After I completed my last two-part articles, The NFL Players Association vs. America and American Values Part I and Part 2, I could not get the idea out of my mind that the NFL football players could be so stupid as to believe their success in reaching the NFL came about because they were oppressed by “White America”, and that they would let white privilege stop them from achieving their dreams to make the most out of their talents . . . talents that 90% of White America wished they had.
Yes, I have even lost sleep over the fact that a group of so-called educated people could believe that there is any other place on planet earth, that offers an individual, whether they are male, female, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, or even someone who happened to get here from Mars, would fare better living in another country.
Are these NFL crybabies so blind that they just can’t see? We are talking here about having the freedom, liberty, and opportunity to be successful and having an opportunity to find financial success beyond what anyone might dream. As a member of an elite corps of athletes they should recognize their success came about through hard work, and that they were not held back by “white privilege”, and were not oppressed by “White America”.
Below is a short list of individuals who happen to be African-American (they prefer to be called Americans) who I am sure would be willing to share the TRUTH about this great country which these NFL players can’t see. I picked this list at random and left millions off because I didn’t have room to give you all the great people of color who have made America great.
- Walter Williams
- Thomas Sowell
- Condoleezza Rice
- Ben Carson
- Elbert Guillory
- Clarence Thomas
- Samuel Jackson
- Colin Powell
- Norvell Coots
- Oprah Winfrey
- SC Representative Tim Scott
One of my favorite athletes of all time was the greatest player to ever come out of the old Negro Baseball League, Satchel Paige, a true professional in every sense of the word. The difference between Mr. Paige and the NFL Players is that he played his sport because he loved the game, which was reflected in his devotion to hard work to be the greatest pitcher to ever take the field. He lived in a time that the Democrats had ushered in the Jim Crow Laws, intimidated Blacks with their army, the KKK, and yet still managed to overcome adversity paving the way for other Blacks to overcome the inequities they faced rather than become a crybaby like the NFL Players:
“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” (Satchel Paige’s secret to being a success)
In the first place, if those people who are not lily-white, Anglo-Saxon, Northern-Europeans, believe they are victims of white oppression, and that they can’t get ahead because “white privilege” is holding them back, it is time for them to have a come-to-Jesus discussion with themselves.
If you came into this world, or arrived in American from humble beginnings (that means “flat broke” if you don’t get my drift), and want to blame the white man because you haven’t been able to achieve your dreams or financial success, look over your shoulder to where you grew up, and I believe you won’t have to look far to see who your REAL oppressors have been. It was Satchel who gave America the following words of wisdom which tell us there is no excuse for allowing yourself to be oppressed in America:
“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”
So, what’s holding Black America back? Be honest with yourself. Could it be the gang members in your neighborhood? Were they the thugs and criminals who freely walked the streets around the projects where you might have lived? Was your plight because you were sequestered in those sub-human housing projects where the politicians, usually the White AND Black liberal DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS mind you, kept you and your family (in the inner-cities) because they didn’t want you living up in their upscale part of town?
Was it the crime-ridden and run-down schools you were forced to endure because your elected politicians wouldn’t give you school choice or vouchers to attend a school in a better part of town? Was it the poverty pimps, like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other so-called spokespersons for the Black community, that spend their entire lives preaching that you can’t make it because you are Black in a white man’s world, and to be successful you have to act like you are white, whatever that means? These race hustlers don’t even know you exist; you are nothing to them except a cause which they can use to bleed society out of money for their $1000 suits, luxurious living quarters, and fine cars.
To quote Booker T. Washington, one of the real African-American social reformers:
“I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public . . . Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
And now the biggest and toughest questions you must ask yourself – wasn’t the source of your oppression really from other Blacks who taunted you with the derogatory phase “Uncle Tom”, because you really wanted to become successful? Wasn’t it because they looked at you funny because you wanted to learn how to correctly speak English instead of the ghetto slang of Ebonics prevalent in the barrios? Wasn’t it these same miscreants who encouraged you to wear your trousers below your butt and your baseball cap sideways because that was the “Black thing to do” ? I mean, you wanted be cool right?
There are so many African-Americans who have pulled themselves out of the ghetto experience with the shear desire to get ahead and not try to justify accepting the cards they have been dealt. There is no other country on earth, despite what the fools in the NFL are trying to say or trying to blame on those who have succeeded in America, both White and Black, that there is some Utopian Pipedream (a panacea of Marxist glory) that is magically going to change whatever circumstances you are faced with in life. America is the only country where you have constitutionally guaranteed and inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I contend that if those who believe the NFL players are on to something, joining in with those who hate America, with their wanting to blame white privilege, the National Anthem, the American flag, and the country’s law enforcement agencies, while overlooking the Black on Black situation wrecking murder, mayhem, and havoc in every major city in America, then perhaps you should find a country more suitable to your tastes and political leanings.
We have no choice in who our parents will be and no options about where we are born. It is the luck of the draw. If you spend a few months in most countries on earth, you will find most would gladly change places with you in a heartbeat. They are envious of the freedoms and liberty we enjoy and for the economic opportunities that are available here as in no other country.
The questions I posed above are tough questions we all need to ask ourselves rather than look for excuses for why we might not be faring as well as some of the others who have travel the same road as you. If you are Black and looking to blame someone else because you are not as successful as you want to be, you need to study the successful African-Americans I listed above. Their stories from humble beginnings were probably much like yours and in many cases, even worse, yet they overcame their obstacles and were successful in spite of themselves and the hurdles that were placed in their path. Because they were successful, that doesn’t make them “Uncle Toms”.
I am positive they would tell you the road to success is not by robbing a liquor store, selling drugs on the corner, stealing a car, and not running a string of hookers on the corner, but rather crossing the first hurdle one faces on the road to living one’s dream, and that’s getting educated. It is not cool being dumb or being in jail. It is also not cool reaching out for a welfare check every month which will only chain you to The Government Plantation the rest of your life. It will take hard work and education, and it is not necessary to get that education in college. It can be found in learning a trade at a vocational school, and getting the basics by completing high school. To quote Malcolm X,
“Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.” Amen!
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