by Gus Griffin
by Gus Griffin
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It’s time to let “Riley Rebel”, champion of the Confederate Calvary of America, live in peace. Time to stop judging him for shit we allow others to get away with, because it is less brash…not as overt. I am absolutely certain his feelings are shared by many, many, many young white males from his background. Personally, I prefer my racists and supremacists out in the open where I can see them and know their position. I am not going to church, living near, or associating with Riley Rebel in anyway…so like white people have said for 100’s of years: “Run cracker run! Go run, jump, catch, hit, tackle, and entertain me with a football as you break your body apart for my entertainment”.
What BOTHERS ME THEN YOU ASK? Well, I am glad you asked. What bothers me is the 7 or 8 other NBA owners that were Donald Sterling’s pals, which we will probably never know about. What bothers me is the fact that the NFL, whose players are 72% black, have only 3 or 4 black head coaches, a few coordinators, the weakest player’s union, and NO BLACK MAJORITY OWNERS. No, Riley Rebel doesn’t bother me much. What bothered me was when 4 St. Louis Rams players decided to take a stand for justice regarding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Police organizations and Policemen took a stand against that, and football fans didn’t rally or stand up against tyranny. Nah, Riley Cooper didn’t bother me at all…he is entertaining. I was much more concerned with the sports and athletic community’s lack of presence and silence in the #JusticeOrElse events. Riley Cooper had no input there. There are so many truly devious and heinous instances of white supremacy, racism, ethnocentrism, white privilege, white entitlement, Black apathy, Black colorism, self-hate, and overall societal erosion to point at, AND use sports as your landscape with which to do so. Riley Cooper isn’t worth all the anger and ire he receives. What Riley is to us and himself is a relatively slow, not-so-talented, overlooked, overpaid white professional athlete, who lives as a minority at his workplace and his true feelings came out on camera. He probably faces an inferiority complex every day, and in the comfort and confines of his own territory, a Kenny Chesney concert filled with white country music fans (but secured by hulking Black security guards), Riley let that inferiority complex and alcohol get the best of him. Here were guys that were bigger and stronger than him but making far less money and having far less status…and he was in front of his entourage…he had to let testosterone and frustration blend with the alcohol and racism, to go ahead and let his honest feelings be felt. I actually feel sorry for dude. He has to live with this and public scorn for the remainder of his career, meanwhile America remains the same and the real problems go unsolved. He is merely an honest product of his environment.
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I’ll be honest, I’ve never participated in the “Kobe v. LeBron” or “Kobe v. MJ” debates and I’ve refrained for a simple reason. None of the aforementioned names come anywhere close to being the “greatest” in basketball. I love Floyd Mayweather and he has a success story which is filled with hard work and dedication, yet in still he can never be the “greatest”. I just watched the Super Bowl and was rooting for the Patriots, though after the victory I refused to engage in the “is Tom Brady the greatest?” discussion. Why? Because the greatest is named Jim Brown! The greatest in basketball are named Bill Russell & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! The greatest boxer is named Muhammad Ali!
How do I define greatness, or the “greatest”? I define it by one’s performance on and off the field. To be the “greatest” means that you persevered through far more than anyone else, emerged victorious and uncompromised. How can Michael Jordan, or LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant be the “greatest”? I’ve never heard of MJ speaking up for the inner city youth that die for his shoes, much less the Chinese youth that make them. I appreciate LeBron’s speaking up on issues and his philanthropic efforts, but how does any of that exist without Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? If we are to talk hardware, Bill Russell won 11 NBA championships and did so as both a player and coach in one of the most racially hostile cities in America (Boston). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (aka Mr. Never White America’s Negro) won 6 NBA championships. If we are to talk about more than championships, Bill and Kareem have been avid advocates and spokespersons for Melanin/Hebrew/African-American people! They stood with boxing’s “greatest” Muhammad Ali, as he took on the racist and biased institution.
