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The Biggest Problem Facing the Black Community

Jason Whitlock

The biggest problem with the black community isn’t external. It isn’t gangsta rap music or white men who may feel entitled to call young black women whores on their radio show. The problem isn’t the racism. The biggest problem of the black community is the black community. Our inability to come together at times of adversity is our single biggest problem.

When the public trial of Rutgers VS Imus broke it was assumed that it would be a no-brainer for every black person, and conscious people of other colors, everywhere to rally to the side of one of our own who was maliciously attacked on nationally syndicated radio program. Never did I think I would see such divisiveness in our own community over something so obvious. Instead, many black people popped out of the woodwork to voice their dissention over prominent black people’s focus on retribution from Imus when we should be focusing on rappers in our community.

This is an excellent example of logic of a retarded nature. Retardation is when something is being held back, slowed down, or hindered. The logic that black people should not be doing anything until larger issues are taken care of first hinders our struggle against white domination. The fact that black people are so ready and willing to jump in front of a white man’s television camera and so publicly air his choice to withhold support just adds fuel to the retardation machine.

Jason Whitlock, a sports writer for the Kansas City Star and part time commentator on ESPN, is a prime example of what is wrong with the black community. When I first saw the tape of Mr. Whitlock’s interview on the CBS early morning news program, I wanted to give the man the benefit of doubt. Here’s a brother who is obviously messed up in his thinking about the needs and concerns of the black community and he’s willing to air his dissention on national television. I thought about how he condones white people’s racism but responds so vehemently to what he feels is black people’s hypocrisy. I thought Mr. Whitlock was a misguided tom.

But then I be damned! The more I began to learn of Mr. Whitlock’s character the more I began to realize Mr. Whitlock is a danger to the black community. The more I began to learn of Mr. Whitlock the more obvious it became that Mr. Whitlock is the type of black tom who would happily choose to reinforce the subjugation of his entire race under the pretense that black people need to focus on the bigger issues other than white people calling black people whores.

In an article dated April 15th that appears on the Kansas City Star’s website Mr. Whitlock says, “I am not defending Don Imus. I shed no tears over his comeuppance. I simply question the motives of the people who pushed the hardest and shouted the loudest for Imus’ demise.” Maybe Mr. Whitlock is as naïve as he tries to make himself sound. However, I simply question the motives of a man who is pushing the hardest and shouting the loudest for division in the black community.

As a sports writer Mr. Whitlock is in an occupation to understand better than most people the potential danger to a sports team when there’s division and dissention to team leadership. A team that plays divided, regardless of talent, is less successful than one that operates as a single entity. If a player doesn’t agree with the coaching staff he/she doesn’t keep pushing that poison through the game. The player swallows their pride, puts the ego to the side, and does whatever is necessary to assure the success of the team.

Mr. Whitlock is no misguided tom. He is the ruthless tom who has made a conscious decision to help foster dissension and confusion in the black community. Mr. Whitlock is making a careful and calculated maneuver to weaken the potential strength of the black community and sow seeds of discord. He claims not to defend Don Imus. But if there was ever a legal proceeding over this matter I’m sure one of the tactics that would be employed on Mr. Imus’ behalf would be to question the motives of the people who pushed for his dismissal. Say what you will Mr. Whitlock. But you are a disgrace to your race and a credit to being a tom.

Sunday, April 22, 2007 - Posted by | Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Jason Whitlock, Spirituality


  1. Being a black Kansas Citian myself, I think Jason Whitlock has lost himself a long time ago.

    Comment by PBlanton | Monday, May 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. whitlock is a tom, has always been one

    Comment by jesse lee peterson | Thursday, November 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. Villiano,

    By all means you are welcome to disagree and make an opposing comment. But, if you care to make a comment on this blog you need to be more respectful. In the mean time, you may want to take lessons on blogging etiquette. Hateful and insulting comments are not welcome here. Your comment has been rejected.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, December 18, 2007 | Reply

  4. Brotherpeacemaker, I totally agree. We, meaning the black race, have to understand that while America has made many strides, we STILL have a long way to go. Just look at some of the things said during the recent presidential election and the fact that white men were buying guns in droves afterwards. You know, it’s fear that drive the scared to act ignorant. It’s time many of the “logical” blacks out there open their eyes and take a look at what is really going on–good, bad, and indifferent.

