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CNBC to America: Meb Keflezighi Not White Enuf!

Posted in Sports, White Supremacy with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by marcg
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It’s a stunning headline: American Wins Men’s NYC Marathon For First Time Since ’82. Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it sounds. Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he’s not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.

Sigh…it’s a difficult thing. How to be gracious and ego-stroking enough so that white readers will hang around long enough to hear what needs to be said balanced against being able to tell the truth.

Columnist for CNBC, Darren Rovell made an interesting observation about the hoopla over the first American winner of the NY Marathon in 27 years: he’s not white enough.

Like other liberal or conservative white-thinking folks when it comes to race, he didn’t say, literally, what he meant. He graced us with proper racial coding, definitely understood by anyone with two brain cells but enough to guarantee his continued employment at a major news network in Amerikkka.

Barry Bonds and the National White Circus Called Major League Baseball

Posted in MLB, Psychological Warfare, Racism with tags , , on May 25, 2008 by marcg

When it comes to professional sports and race, white fans are like pre-speech toddlers attempting to deliver a lecture on physics. Dave Zirin, whom I don’t always agree with, is one of the only non-Black sportswriters in this country who has a clue.

Professional sports is the national sociological paint canvas upon which racial-psychological politics are metaphorically drawn. Being on the outs in this society, Black folks see this clearly. White folks, rarely actually having to think about race, when called to speak on it, always astonish us with their arrogance but far more often with their extreme ignorance and foolish statements.

The Bonds debacle is all about race. To understand this you have to first understand something political. So if you don’t have the patience to think about things, move along and keep being ignorant cuz you’ll never understand the Barry Bonds saga if you don’t get that this, the United States, is an empire. Like Rome and other empires before, we rule internationally with an unelected, authoritarian iron fist. Domestically, like Rome, we do a lot of jawwing about democracy. Of course the domestic population gets screwed just like the foreign black and brown and yellow people around the globe. In order to keep all of this moving, the US does what so-called democratic empires always do, it provides a circus to turn the population into spectators of spectacles while the rulers do the heavy lifting on stuff that actually matters in the real world (which is not sports). Because the US’, as Rev Wright put it, birth defect of having been born enslaving a large sector of its working class, the US’ circus of choice has always been race. Ostensibly the circus is the big pro sports. But actually, the circus is race.

The biggest pro sports in the US are football, basketball and baseball. The NFL and NBA are largely Black sports and thus tend to not be as reactionary as other sports dominated by whites because the Black population of the country is generally left wing while whites generally numerically are right wing in a political/ideological sense.

Black people dominate football and basketball overtly. Unlike the NFL and NBA, MLB is only 8% Black and thus it is the most reactionary of the big 3 major sports. Though Blacks aren’t represented much in the composition of MLB, still the most coveted mark in all of baseball is held by a Black citizen. This presents a grand opportunity for the white power structure (and regardless of whether or not you believe it is a good thing or not, no one can deny that there is a white power structure; this is an observable fact. The MLB teams and corporations that provide ad revenue are owned almost 100 percent by white males. This is a fact, not opinion)…so the white power structure takes advantage of its largely white MLB audience to use baseball as a stage to play psych games with the minds of Americans as well as to do what circuses do–distract people. In our case, distractions are designed to keep us from paying attention to politics and the rest of real life.

A quick thought experiment makes this clear. Of course, thought experiments are only as effective as the mind of the person attempting to perform the experiment. And as I mentioned before regarding whites thoughts about race, not so impressive. But anyways, imagine if Barry Bonds was instead named Dale Murphy. Nothing and I mean nothing save him being caught in a photograph–no, a video–shaking hands–no, making a bomb–with Osama Bin Laden would keep him off a team or out of the HOF. White players in the big three pro sports are just about impenetrable when they are superstars. Even Clemens, who has far more evidence against him, isn’t being handled the way that Bonds was/is handled. Bonds, who hasn’t been convicted of anything and who wasn’t even being investigated til it was simply decided that he would be. But the thought experiment. Imagine Dale Murphy had broken Hammerin Hank’s record of long balls. The steroid thing would never have come up. Anyone who is honest knows that this is true. We would be discussing building Dale Murphy skyscrapers, naming ballparks after him and sending him around the world as a diplomat for world peace or something. When white players achieve the highest heights only convictions and getting caught red-handed will get them in hot water. And as evidenced by Pete Rose, even when caught red-handed, the punishment has temporal limitations. When Black players f/k up, they’re done. They either go to prison never again to see any kind of contract or even positive publicity, or they are just erased from memory. There are more examples of this than I care to take time to cite. But just look at the behavior of a very white sports like tennis or cycling and the kid gloves deployed to respond to it.
Jenifer Capriati – was on crack but now hailed as comeback kid
Martina Hingis – also caught doing crack; gets to keep all her titles and no bad publicity circus
Lance Armstrong – lots of testimony from people close to him that he used cocaine cocktails and steroids to enhance his performance yet he still gets big endorsement deals and commentators ignore the same kind of hearsay they have virtually convicted Bonds with. Actually the Lance Armstrong hearsay they ignore is much worse than Bonds. But anyways. You get the picture, I hope.