Jim Brown? Well he only won 1 NFL Championship, yet his fight of racism and injustice, his youth work and his constant advocacy have more diamonds in them than any ring!!!!
Thats how I define greatness……so sorry….MJ never has a chance, Kobe not even close, LeBron (I guess we can wait and see) can be 3rd at best! Brady, no way, Montana, never heard of him. Marshawn………heeeeyyyyy……..ask Jim about that one!
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Symbols are very powerful. They are magical gateways into our psyches and they can affect our subconscious in positive or negative ways. They can take the form of words, sounds, gestures and visual images that convey ideas and beliefs. In Ancient Kemet (Egypt), symbols were used as languages and codes in the form of hieroglyphics that were for the esoteric benefit of the people. Today, symbols are still at work, but now they are reduced to no more than representations of conscious desires. For example, when you see the golden arches of McDonald’s, the mind conjures all of its representations at once; the Big Mac, Happy Meals, Ronald McDonald, etc., symbolic magic processed in the realm of human thought.
The magic of symbols have also been used to have harmful effects on groups of people, the black male in particular. From “Birth of a Nation”, to co-opted Hip-Hop, to “For Colored Girls”, to “Black Plays” starring once-prominent actors and singers, the bombardment of degrading images of black males has reduced the psychological state of the viewer, desensitizing them to the humanness and greatness of black men. No longer are there strong and powerful images of Muhammad Ali, the Black Panthers or Tommy Smith raising the black power fist in the 1968 Olympic Games. With the help of subservient films like “The Butler”, “12 Years A Slave” and a few others, we have taken on the most passive and de-humanizing symbol of our struggle by laying on our backs saying, “I Can’t Breathe”. The propaganda machine has done a great job in making Snuff films starring black males a normal and accepted occurrence and it’s only through our acquiescence that it continues. Remember, Hitler made propaganda films (symbolic magic) to desensitize his country to the humanity of the Jews before he put them into ovens, so be mindful of what you allow into your subconscious. You never know who is casting a spell on you.
Who can forget that heart felt, tear-jerking, deep speech that had most of us staring at the ceiling a couple of months back? I’m talking about that Kevin Durant MVP speech in which he thanked his mother and called her “the real MVP”. In many Black households, the mother is the alpha and the omega. The father and the mother. She is the first to wake and the last to go to bed. A strong mother who does all is nothing new in the Black community. She is celebrated and in some instances, unappreciated. Yes, unappreciated and even blamed for the misfortunes of her offsprings. One of the worst cases is this despicable video being circulated on Facebook (Video at the bottom of the page). I came across the video a few weeks back and it left me outraged, but thought to let it go. Then it showed up a few more times on my newsfeed, and I decided to say something about it. In summary, the 7:02 minutes long video entitled, “Black Mother and Effeminate Black Sons”, stated that most black gay men become so due to the influence of a strong “masculine and overweight” single mother. If a black man was present in the household the result would be a heterosexual son. In The video we see a woman talking to her son about rape and the videographer says, “R-A-P-E…WTF?!!… As a result, some of them reject their masculinity altogether and embrace femininity”. Really?!!! Raping women makes one a straight man? How is teaching a son how to respect women emasculating? The video doesn’t stop there, as it continues to showcase many youngsters dancing and singing along to Beyonce and Rihanna, as further proof of the numerous gay youngsters, in an effort to add credibility to the point. In summation, the video states that homosexuality is a learned behaviour taught by the single and over-weight black mothers, with overbearing attitudes.
