Saturday, May 14, 2011
D-Nabb: Not Black Enuff
Apparently, to boxer Bernard Hopkins, if you are not from the hood, you are not black.
If you have married, successful and hard working parents, you lack the heart to be a champion.
"Forget this," Hopkins said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, and pointed to his own skin. "He's got a suntan. That's all."
The Philadelphia Daily News also reported:
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.
Granted, Hopkins has suffered many jabs to the dome during his long career; and hence, his flawed reasoning.
Occupational hazard aside, Hopkins still should have enuff marbles left to realize the absurdity of his comments.
On the other hand, Hopkins does not travel down this road alone. Jalen Rose recently revealed his long held animus towards Duke University basketball players:
“For me, Duke was personal. I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”
Even though, Rose clarified that these were the beliefs of a 18 year old kid from the inner city, the comments still underscores a misconception of what it means to be black.
Ironically, the hood and racists share this stereotype:
Black is ghetto;
Black is crime;
Black is crack
Black equals thuggish;
Black is an one parent home;
Black is not speaking the King's language;
Black is not being a father to your child;
And if you do not represent more than one of the above criteria, you lack street cred to represent blackness.
And to further prove this convoluted nonsense, Hopkins ended his interview by praising McNabb's character:
Hopkins called McNabb a good family man, a good corporate pitch man, and a “fantastic guy.”
Hopkins, now I can see with those attributes, McNabb certainly can not be black!
One Last Sidenote:
What does Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Doug Williams, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Magic Johnson all have in common?
All were champions in their sport, had two parent households and were not from the hood.