I’m Sorry, what RACE have we won???
This past week has been a very interesting week for race relations here in the United States. If you haven’t been following the story of Cliven Bundy, you are MISSING OUT! Mr. Bundy is a Nevada rancher who has come under fire recently from the Federal Government. They claim that Mr. Bundy has been grazing his herd on federal land for over 20 years, and has refused to pay any taxes on the land. So twenty years and almost a million dollars in back taxes later, The Bureau of Land Management decided to step in and attempt to seize some of his cattle. Mr. Bundy claims that he has an ancestral right to the land and decided that he would protect said land by any means necessary. When the Feds showed up, they were met with strong resistance from Bundy’s ARMED Militia friends who were willing to defend Bundy and his land at all costs and this resulted in a standoff. A stand off in which the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ended up backing down and retreating. Now, just that part of the story in itself is amazing to me. I know for certain that if I were attempting to defend what I thought was my land or property and I just SAID the word gun, my family would either have to come visit me in the can, or would be laying flowers at my grave site. Anyone reading this knows that is the truth. Just when I thought the story couldn’t get anymore interesting, it does.
Once Mr. Bundy had an audience, he took the opportunity to pull out his soapbox and say some pretty outrageous and disturbing things. You can read the quote in its entirety HERE but I’ll just paraphrase. Mr Bundy believes that “The Negro”(His words) is better off as a slave, picking cotton because at least they’d have a job. He believes that Government assistance has only hindered black people and has only caused us to abort our children, send our men to jail and its all because we never learned to pick cotton. These comments are vile, disgusting, and down right sad! I am nowhere near shocked by these comments, but it seems that a lot of other people are. Just when I thought the racism quota for the week had been reached, enter Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling. In the last 48 hours an audio recording of Sterling has surfaced, and lets just say, it appears that in his mind, the year is always 1955. In this recording, Sterling is having an argument with his girlfriend(Who just so happens to be half black and half mexican, oh the irony) about a picture she posted of herself and Magic Johnson on her Instagram page. Here is the link LINK you can listen in its entirety, but again, I will do my best to sum it up for you. Mr. Sterling had a serious issue with his girlfriend posting this picture. He repeatedly asked her why she did it and why she feels she has to publicly associate with “Them” (Just a reminder, his girlfriend is Mexican and BLACK). He went on describe that his feelings and views are just apart of a culture. That all races and ethnicities have certain views of others and thats just the way it is. Sterling told her that she can associate with and even sleep with whatever black people she wants, just do it in private. He doesn’t want to see it on Social Networking, and he doesn’t want black people at his games. This clip was nine minutes of shear nonsense and while I wanted to be in disbelief, I wasn’t.
RACISM IS NOT DEAD! I REPEAT, RACISM IS NOT DEAD! It’s 2014 and because of the Civil Rights battles fought in the 60’s, some things have improved and some things have changed, but racism is alive and well and you shouldn’t need anymore proof than these two gentlemen. Rules were made and laws were put into place to protect disadvantaged and disenfranchised people. The problem? This country isn’t governed by laws, its ruled by money. So instead of outward, blatant racism, we live in a time where its institutionalized and a bit more subtle. Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and you don’t even have to pull up their roster to take a guess on what race makes up the majority of that Roster. Do some homework on Sterling and you’ll quickly find out that he has a history of racism and bigotry, he just got caught on tape this time. So how does a man so racist put a damn near all black team on the basketball court and sleep at night? Simple, his fortune is paid for by their labor. NFL and NBA Commissioners have been called slave masters and plantation owners in the past, and these recent comments by Sterling should give you some insight as to why. These Pro Sport owners can afford to pay these players millions because they themselves make billions! This may rub some of you the wrong way but, the only difference between pro athletes and cotton pickers is compensation. Now, I am not calling these players slaves because true slaves have no freedom and NOTHING can rival that struggle but they’re still slaves, slaves to the money. The wealthy and elite figured out that while some people have strong integrity, values and pride, that all could be bought for the right price. I saw some people on Twitter longing for the days of Muhammed Ali and Jim Brown, the strength, the activism, the pride. Well, those days are long gone! This isn’t just a sports thing, its a pop culture thing. Think about the biggest minority celebrities in the world, then think about their stances on important issues, you probably don’t even know what they are! They speak out just enough to not fuck up their money. What does this do? It leaves us devoid of a leader or someone who can bring us all together on any issue. Instead, we worship the money because well, that’s what gets you a membership into the world of the elites. You gotta come through the back door and they can cancel your membership at anytime but at least you in there, right? All day long I hear from some black people that they don’t see color & that racism doesn’t exist. That we too often play the victim. That if we would stop being so lazy and clean up our appearance, we could do so much more. I always see black ppl calling other black ppl “Coons” & doing “Nigga sh#%”. Are there ignorant black ppl? Of course! Do we have things that we need to work on? You better believe it! But these are things that we need to deal with just like any other race, there are ignorant PEOPLE and that runs all across the board! Magic Johnson is one of the “Good ones”, right? He’s successful, personable and WEALTHY! Well, Donald wants no part of him! Says his girlfriend can like him, but it needs to be behind closed doors. Sadly, this is just what some people think about you and if you don’t believe that, you’re in denial and this world is going to chew you up and spit you the fu#* out! Stop believing that money is the fix. Stop believing that separating yourself from your own brothers and sisters will get you noticed in some different light. Everyone in this country is not racist, but that doesn’t mean that it no longer exists. Between Sterling, Bundy, and the Supreme Court ruling in Michigan, it’s pretty clear that there is more work to do! But it will never happen until we have an open and HONEST dialogue about race in America. And that will NEVER happen unless WE force the issue! The powers that be aren’t interested, it’s bad for business.