This whole topic had me thinking about this other related notion that I keep seeing and reading about. The notion that the media is emasculating the black man by putting black actors in dresses, with that movement being led by none other than Tyler Perry and Madea. Does seeing RuPaul in drag make a straight black man turn gay? Research has shown that homosexuality in males is partly genetic, with environmental and social factors playing part in determining sexuality; meaning a person can be born with a gay gene. However, who they are sexually attracted to is a whole different story. In other words, biological male homosexuals’ choice of mates is largely influenced by their surroundings. So in some ways, the maker of the video is right; nurture does play a role, but what about all of those strong successful heterosexual black males who come from a single parent home (usually a mother since she is always the one left to take care of the child when a deadbeat father vanishes without a trace). What about those gay sons like Magic Johnson’s and Cookie’s son “EJ”, who comes from a two-parent household? How does one explain their existence? The research on the issue of nature vs. nurture is unclear, and the author’s claim about single black mothers is even more equivocal, but since the research shows that social factors are definitely in play, isn’t the absence of a father more problematic than having a strong, over-bearing mother?
So in making this the fault of the over-weight, single black mother, why aren’t we addressing the elephant in the room? Where is the black father? Why let this woman birth these children, carry the burden of caring and providing for them, and then expect her to turn around and also teach them how to be men? How does a woman teach her son how to be a man? Why isn’t the absent black man taking responsibility for his duty as a father? These, the same men, who can’t be bothered to be fathers, are the same ones making such videos and denouncing the Single Black Mother. Why doesn’t the maker of the video call for a strong black household and family unit? Why blame the person who is doing the best they can against all odds? Are some black men so mad at black women for birthing them that instead of lending them a hand, they kick them while they are down? The problem is not the strong no nonsense black mother; the problem is the absence of a FATHER!!!!! Don’t want a dysfunctional son, don’t be an absent father.
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I don’t smoke weed. I have only tried it once in my life so maybe I’m lost. But can someone please explain to me why people are defending Josh Gordon? He is a repeat violator of the NFL drug policy. A policy that many former and current players have said that it’s very easy to pass. Josh Gordon has top 5 wide receiver talent. He has bottom 5 sense. He has been suspended from the NFL already. He was kicked out of Baylor University for testing positive for marijuana in July of 2011, after being suspended for marijuana use during the 2010 season. He transferred to Utah and sat out before entering the NFL thru the supplemental draft (some reports even say that he failed drug tests at Utah). In 2013 he was suspended for the first two games of the season because he failed the drug test. And now he is possibly gonna miss the entire season because he failed the drug test AGAIN! REALLY?!?!?!
I am not gonna argue about whether weed is or isn’t a drug. I’m not even gonna debate the people that will talk about how marijuana is being decriminalized by many states in our great country. Here is my point. If your job says don’t use a substance then don’t do it. ESPECIALLY if they test for it. There are hundreds of thousands of people that also are subject to random drug tests; and they aren’t making $825,604 this year. THAT IS $51,600.25 PER GAME. I make a little more than that in a year, but if my job said stop drinking coffee (something I drink 6 days a week), I would quit that shit in a heartbeat. So I don’t get how someone would blow this opportunity to set themselves and their family up for a lifetime. And to defend this man seems to be the problem. He’s under contract. He’s got a talent that many would kill for. He has been given a 2nd, 3rd and now 4th chance.
In a famous skit on Chappelle Show, Rick James said “Cocaine is a helluva drug!” But how powerful is weed? Let’s not defend bad behavior. Josh Gordon needs a wake-up call before he’s on the list of “could have been” or “should have been” players. Josh Gordon needs one of his buddies to tell him that he can still be his boy but leave the “wacky tobaccy” alone. Josh even needs to get away if his friends are smoking, since he said that his last positive test comes from second-hand smoke. I guess the power of weed is stronger than many will give it credit for.
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What is it about women and gossip? As soon as we hit puberty we enjoy this “epic” female-kind pastime. Just a bunch of women without a care in the world, trading negative talk about others while giggling and enjoying themselves to no end. But is it harmless fun? Or is there more to gossip than just talk and giggles?
