Recently, it was brought to my attention by a friend about Jordan’s admittance to being a racist when he was younger. He blamed his racism on two components: his upbringing and his reaction to a racist classmate. Hence, he stated he watched the movie series, “Roots” and was called “Nigger” by a fellow classmate. Jordan stated that he reacted by throwing a soda at the classmate and remembered since then feeling as though he was against whites.
I found this quite interest.
A racist is defined as, a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
I don’t see that when it comes to Jordan’s comments, I find that his behaviors were ignited by anger. Following the throwing of a soda at his classmate, I couldn’t grasp how he saw that as an action of racism; instead, I saw his behavior as retaliation on ignorance (as he should). Thus, he was appalled at the young woman’s name calling and threw a soda at her.
In addition, I look at Michael Jordan as – an asshole. I find that his sneakers have caused MANY blacks to become slaves to a brand. We see the same patterns with every release of a new pair of sneakers. Has Jordan commented on his sneakers’ imprint on the black community?
Children are actually fighting, killing each other over a pair of … sneakers. I find it even MORE appalling that he has been so silent on these occurrences. BUT -his slaves invest in their master and money doesn’t HAVE to talk when money walks (as you can see). If he comments on such, does he really believe he would lose consumers, revenue?
He has found the time to state that he was once racist despite the fact that he has YET to explain why he felt superior to Caucasians. I don’t care about the fact that Jordans are a top selling sneaker. However, I care that there are MANY in this community who have infused the thought of a sneaker to their character.
In the Black community, it’s often reflected that in order to be cool and up to date with your peers, one must have an update of wardrobe. This wardrobe is GREATLY reflected by one’s ownership in Jordan sneakers. It is acceptable to collect sneakers as it is to also collect cards, cars, etc… BUT it is not acceptable when one’s safety, well being is at risk.
Hence, one’s safety being at risk in certain communities is actually becoming a norm.
And the name barrier of the sneaker – looks just like the boys on the streets who are gunned down CONSTANTLY. I can’t ! I JUST CANT!!!
If a coward dies a thousands deaths then how much does a lover ?
And if they die more than once then how do they recover?
I have died at least the same times I have cried a forest of tears
Who drench’d my sun and made the world more horrible than appears
I left the world each time with pain in the heart and numbness to the soul
And though I was reborn, each love was still somehow out of my control
Resurrection lead to a stronger heart but with a faulty wooden door
And with each intruder, the same ending will progress like before
I’ve died from a death of infidelity, I’ve died from a man’s lies
I’ve died from getting hit, I’ve died from my silenced cries
Ive died from the loss of trust, I’ve died from such neglect
I’ve died from the mental torment, I’ve died with losing respect
I’ve died from the anguish, I’ve died from major regret
I’ve died a thousand and one deaths from playing this Russian roulette
A thousand and one times, the last-I found everlasting peace
A mark of golden fortune from preventing being deceased
A love like a golden sun, whose rays lie upon a tiding sea
The halting of such deaths by finding love within me
(I’m leaving out the religious aspect, simply because all have a certain bias for religions that many know nothing about. Hence, the media has tuned several persons into believing one religion is evil without seeking to form that opinion on their own)
This is a story that is appalling, horrifying and riveting at the same time. 234 schools girls have been kidnapped from their boarding school by the Boko Haram militant group in Nigeria. The ages of these girls range from 16 to 18. These young women are being sold as brides for the price of 12 American dollars.
Some girls were able to get away but as of today, the numbers of missing girls is at 200 (that is just an estimation of girls missing since the numbers differ with various parents).
America has been quite silent on this occurrence.
Let’s review the major story that has been the talk of all major news outlets for weeks: the missing airplane from Malaysia. Today, the aircraft and the passengers have not been found; yet, Malaysia government has presumed that all passengers are deceased. Nations, including America has vowed to continue their search for the missing aircraft.
I say this all the TIME, every time something happens – NO human being is any less or more special than the NEXT human being beside them. What I mean by that is we are ALL equal but what is more important is when we see others being harmed then we should ALL come together to protect one another. There’s too much separation because of borders that aren’t seen by the human eye; yet, we conclude by a printed map that we are separated. Imagine that, we are all separated by a penciled line.
Yet, the argument from many has to do with religion. “We are not welcome” they argue and by the end of their argument they finalize such statement “because of _____(insert religion) and their way of living”. Sadly, I can’t help but laugh when I always hear this argument.
We are not welcome by the KKK but we still roam and integrate do we not? We are disliked by countries for all different types of reasons but the main reason that every country shares is by hate.
These are children.
-This should have been the end of the reasoning to excuse why we should say or do anything. Individuals should be saying “Children, the future– say no more” but instead…. it doesn’t end.
And somehow we have managed to incorporate the ability for ones to kidnap children simply by saying, we are not welcomed. We are saying, it is okay because it we are not a part of these atrocities. Yet, it isn’t okay and this is OUR problem, too.
We can help with Syria, We can step in with Russia, We can tell South Korea “Hold up, what are you doing?” — then we can save these young women and the future children that may be at risk.