Qualities of a sport players is to be talented, aggressive, a team player, and egotistical. In addition to being an entertainer, a provocateur, that wins the game. This is what sells tickets and sets the media and blog-sphere on fire. Therefore, it’s mind-boggling when an elitist fan spurs their hate against the player for essentially being a performer. As if the sign of an ego is truly a big surprise.
It’s not all the egotistical sport players that ills the elitist fan. No my friend, this hate is reserved for the black sport player. It is not ok for a black sport player like Richard Sherman to boast on his talent. A talent no less that cemented the victory for the Seattle Seahawks, a victory that led to a slot in the Super Bowl. After the win and high on adrenalin, how dare Sherman have the audacity to say, “I’m the best corner in the game!” an animated Sherman told Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like (the 49ers’ Michael) Crabtree, that’s the result you are going to get! Don’t you even talk about me!” Did no one ever teach Sherman to “mind your place boy?” Clearly not, as he still said what he said. No worries the internet was prepared to whip him into shape.
To relate a black man to a monkey in a jungle, or a screaming animal, or a nigger is fair game in the country of white privilege. After all, how dare a black entertainer be proud of an accomplishment and talk trash of an opponent, who does he think he is? Or could it be that the elitist fan skipped out on history class when it was discussed that the Yankees won the Civil War. This subsequently ended slavery of black people (not immediately but eventually). Or maybe they’re from the south and believe in The War of Northern Aggression. This mind-thought would make sense to the lack of knowledge that The Civil Rights Act ended Jim Crow Laws and segregation. By the way, the President is black. Not to mention, sport players are individuals, they are allowed to express themselves. It’s protected under the First Amendment in the Constitution ‘freedom of speech’, just as an elitist fan expression of racism is.
Sadly, Sherman will continue to be riddled with self-deflecting idiocy because only some have learned from history, while others will die living in a dark past filled with mistakes. Hate has always been, just ask Joe Ward of the Washington Capital’s 2012 win and the outline of hate that riddled his twitter page then. Damn that black man for scoring a victory.
The racist bus doesn't stop here with the elitists fan. In 2013, the NBA implemented a dress code addressing the need for players to be required to wear ‘business casual’ clothing, like khakis and sport jackets. The policy forbids one from wearing headgear of any kind while a player is sitting on the bench or in the stands at a game, during media interviews, or during a team or league event or appearance (unless appropriate for the event or appearance, team-identified, and approved by the team). Chains, pendants, or medallions worn over the player's clothes. Sunglasses while indoors. Headphones (other than on the team bus or plane, or in the team locker room). Players and critics immediately noted the overtone of racism. Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76’ers at the time commented that "They're targeting my generation - the hip hop generation." The policy unabashedly targeted the hip hop generation, a predominately black community. The NBA says this was not the intention. Instead, they wanted to portray a more business like environment. Some critics disagree and believe the move was done to appease the white audience. Regardless, the message is clear no hip hop imagery in NBA, but cowboy boots and cowboy hats allowed. After all, there’s no negativity or waste less violence associated with a good ole hardworking cowboy, but those rappers, they are thugs (aka drug dealers).
At one point in time there was rumored talk to disavow players from wearing dreads and braids, again something associated with African Americans. Yet never was there a rumored conversation to forbid players from having blonde hair or red hair. Like the elitist fan, the business operation has a noose over black sport players, although they’ll never have the courage to admit it out loud, instead deflect.
The moral of this story, people are racist. Black sports players unfortunately have to learn to deal with it. The media has given a silent permission for racists to target anyone that doesn't look like them or follow their specific rule of behavior. All one can say to an elitist sports fan and the business world is BLACK SPORT PLAYERS ARE NOT YOUR SLAVES. They will never be what you want them to be, submissive. Cheers to freedom!
Yup I went there.