    Comment by Iam Robert | Friday, December 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. How is it that the author can be so critical of Whitlock for being a dividing force in the Black community, when he himself (the author) uses the word ‘tom’? Sounds pretty dividing to me.

    Why should Don Imus be punished for the terminology he used if those rappers responsible for the genesis of the terminology itself are never scrutinized?

    Also, in response to “Iam Robert” who made a comment regarding guns— Yes, “white men” were buying guns in droves, but only because they were concerned about their right to bear arms being taken away from him by an administration that had threatened to do so. Also, before you make general, sweeping statements such as “white men…in droves”, think about how the black community would react to an equally general statement made towards blacks.

    I also know that there are a lot of “black thugs” that purchase guns in droves, often to help facilitate their lucrative and criminal acts. Still though, this is not a reflection of all African Americans. So, in the spirit of not being a hypocritical writer, please try to stand by the same basic principles that you are trying to indoctrinate into everyone else.

    Whitlock is correct to not simply blame whites for the problems of the African American community, just as Bill Cosby was, and is in making the same assertions.

    “Iam Robert”, don’t act like you are educated or logical in your thinking, because you clearly lack the capacity to think outside the box. Do yourself a favor and take a good look at the ACORN tapes littering the media landscape. Afterall, you were the one that called for all those “logical” blacks, right?

    Comment by John T. Jr. | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. Also, I cannot even begin to explain the lack of admiration I feel towards whoever chose the picture for this article. It seems to me that a picture of Jason Whitlock with two white women, accompanied by the title, “The Biggest Problem Facing the Black Community” reflects poorly on efforts to integrate races.
    You seem to be championing the Marcus Garvey “Back to Africa” movement. Do you really find a black man posing for a photograph with white women to be that threatening? I hope not, because if you do, that is greater reflection of your lack of intelligence than anything you wrote in the article.

    Comment by John T. Jr. | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | Reply

  7. Thanks for the feedback John T. Jr.,

    But it seems I have you at a disadvantage. it appears that you’ve read a lot of things into my article that were never there. For example, you wrote that I’m ”critical of Mr. Whitlock for being a dividing force in the black community.” Where exactly did I write that he was dividing the black community? Mr. Whitlock is a straight up tom who would sell black people out white people’s approval. How does that sound like he’s dividing black people? If anything he’s unifying the black community by selling the entire black community out.

    In typical dominant community fashion you want to judge all black people based on the behavior of a few black people. Because a few black rappers use derogatory language about black people, then no black person should say jack about white people using derogatory language about black people. The premise of your argument is in itself racist. Would you say that white people should deal with murder because they watch movies where white people are murdered and killed? The logic of your argument shows your limited thought process.

    You have a lack of admiration because of the picture. Boo-fucking-hoo! I am so hurt. Where did you get the impression that I’m coming down on Mr. Whitlock because he takes pictures with white women? What sense did that make? Your nonsense is really telling. People like you simply don’t know jack about reading an article and sticking to the point at hand without trying to read every flaky racist stereotype about black people into the story. And you bring up Marcus Garvey and the back to Africa movement? Sounds like you’re talking out your ass and you have a severe case of diarrhea.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | Reply

  8. John T. Jr.,

    I guess I should’ve known you were too dense to figure out that you’re no longer welcome here. So let me try and spell it out for you…

    Go away! You are no longer welcome here! I think Mr. Whitlock has a blog that you might have an appreciation for. I’m sure he’d love to see you kissing his ass.


    PS – Peace is my name. Not some wish for you to be tranquil. Frankly, you can go to hell!

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, September 17, 2009 | Reply

  9. John T. Jr,

    What post were you reading? I truly wish to read that too. It never fails that people with a lack of reading comprehension are the ones who have the most to say about a written post.

    What the hell does ACORN or their silly tapes have to do with this post? Why don’t you go and look at the case where a black army reservist was beaten by a white man in front of her child. Since we are suggesting things that are totally off topic.

