you may ask is rearing its ugly head.
Of course its white supremacy,
that dastardly concept/attitude/belief
system that conventional white American
wisdom would have you believe mysteriously
disappeared (first, after the end of the
civil war, and then the vestiges after
the Civil Rights Acts of 1965).
In case you haven't noticed, the supremacists
have been on the rise for some time: aggressively
since 1980 when the poster boy for Tarzan
aficionados – Ron Reagan –
was elected. It's interesting that
President Ron (may his rotten soul be
tortured forever and ever) and his media
savvy self, recognized right away that
whoever controls the media (and of course
education) controls the minds of Americans.
Thus Ron engaged the public via
the mass media in saying just whatever
entered his deranged mind. We won't
delve into the result of this warmonger's
public rants against people of color throughout
the world. Suffice it to say the
cost in lives ran into the millions.
was about that time that the corporate
media and its entertainment sedatives
(movies, television, music, sports) began
to organize to one, control the airwaves
and then secondly, take incredible license
with respect to constructing a decidedly
pale view of contemporary American culture.
Sometimes overt, but more often
nuanced, the entertainment industry contributes
more than a little to the premise that
white folks and western culture is superior
to that of other races and ethnic groups.
tend not to want to believe this but,
simply take a look at two recent developments
– one in the sports arena and the
other in the music industry. By
now we should be familiar with the American
Olympic basketball team and their disappointing
showing during the games. But,
no matter how bad the team performed,
it was no comparison to the stupid, outlandish
and racist harangue spewed primarily by
sports talk show hosts. Philly's
line-up of commentators are a particularly
ignorant bunch. That is to be expected
in a city with the racial history of the
city of brotherly love. The Jackie
Robinson historical video documentary
cites Philadelphia as having the most
virulently racist fans and players.
And, well let's just leave it at: we have
a statue of Frank Rizzo.
any rate the gang in Philly sports radio
latched onto the perverted young Black
male stereotypes and couldn't help but
invent some new ones. They ran
along with the silly notions that the
Olympic players (all of whom were Black)
are not fundamentally sound and they do
not play as a team. None of these
overpaid jokesters has any sense of what
fundamental basketball is about in 2004
(the game has changed – and shooting
is only one fundamental skill).
They have no idea of the rigor required
for NBA players, especially on the defensive
end of the court. Consider this:
if no defense is played in the NBA or
by its new stars, then why aren't the
fundamentally sound, excellent foul shooting
players from Bucknell or Colgate dominating
the NBA?? It's all about D in the
NBA, and if you can't get a shot off,
you can't score. Moreover, defense
is all about the team concept.
"problem" with the NBA has been going
on for 25 years. It's always something.
At the end of the 70s and the end
of the 80s to the early 90s, white sports
writers were at the throats of the predominantly
black league. Have the "regular
guys" know-it-all sports pundits ever
talked favorably about the defensive prowess
of the 1990 Knicks, the champion Houston
Rocket teams, the Bulls or Detroit?
Of course not, because defense connotes
hard work, and blacks don't do that. If
the '88-'89 Knicks had been predominantly
white they would have been lionized.
And, anyone who tells you that playing
zone defense is physically or mentally
comparable to man-to-man is quite frankly,
what should be obvious, talk show hosts
not only besmirched the character and
abilities of people like Shaun Marion,
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan,
Allen Iverson, Duane Wade and Carlos Boozer,
but they indicted them as being virtually
anti-American and unworthy of representing
the country. Caricatured as spoiled,
juvenile delinquents, the sports talk
guys, in typical, unaccountable fashion,
painted a distorted picture that was informed
not by the facts, but by their perverse
ideas of Black culture and today's youth.
popular, and astoundingly rich, Lebron
James is the model team player.
As a rookie straight out of high school
he averaged 5.5 rebounds a game and six
assist per outing, while shooting 75%
from the charity stripe. Sounds
like a team player to me, and he ain't
half bad on the fundamentals. The
other rookie superstar, Carmelo Anthony,
led his NBA team in scoring and to the
playoffs, while shooting 77% from the
foul line. To his credit Olympic
coach Larry Brown defended his young players
and pointed out that while most other
teams practiced more than 50 times for
the games, Team USA had fewer than 20
we saw in many of the international games,
foreign players are as aggressive and
talented as many NBA players. They
dribble through their legs, behind their
backs and make difficult shots.
Creatively getting away from defenders
is now fundamental !!
The foreigners still have defensive
shortcomings, and if the ruggedness of
the international officiating ever abates,
that could spell trouble for some of the
Europeans and South Americans.
The bottom line is the US players just
have to play hard, because these new guys
are not giving anything up. That
makes for great basketball. Imagine
if the talk show programs were as integrated
and informed as the game itself.
Well, this is America.
Part II – Next time .
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