What’s he ranting about?!
Confession: I spent Sunday in my lounge clothes away and hidden with phone tucked away! It was glorious!! I slept the majority of the day only to wake now and again to see what was happening with “the game”. This one particular time I awoke it was to some crazed man yelling his head off and a seemingly terrified woman with a microphone looking completely dazed and confused.
I was now wide awake!
I continued to watch the broadcast for some explanation. Evidently it was about one guy talking trash about another guy and the recipient of that trash talking ended up taking the trash talker to the “heart break hotel”. Oh…so normal sports stuff?
The fall out conversations about that drama is what bothered me though. Somehow it became a racial thing.
Look, I was an athlete and I’m competitive. I had a mouth in the past and I can talk my share of trash still. I get the whole adrenaline thing. Emotions going stupid and all. But I’ll never get how we can take things to such a high level that it becomes so juvenile! How did this become a race thing?
Argument 1: If it had been a white man going off on a black man that way, there would have been an uproar. But because it was black on black somehow it’s okay.
IMHO: Agree and disagree. I do think a double standard gets played at times and I can’t stand it!! If Sherman had been white and went off like that on a black guy, I do think there would’ve been more of an issue. I don’t agree with that and I don’t like it! I disagree though that because it was black on black that it made it more okay. It wasn’t. Sherman lost control and was arrogant. That has nothing do with color.
Argument 2: Anyone not okay with Sherman’s mouth is racist, prejudice or has no clue of our black culture.
IMHO: Disagree. Again I’ll state that Sherman lost control and was arrogant. That has nothing to do with color or culture.
It’s a sad day when I speak to some of my white friends and they’re almost unsure whether to express their dislike for how Sherman acted because of how that might make them appear. It’s also a sad day when someone has to make it a white vs. black thing instead of just calling Sherman’s actions for what they were.
Am I just being naive? Oooh how I’ve been told that before. Why? Because I’m not FULL black? I’m mixed black and Mexican. Because I was raised in a well off neighborhood? Somehow these things mean that I don’t know “the struggle”. Here’s what I know… I know what’s it like to go to an all white private school and be called n*** daily. I know what it’s like to sit alone on a bus because I’m too dark. I know what it’s like to not be received by a few of my own because I’m not black enough or latin enough. And no I didn’t just feel that, I was told that. My husband and I know what it felt like to be frowned upon because we married and weren’t of the same ethnicity. Or to be told I was dooming any children I would have because they would be mixed. I know what it felt like for someone to politely suggest that a full black family would’ve been better in adopting our youngest son instead of us adopting him because he’s full black and we are not. I could go on for days with story’s of my husband getting profiled and the ridiculousness we’ve dealt with.
So before anyone tries to tell me I’m naive or sheltered I’m gonna politely ask you to slow your roll on that. I do know. I’ve experienced enough and was taught by my father how lived through the thick of it to know you’re gonna get it wrong every time if you keep that chip on your shoulder. I know enough to know that yesterday’s fiasco of an interview with Sherman ain’t got nuthin to do with anyone’s “struggle”. Black or white.
IMHO: Yesterday’s interview had everything to do with built up trash talk, behind the scenes stuff we don’t know, an athlete that just accomplished what so many said couldn’t happen, an athlete junked up on adrenaline and at the end of the day…poor sportsmanship.
Non of that has a thing to do with color or culture. So could we please…PLEASE not always make things a racial issue?