    And BrotherP,

    You know damn well that these fools who have half a brain never take a hint. They act as if there is some law that says they can go to anyone’s blog and say whatever the hell they please without being shown the door. You have every right to tell this freak not to let the door hit him on his way out.

    John T Jr., see ya sucker and wouldn’t want to be ya.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Friday, September 18, 2009 | Reply

  10. John T Jr.,

    Ha! You are funny! Guess what there isn’t one law in any part of this country that says that I or anyone else has to let some jerk in our home, on our blog, in my business or anywhere else for that matter to spew stupidity.

    Get that straight. Yes, you are entitled to your opinion and you are entitled to speak your mind, but like I said you are NOT entitled to do it when you are in MY or someone elses domain.

    This isn’t your house. I am sure that if I came to your house and started some crap talking stupid, you would kick me out. Should I then scream that I have the right to be in your house talking trash? Of course NOT!

    It’s your house, you do what you want and with who you want in your place. But you DO NOT have the right to do it in someone else HOME, BLOG OR OTHER ESTABLISHMENT!

    So take your silly name calling and corny rhetoric and go away as you were asked so politely the first time. And in case you didn’t notice, I never called you anything, oops, except sucker, I was speaking generally. But if the shoe fits by all means wear it.

    Now go and cry on someone else blog about things that don’t even have anything to do with their post. From the anger you show I guess you get this a lot. Being kicked off of blogs that is.

    You ARE the weakest link, goodbye!

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Friday, September 18, 2009 | Reply

  11. “…hinders our struggle against white domination.” I tend to stop reading when I see such propaganda, but I forced myself to get through the entire post.

    Well, as a white guy, I guess, as usual, I am, by default, a racist oppressor. Sucks to be me. Anyhoo, just wanted to say I am glad not all black folk agree with the views expressed in this blog post. I have liked Whitlock for a long time. But, I suppose that just confirms that he is horrible and I am a racist oppressor. See above.


    Comment by Josh | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | Reply

  12. Thanks for the feedback Josh,

    “Sucks to be me.”

    Not nearly as much as it sucks to have to share this plane of existence with you! Being white doesn’t automatically makes you a bad person. It is your disposition that makes people like you and Jason Whitlock the bane of the black community.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | Reply

  13. re: “where exactly did I write that [I] was ”critical of Mr. Whitlock for being a dividing force in the black community.”

    Well, um, here:

    “Mr. Whitlock is no misguided tom. He is the ruthless tom who has made a conscious decision to help foster dissension and confusion in the black community”

    If you can’t see how your statement can be interpreted for discussion as “critical” and a “dividing force” without your needing to say the actual words, then either you need to invest in a thesaurus or a course in critical thinking.

    It’s your blog though. You can say unsubstantiated things and delete opposing views at will. Just so long as, at some point, you become aware of that hypocrisy and look inside yourself for the tools to become a better man, then that would serve a greater purpose; hence this “calling out” post I know full well will be deleted…

    Comment by Jim Firenze | Saturday, November 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Jim Firenze,

      Yes it looks like you caught me. Except I do believe that the difference is that I don’t see Mr. Whitlock as being a dividing force. Yes he is a tom that would like to promote derision in the black community. But does that make him a dividing force? I doubt it. I think it makes him a tom. To say that he is a dividing force would give him too much credit for his boot licking, although it is pretty aggravating to see another black professional weigh in on subjects with such a damning eye on black people.

      You made the suggestion that I should invest in a thesaurus and a course on critical thinking and I thank you for your opinion. But maybe you could invest in one of those courses and thesauruses for yourself. And while you’re at it, you might want to try one of those “How Not To Look Like a Hypocrite for Dummies” or something similar while you’re at the bookstore. Simply because you don’t understand what I’m saying doesn’t mean you’re an example of “critical thinking”. In fact, it just might be my opinion since it is my blog, but your comment really makes you look more pompous and arrogant then anything else. Maybe you should stick with blogs that are more your self-important style.


      PS – I’ll get around to deleting the rest of your “calling out” post soon enough!

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, November 27, 2010 | Reply

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