Black Athletes, White Trophies/Lovers...Why?
I was going to write and give you guys a progress report, but I stumbled upon this well written article I just had to share from the writers of www.urbansportstalk.wordpress.com.
Do I care?….kind of, there are so many good women and men out there. I do think you should marry at your level but you don’t have to go out of your race to do it. It’s not so much a white thing …it’s more like they’re just too lazy to find the right one. But I do seem to look at these guys differently…like a Forty Million Dollar Slave.
Kobe Bryant and wife Mrs. why do I need a 5 million dollar ring to accept your apology?
M. Strahan & Former Jean Strahan…Can we say WIPEOUT!
Reggie Bush & Kim Kardashian… is it our business to ask why he isn’t with a Black Woman?
Richard Jefferson (NBA Milwaukee Bucks) & wife Teresa Lourenco… he has a 6-yr. 78 million dollar contract… was a Black Woman ever given a chance?
Venus Williams & Hank Kuehne… raised in Compton, CA she is now one of the most famous athletes in the world… where is her King?
On November 4, 2008, America elected a Black Man as the President-Elect of the United States of America. This historic event has caused many Americans (especially w/in the Black Community) to examine many issues surrounding “race” that have been either taboo or only talked about honestly when one is in the midst of their own ethnic group. We felt that we should be no different at Urban Sports Talk & Entertainment… so we are asking you to give your thoughts about “race” as it relates to Black Athletes involved in interracial relationships.
I decided to pen this post mainly because of a conversation I had with my cousin recently. Given my background as a former football player, he wanted my perspective on Black (Male) Athletes dating White Women. He just cannot understand how these athletes are raised in Black neighborhoods, attend Black (k – 12) Schools, worship in Black Churches then go off and leave Black Women behind. His challenge to me was to defend that reality for those athletes.
I didn’t care to provide an excuse because I don’t believe a person’s decision to date someone of another ethnicity is shameful. What I did talk about is how a Black Athlete’s circumstances can lead him (them) to make certain choices. Many of which were never available prior to him/her being highlighted for athletic prowess.
For instance, the vast majority of Black Athletes are removed from Black areas when they are given scholarships to attend White Colleges. This is the initial step towards assimilating into the Majority Society. For many Black Athletes, this will be their first time attending a class as the minority student. He/she will be living around tens of thousands of non-Blacks for the coming years as they are being trained to play sports at a high level. His/her world view is being shaped during this time as he/she is experiencing independence from parents, family and their community. It is during this time when they are frequently socializing with many diverse groups of people which they will ultimately be influenced by for the years to come.
My cousin wasn’t impressed and didn’t want to hear that lame excuse as he called it. What are your thoughts? Are we passed this issue or should Black Athletes be challenged for their decisions to date outside of their race?
Had enough? If not you can always check out my fellow blogger abagond his recent post Black men, White women is fire…Let the comments begin.