|Feed them but don't bring one home|
Of course, rhetorically speaking, we understand the fantasy of even asking such a ludicrous question.
Because the more things change, the more they remain the same. Racists, like cockroaches, will be alive and kicking to the end of times -- indestructible.
Now, we temporarily move from infamous rancher and Negro historian, Cliven Bundy, to our current mouth that does not know when to filter or STFU, LA Clipper plantation owner Donald Sterling.
Mr. Sterling comments have resonated from the streets of Jerusalem to LA. Ole boy had a lot to say. And let us count some of the ways:
1. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people," he is heard saying. "Do you have to?"
2. “It’s the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs.”
3. "I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have -- Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game?"
4. "I've known (Magic) well and he should be admired. ... I'm just saying that it's too bad you can't admire him privately," the man on the recording says. "Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games.
Yes, this man -- while getting paid off African-American labor -- has the unmitigated gall to dehumanize and degrade an entire group of people -- comparing them to dogs.
Hell no. As I once stated before, racism is embedded into the very DNA of this country. Racism is America's institutional prerogative..."My country tis a thee."
But not to sound counterintuitive, I "likes" -- my emphasis on likes the plural -- I repeat, I "likes" my racism live and in Technicolor.
I likes my racism like George Clinton loves his P-funk -- uncut:
Make my funk the P.Funk
I want my funk uncut (make mine the P)
Make my funk the P.Funk (Don't step on my funk)
When racism is covert or on the DL -- you may not be able to smell, see or taste -- folks steady deny and try to flip the script by asking: Are you a race baiter or race pimp (that's U Fox Nation)?
But when we get hardcore, undiluted, P.U. racism, there is no mistaking or denying what has been done or said. Yes, we get that opportunity to address, admonish and punish the offenders, but more importantly, we get a better understanding of the nature of the beast -- a reality check.
In understanding the nature of the beast, we get a clearer picture of why we have to proactively strategize on how not to be victims of racism.
In other words, we can not legislate or shame hate from a communities heart; but, we can economically, politically and socially mitigate the power of their hate.
And keep it moving...
As ex-footballer and coach Herm Edwards stated: "Don't let anyone steal your grin."