The Biggest Problem Facing the Black Community
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.