We all know that bullying is wrong and can lead to some serious consequences such as death, but when we take the two genders and compare them, we find that women (girls) prefer the more covert form; emotional as opposed to physical. Emotional bullying takes the form of rumors and gossip spreads by those the victim consider friends and acquaintances, or those dubbed by pop culture as “haters”, and the instigator is usually someone very close to the victim. So the question I was asked was: “can haters and their gossip affect one’s health?” Well you bet your ass they can! Elaine from Seinfeld once said, “boys would give each other a wedgie, and girls will tease someone till they develop an eating disorder”. Bullying by females is so hard to detect, therefore hard to combat, which makes its effects even more severe. But what is it that compels women to gossip, is it biology or how we’re brought up? What makes us the judge of others’ lives and their choices, and deem them unacceptable? Well I think the answer to that could be a long dissertation by some psychology/sociology grad student…it’s way above my pay grade. However, a point that is worth noting is that female aggression is closely related to abuse and trauma suffered at home, so in this case the perpetrator is also a victim, and nurture obviously plays a big role here.
Women tend to employ passive aggressive behavior in their attacks, unlike men who would use a fist to solve their problems, so we could call that biology then. They would form a clique of friends a là the movie Mean Girls, and torment their victim by way of spreading vicious rumors that would eventually lead to the destructions of the reputation of their “frenemy”. They would feel a sense of superiority over their “subject” and set out to “out” her “bad behavior” to the masses. They truly believe that they are in the right, so can we blame some kind of mental disorder here? It is safe to say that the aggressors might suffer from negative self-concept, body image issues, and poor relationships ties (Canadian Mental Health, 2009). The victim, of course, is not getting away without a scratch here (meow, no pun intended). She might fall into depression, develop eating disorders, her relationships will deteriorate, and in some worse but real instances, take her own life. Yeah this is some serious stuff, so gossiping is not so harmless after all is it?
So what can we do to eliminate this kind of ill behavior? First, remove yourself. If you find yourself participating in this is sort of thing, stop and repeat this; “happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”- Mahatma Gandhi. Be mindful of what you say. Your words can be deadly. Gossiping can rob you of your own happiness, not to mention, destroy another’s life. Try to address the underlying emotional issues that compel you to do this. Research has shown that most women who participate in gossip are victims of abuse, whether as children at the hands of their parents or as adults in unhealthy romantic relationships. (Canadian Mental Health 2009). You are the solution. If you see your friends/family take part in this, be vocal! Call them out on it! Educate them! Let them know how dangerous this behavior is. Hell, start an intervention if you must. Friends don’t let friends gossip! Assess the connection that you have with said person and see if you can build and better that relationship. They might be hurt, suffering, or feeling neglected and that why they are resorting to this behavior. Also find better things to do. Engage in new hobbies, maybe even join a gym (yep you knew that fitness plug was coming, didn’t you?)
If for whatever reason beyond your control, you have to gossip, well then why don’t you engage in positive gossip? Compliment someone in their absence, whether by stating what wonderful act they have committed, how beautiful they are, or how their mere company delights you, and remember, “strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and weak mind discuss people”. Don’t be weak-minded!!!
Dr. Sean Combs, also known as “P.Diddy,” “Puff Daddy”, and “Big Homie,” among other names, had the honor of gracing the 2014 graduates of Howard University with the 146th Commencement Speech. He was honored by the university for the degree of Doctor of Humanities. There was quite a bit of controversy surrounding him being selected since he is a college dropout, and let’s be honest, because of who he is.
Combs is in no way refined in the pursuit of his ambitions, nor does he exercise subtlety in flaunting his riches. Every thing he does is big. I’m sorry – everything he does is grandiose; larger than life. Combs has no chill button and that kind of personality makes some people uncomfortable, especially someone who isn’t the most polished piece of silverware in the bunch.
Howard University has had a rough year financially. Former president, Sidney A. Ribeau suddenly stepped down last December after the university’s enrollment and credit score fell significantly under his leadership. The Howard board of trustees appointed interim president, Wayne A.I. Frederick in Ribeau’s place. The university announcing Combs as the commencement speaker in April was one of Frederick’s decisions that pumped new life into the school.
