL Ol’ School Royalty and he breaks-bread with self-proclaimed ”Confederate” secessionist Sarah Palin . . . . Rush Limbaugh can regularly, regularly I say be found in an NFL or MLB owner’s stadium penthouse where he enjoys a Churchill with his fellow good ol boy country club while their ” Niggers, n’ Spics “ . . . and poor White Polish/Irish trash entertain and enrich them.
Arrogant aristocrats “utilizing” America’s official pastime and religion, the NFL as bread, beer, wine and weed for the dumb, numb -sculled masses – distracting you and I while they steal the “American Dream.”
Levenson goes on with his honest perspective, because that’s what it is, and that’s what’s frightening.; I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while i don’t care what the color of the artist is, i want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that’s our season tixs demo. i have also balked when every fan picked out of crowd to shoot shots in some time out contest is black. I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.
Gradually things have changed. My unscientific guess is that our crowd is 40 pct black now, still four to five times all other teams. And my further guess is that 40 pct still feels like 70 pet to some whites at our games. Our bars are still overwhelmingly black.
This is obviously a sensitive topic, but sadly i think it is far and way the number one reason our season ticket base is so low.
In terms of life, living/playing this game we all play called life, it sadly seems, perhaps because of our collective past -cast at the bottom of the cast totem pole, that “life,” for most Black folks is akin to playing checkers, at the backyard bar-b-q on a cool summer afternoon . . .: at stake, not much, perhaps a life-time earnings of $850’000 . . . while, on the other hand it seems White America, and particularly corporate America and specifically the cold, Vulcan-like detached -from the dirty-little people “Investor Class” – those exploitative pimps, these people are engaged in a bout of multi-level chess, something out of a vintage 1967 Star Trek episode, playing-for lifetime earnings which are in the millions, tens-of-millions, hundreds-of-millions . . . – they’re serious, serious cutthroats .
Just win baby Win.
ESPN’s Mike n’ Mike,were entertaining this topic, and as much as I love these guys . . . they’re delusional, sippin’’ on too-many Mimosas spiked with Mike’s hard Lemonade if they can concretely chalk-up Atlanta’s poor season ticket/attendance/revenue woes to a transit/mobile population. Sure that’s a factor but at the end of the night . . . White folks just don’t want to hangout with Black folks.
Too Black - that description applies to schools, malls, restaurants, churches, neighborhoods, workplaces, cities. . . .
Don’t forget, America’s cemeteries, like virtually everything else, were officially racially-segregated up until a-few decades ago. Sunday is still the most-segregated day of the week. Mr. Levenson was admitting-to and catering-to the desires and taste of White NBA fans – folks some might call Negro luvers . . . and even for these “quasi-Wiggers” the room is too-Black, damn what does that say about White America?