The racial double standard in pro sports is undeniable by anyone that can put two brain cells together for a thought or two. But the Barry Bonds hearsay attack saga rolls on unabated. Meanwhile, over a million Iraqi kids are dead due to a military conflict ordered by white CEOs and their political representatives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Millions more suffer torture in US prison gulags for petty drug charges and tens of millions die slowly because white CEOs won’t allow them or their kids to see a physician until it is too late to do much to help them. All these things happen day in, day out and the same whites that will spend all afternoon coming up with cute remarks to make about Barry Bonds’ lack of a moral code ride around with facist yellow ribbons on their cars and trucks. Right underneath the “W” or “Kerry/Edwards” sticker. They worship those killers while taking a stand on Barry and his behavior in the clubhouse. You people aren’t hypocrites. You all are psychopaths.

If there was a God (which there isn’t) I wish she’d transform this country into something with humanity.

Patriots Have Been Cheating Throughout Entire ‘Dynasty’

Posted in NFL, Psychological Warfare, Racism with tags , , , , on February 14, 2008 by marcg

So it comes out today, that not only has the 2007 NFL Coach of the Year cheated his way through the 2007 season but through every season since 2000. And he isn’t alone. In the strictest definition of the word it was a c-o-n-spiracy. The Pats organization knew the rules. They knew Belichick was breaking them. And they kept it quiet to allow him to continue doing so. I wonder what folks would be saying about the Colts Super Bowl rings if it came out that Tony Dungy had been cheating the season and perhaps game in which they won it? I wonder how it would play if any black coach was determined to have been cheating while winning top honors. I think he/she would be disciplined, shamed and ordered to give back the awards. Like Marion Jones. The Pats aren’t Super Bowl champs.

The New England Patriots are Super Cheaters. And Bill Belichick is the Head Super Cheater in charge. I love the way that sports commentators and white sports fans treat white crime with kid gloves. No talk of suspending Belichick from the game, something that clearly should happen immediately. No talk of putting asterisks besides the Patriots for the past 7 seasons. No talk of making them give back the Super Bowl rings and declaring their wins invalid. No serious talk of any of this. But let a guy like Barry Bonds break a record and there be–and this isn’t figurative but literal–NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING, ONLY SPECULATION and you get every kind of discrediting comment and idea one can think of for both Bonds and his achievements.

This is called racially selective treatment and it is the way things work in the US. Sports is the arena where it is most visible but this is how things work in all US institutions. From revisionist history of the white slaveholders that established our original apartheid govt (the Founders) to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots celebrated for establishing a dynasty while cheating the whole time. This story is more complex than this for sure but as a black weblog, I’m making a few select points because the whitosphere surely won’t bring em up. We’ve gotta do better people.

Kick Belichick outta the league and make the Pats give back their rings. Will that serve as a deterrent? Of course not. The US is a cheating culture through and through. But it’s the right thing to do.

The True Cost of Michael Vick

Posted in Atlanta Politics, NFL, Racism on November 1, 2007 by marcg

Falcons’ Troubles Pile On, Force Blackout

This will of course be blamed on many different factors. But realistically, the electronic lynching of Michael Vick is the reason that for the first time in many years, the Falcons have been blacked out due to insufficient ticket sales. And this, of course, is only the beginning of the end for the franchise.

So to all the racists in Atlanta, Dekalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Henry, Bibb and all the other places in Georgia: was it worth it to see yet another rich black guy crucified publicly because he refused to kiss white ass??? That’s a rhetorical question.  I know no price is too high for you all when it comes to nailing a black man.  ‘Specially a rich one!  The Falcons are toast, tourism in Atlanta will be hit, the city can’t even get ’em on TV now.  The networks will are losing millions because of the blackouts which are a direct response from the the citizens of Atlanta to the unbearable boredom of a Vick-less Falcons squad.

I’m sure none of this matters to you all cuz hey, you got him!  Well, the bloodletting is just beginning. Let’s give it another year and we’ll revisit this.

Martina Hingis, Former #1 Ranked Tennis Star Gets Caught Using Cocaine. Retires!

Posted in bias, Psychological Warfare, racial, Racism, Sports, Tennis, White People with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2007 by marcg

Hingis Tests Positive For That White Lady – No, Not Hillary

And the sporting world is trying to ignore it. As they do almost everytime a serious white star/public figure/celeb is caught coked up. Or using some kind of performance enhancing drug. But ask Barry Bonds, if you are black you need not pull a Martina Hingis and test positive for drugs to be front page news all week long. We could do thought experiments all day long as to what this would look like if Venus or Serena had tested positive for cocaine. But anyone who’s honest knows the rap so I won’t go too far into it for now. Back to Hingis.