Combs as the key note speaker is a sign of the times and a paradigm shift for colleges on who they deem worthy for the position. Combs amassed his $700 million dollar fortune in an unconventional way, mostly through Hip-Hop. And though many of us love Hip-Hop, we love it when its in its place – rooted in it’s foundational elements, not when a genre that is still considered parvenu is being honored for its scholastic achievements.
Notwithstanding the backlash, Combs gave a memorable speech. He seemed a little out of his element and at times overly expressive in his gratitude, but that’s probably because he sincerely wanted to be accepted from the students and faculty as an honorable collegiate.
What I appreciated most about the speech was that it wasn’t coated with fancy language or presented like an essay, it was just straight talk in a way that only Diddy could deliver it. Wrapping up his speech, Combs profoundly details his early days at Uptown Records, when then founder, Andre Harrell fired a young Combs because he got too cocky. He was left without a job, an 8 1/2 month pregnant girlfriend, and a new home he purchased in Scarsdale, New York that he couldn’t afford. Click here to read the full article.
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If people caught the conversations inside “the locker room of War Room Sports”, we would be banned, jailed, lynched, hung at the stake, and neutered. My point being, as human beings we all can be insensitive in our conversations about other human beings. Our prejudices can and do at times rear their ugly heads. However, a consistent pattern of behavior towards others with certain malicious undertones indicates something more than prejudice or general ignorance. Donald Sterling is the personification of something a little more heinous, and a line of thinking that has gone unchecked for far too long.
Through my travels on the world wide Web and interactions with the “internets”, there are a couple points I am putting out there in conversations regarding “The Donald Sterling Affair”: 1) We as black people ARE irate, as we should be, but we should remember it is not illegal to be racist. It is not illegal to express racist beliefs. Power behind any belief in this country comes from economic viability, exposure to to a mass audience, and support from that audience. We have all supported Donald Sterling. How you might ask? By and large, passive inaction. He has a history of this behavior that has gone unchecked and ignored. He was already awarded an NAACP image award and was going to win a lifetime achievement award next month. Due diligence was not done by us, or even more frightening, was ignored as insignificant. 2) This point I will state facts and ask a question. Donald Sterling purchased the Clippers for roughly $15 million. They are presently worth $770MM. When an owner or ownership team is selected and awarded a team by the league and the committee of other owners, VAST amounts of due diligence is done because that owner now represents the other owners and a larger global brand, with an audience of billions. Even 30 years ago, due diligence was fairly stringent with David Stern. Do you think the owners and NBA administration were not aware? What is their culpability in this? 3) America turns a blind and cowardly eye to her current pathologies born from her past transgressions and trauma. This perpetuates cowardice and weak character because we don’t inject responsibility, accountability, and acknowledgement into our discussions about race, where we are, where we’ve been, and what is going on now. 4) Black people (and others); stop chastising and criticizing these players for not risking their financial livelihood by boycotting. The vacuum in Black leadership can be blamed for their lack of “lay it on the line, John Carlos-like” actions. They took adequate steps and may continue to protest. At the end of the day, on any pro sports team, you play for the money, the love of the game, your teammates, your coach, and the fans…not ownership. To expect them to risk $62 million (or any percentage of that salary number) is unfair. If they did boycott, it would have been noble, honorable, and a beautiful thing, but not necessarily smart, as it would give Sterling an “out” of “non-performance” in any later legal proceedings or arbitration in an attempt to relieve him of ownership. 5) America; stop being so shocked and surprised at these racist feelings and circumstances rearing their ugly heads. We have not come that far and quite honestly we may have regressed due to societal and cultural declines in recent years. Not to mention these are older white men who control and operate the socio-economic engines. They grew up in the 40s, 50s, 60s. They are direct descendants and/or participants in Jim Crow’s sons’ and grandsons’ views. 6) What is a 20-something woman of Black and Mexican decent doing dating Donald Sterling? Does this remind you of the slave master’s relationship with Black female slaves? He can hate pieces of you but exploit the things he wants? 7) Ultimately the true response and changing of the societal tides lie with the people, the fans. The players, the owners, etc are major stakeholders but nowhere near as powerful as the fan. In today’s society where the culture of immediacy and sensationalism is prevalent, how long will this remain an issue that the people are committed to? WHAT WILL YOU DO? NOT ANYONE ELSE. Fight their power, become better people, and this goes away in generations and centuries.
