When are black people going to stop doing this to one another?
"In this corner, fighting for racial intolerance, Bernard Hopkins..."
In a press conference reported by the Philadelphia Daily News, boxing great Bernard Hopkins questioned Donovan McNabb’s “blackness,” stating the quarterback hasn’t struggled enough in his life and dismissing his bad experience with the Washington Redskins with a disturbing assertion:
“Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He’s the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You’re our boy.’ [patting a reporter on the back in illustration] He thought he was one of them.”
Reporter Marcus Hayes of phillynews.com explained further:
“According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens.”
According to Hopkins, that means McNabb isn’t truly black: He’s got a suntan. That’s all.
Hopkins has had an issue with Donovan McNabb for a long time. No one is really sure why. But these comments are just delusional. I want to chalk it up to a fighter who’s just gotten punched one too many times.
But I can’t because he’s not alone in thinking this way.
Look at the Jalen Rose/Grant Hill controversy earlier this year after the airing of the Fab Five documentary. In it, Rose revealed he felt jealous of Hill and his privileged upbringing and hated Duke because they only recruited “Uncle Tom’s.” Aerys’ LA Lakers writer Sabrina Chappell wrote an excellent piece discussing how Rose’s statements display an all-too frequent practice among some in the black community who discount others for being or wanting to be “white” or not being black enough.
"...and in this corner, fighting for rational thought, Donovan McNabb!"
I will never fully understand what “not being black enough” means, other than vilifying those who work hard to achieve a crime-free, well-educated middle class existence. I guess being a good athlete and a decent human being and family man is just too much for some people to handle.
Can you think of another minority group that says to fellow members of the group that they aren’t “Chinese enough” or” Eskimo enough”?
What’s more, why are so many African-Americans content to cling to the negative stereotypes about what makes you “truly” black and belittle the positive attributes? This kind of poisonous thinking does more to limit our progress than the most virulent and open racism. » Continue reading “Bernard Hopkins is a Lightweight on the Issue of Race”