She is denying it. Of course. But her urine sample as well as the backup both have tested positive. Her PR firm suggested she do a private test (what the fuck is that when it comes to drug exams?????) and of course Hingis’ own private test has come back negative for coke. What a surprise. I wonder why her own test is negative and both the primary and backup official screenings are both positive for coke? The official tests must have been done by some European socialist government. Never trust the government to do what can be done in private.

Hingis has proved it right here.

Anyway. It will be interesting to watch this play out in the press. Sorry, but I just can’t help but imagine the 3-ring media circus we would be getting right now if one of the Williams sisters had tested positive for cocaine. Then immediately retired while denying the charges and taking ‘private‘ tests that came back negative. The press would march Serena’s ass up the hill to Calvary for the most public crucifixion ever. It’s 6:45pm Eastern time and the paper of record has the story listed in 12 point font at the sixth slot down in the inconspicuous ‘More News’ section.

Unless you have one of those $3500 36 inch LCDs it is definitely ‘beneath the fold’. Hingis is not Amurkan so I am taking that into consideration regarding the underexposure of her cocaine bust story. But for this to be such a non-story can’t only be attributed to her nationality when one also considers how high a profile player she has been and is was. She’s been ranked #1 in women’s tennis at least four separate times. She has ‘retired’ while in the top 20 in the game.

The big question on everyone’s mind is this:

Will her cocaine bust reflect negatively on Andy Roddick? What the fuck am I talking about? The question makes no sense but one must understand that when you’re not white, these are the kinds of questions you must be prepared to deal with. In the world of being white, what one white person gets caught doing has no bearing on the moral character of other whites. As it should be. Problem is that if you’re not in the right club, the white club, you are subject to a different rulebook.

As the world turns…

The Nation Magazine vs. Dave Zirin

Posted in NFL, Racism on August 24, 2007 by marcg

Dave ZirinOkay, I embellish writing that it is the magazine vs Zirin. However, in a sense its truer than true. The opinion represented byKatha Pollitt of The Nation Nation magazine writer Katha Pollitt represents what I’ve experienced as being widely held opinions and the viewpoint of the majority of self-styled white progressives in this country. When the rubber meets the road, they, like Katha Pollitt are woefully unprepared to reach informed and helpful conclusions around social/political events centering on African people in the United States. When the theoretical morphs into reality by way of an incident and the terrain is determined by ABCNNBCBS and FOX News headlines instead of sociological studies, white progressives, as a group, almost always sound a lot more like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly or Glenn Beck, the insane right wing, than anything remotely reflecting the Left credentials they so proudly put forward at any other time.

Dave Zirin dismantles her (and their) hypocrisy in 2 short exchanges with Pollitt published online at The Nation website (I presume) and at Zirin’s Edge of Sports website. Zirin refers to the exchange as ‘a debate’. I don’t really see it. Perhaps more of a ‘talking to’ for as Zirin points out, Pollitt and the white progressive opinion she represents, clearly doesn’t know what it’s talking about when it comes to the intersection of popular culture, race and sports. Long on opinion and short on experience, perspective and insight, they just don’t get it.

It’s a fun read that informs on much more than Vick and dogfighting.

Full Debate on Vick With Katha Pollitt

Glavine’s Return to Atlanta Met With Boos; The AJC Pretends To Be Perplexed

Posted in MLB, Racism on July 31, 2007 by marcg

tom-glavine.jpgThe AJC reports on the NY Mets’ Tom Glavine’s return to Atlanta as he stands one game away from his 300th win, making him only the 23rd pitcher to ever do so. The fans aren’t impressed and are predominantly booing Glavine, who left the Braves for more money in New York. While other players are painted as being justifiably booed according to the AJC, fan disapproval of Glavine is vexing. Even quoting Georgia State University professor Cliff Kuhn, they still feign ignorance as to what is happening.

Kuhn reasons that it is the team that Glavine left Atlanta for, saying:

This is a region with strong pockets of anti-union sentiment

Anti-union sentiment. This is also, I guess, a region of very large pockets. This is Professor Kuhn’s media-friendly way of articulating that white Braves fans are racists. They don’t like the pitcher that helped win them the only championship in the team’s history because he went to play for the city that, to southern whites, represents the force that wouldn’t allow them to continue killing and enslaving black people. Kuhn doesn’t come right out with it but what is anti-union sentiment about if not the perception of the Old South having been lost due to those meddlin’-nigger lovin’ Yankees?

But we all know that race is rarely discussed plainly in the US and especially not in the US South.

Read the entire article from the AJC.