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In a diverse environment such as ours where everyone interacts on a daily basis with people from all walks of life, some of us have discriminated or have been discriminated against. Being a woman of color who lives in a part of the country with a deep-seated bias against people of different backgrounds, I sure have had my share. I have been refused service at a coffee shop and asked to leave for no apparent reason. I have had my occasional uncomfortable encounter at a workplace. Many or some of you can relate to such instances. Discrimination comes in forms of gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, and most prevalent, race. Even the rich & famous encounter instances of discrimination. For example, Oprah Winfrey has had few such encounters in her lifetime with the latest being in Zurich at the Tom Ford store. Let us not mention what the winner of 2014 Miss America, Nina Davuluri, went through in the hands of social media from racist and ignorant tweeps. With that being said, how does such experience impact our health and well-being? Does discrimination go beyond a distasteful experience and a ruined day? Experts say yes.
Perceived discrimination has been studied with regard to its impact on several types of health effects, both mental and physical. Being mistreated based on things beyond one’s control can lead to mental distress such as anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. A study at Princeton University has shown that stress is directly and indirectly related to many diseases and disorders such as high blood pressure and inflammation in artery walls, which is the cause of heart disease. Experts also explain that for the discrimination to be effective, it need not be explosive or emotional. Accepting discriminatory, unfair treatment has been proven more harmful. In a study conducted in 1993, participants included 831 Black men, 1143 Black women, 1006 White men, and 1106 White women 25 to 37 years old; results were that systolic blood pressure among working-class black adults reporting that they typically accepted unfair treatment and had experienced racial discrimination was about 7 mm Hg higher than those reporting that they challenged unfair treatment and experienced racial discrimination in one or two of the situations. Even subconscious prejudice can be deadly, literally. Researchers have shown that middle class, college educated African Americans have less life expectancy. They also earn less money and have less access to healthcare than their white counterparts, all due to systematic bias. African Americans receive 35% less pay than Whites for doing the same job with the same qualifications. Earning less means not affording the best of food or health insurance coverage, and also living in less than ideal neighborhoods. It also means not affording top education for your children, which perpetuates the cycle. In addition, people who have taken an oath to do no harm have shown prejudice because of race and age. Nurses and care givers in emergency rooms have been observed to keep young men of African or Hispanic backgrounds, with traumatic injuries, waiting longer and without offering them painkillers. Elderly non-whites reported being ignored and not treated for their pain and suffering. Furthermore, white women who have been discriminated against due to their gender or age tend to have higher levels of visceral fat, which is associated with higher risks for developing diabetes and heart disease, just as in black women who experience racism. Besides, women on average earn less money than men due to gender discrimination.
With all of that aside, discrimination is hard to prove at times, and you cannot always take your case to customer services, human resources, or a court of law. You just know it and feel it, but what can you do to protect yourself and your health? Here are few ways in which you can combat subtle prejudice as suggested by a professor at Harvard School of Public Health:
To discriminate is a failure to relate to another person’s humanity; hence not treating them with dignity and respect. If you ever feel that you are being prejudiced against someone due to their race, gender, age, or religion, try to picture yourself in their shoes. Reject all stereotypes. Discrimination reflects the cultural feeds that people get, and the only way to fight it is by refusing to give in.