I find myself beginning to write this article shaking my head in wonderment. Did I really find a way to bring a discussion about Lebron James into the realm of political discourse? How could I let this happen, I thought to myself. But, alas, it is true. I am going to write about the Lebron James situation. But this isn’t about basketball. This is about the pervasive racism that exists in the United States of America. This is about one of the top race baiters of our generation once again opening his mouth and trying to turn every action taken by anyone as an opportunity to claim that the intentions were rooted in racism (uh oh, I used the word rooted, which is similar to “Roots”, which is a slavery story, which means Jesse thinks I am a racist). And before you laugh too hard at that…. Jackson really would claim that my choice of the word rooted was a subliminal reference to “Roots” and show that deep inside I am a racist white man who wants to take advantage of black men worldwide. He and race baiters like him use tactics such as that regularly. And what is worse is that there are some people with ridiculously low IQs who actually believe them.
For anyone who lives in a cave, this all begins with arguably the best basketball player of our generation becoming a free agent, meaning he can sign with any team that he wants to sign with. Lebron James and where he would sign to play going forward became the focus of basketball fans everywhere. Nowhere more than Cleveland, where he has played for the last 6 years. He was revered in Cleveland, his face plastered everywhere, fans throughout the city, young and old, wearing James jerseys. He was the hope of a City. A local boy gone to greatness, destined to finally end decades of Cleveland sports misery.
Everyone waited to hear his decision on where he would sign. And then came the announcement that ESPN would dedicate an hour in primetime last Thursday night to Lebron telling the world his decision. He sat on the stage and told the world that he was taking his skills to South Beach. He would sign with the Miami Heat and partner up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to form a super-team that is already being predicted to win the championship several times over the next decade. From Cleveland erupted a collective, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!” (I actually heard this in North Carolina). Fans burned their jerseys in the streets. Cleveland was devastated. No one was more angry than Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, but I will touch that in a second.
First I want to say that I have no problem with James signing wherever the hell he wants to sign. He is willing to go to Miami and partner up with a couple of other giant stars to win titles? Cool with me. But I will say that I think that the entire process was a horrible PR move for James. It made him appear as perhaps the most narcissistic basketball player in the world. It might have made a little better PR sense if he had chosen to stay in Cleveland, a move that would have made most fans of basketball admire him for his dedication to his home state and his first team. But to have the special and announce he was leaving? Horrible move. There was absolutely no good that could come of it. Mark my words, he will never be considered as great as Jordan now. Not even as great as Kobe (I just threw up in my mouth a little). Those guys stayed with their teams and made them winners. Jordan did it without help from a cast of all-stars. Lebron’s decision to bail on his hometown team and go to a team of all-stars shows he didn’t believe he could do what Jordan did, win without buying a championship. People won’t forget it. Unless he wins something like 7 championships in the next ten years, he will never be considered as great as Jordan.
Back to the story… Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert, who felt that Lebron handled this process badly, was obviously upset at James’ decision to leave him high and dry. So he posted a open letter to Cavalier fans an hour after the decision was announced on the Cavaliers website. His letter read:
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you. There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal. You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”
You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio. The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….
I personally liked the move by Gilbert. I thought that his letter was pretty spot on. Further, Gilbert faced the dilemma of losing tons of fans who had only recently really followed the Cavs because of James and the Cavaliers new found winning ways. So he did what a smart owner would do. He became one of them. He said what all those fans were thinking. He endeared himself to all the fans who otherwise might have blamed him for not doing enough to re-sign James.
But that old race baiter Jesse Jackson saw right through Gilbert’s disappointment at James’ decision and recognized Gilbert for what he really feels…. the betrayal of a slave to his master. Jackson had the audacity to say: “He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”
Is there anything that could possibly be said to or about a black person in today’s America, short of “you are the greatest and I wish it were the white people who had been slaves 100 years ago”, that Jackson would not find a way to turn into some sort of racist rant that portrays everyone who isn’t black as racist, either overtly or “secretly in their own minds”? Gilbert spoke as an owner who felt betrayed by the guy that the team had built their franchise around. Gilbert spoke as an owner who knows his franchise just took a giant step backwards in the NBA rankings (they had the best record in the NBA last year, and my guess is will they won’t qualify for the playoffs this year). Gilbert spoke like a fan who knows his team just got worse rather than better. Every sports fan has been there, and we all know how much it sucks.
Tack on to this the following ridiculousness from the NAACP. You all know that I think the NAACP is a racist, irrelevant, and disgusting group. They exist not to “advance” anyone, but instead to ensure that race relations remain intolerable so that they will have a reason for their shitty group to exist. They decided that they are going to formally call the Tea Party racist:
The Kansas City Star reported that the organization plans to vote as early as Tuesday on the language at its annual convention in Kansas City. The resolution reportedly will call on “all people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties” and stand against the movement’s attempt to “push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”
Tea Party groups have repeatedly denied allegations of racism. Gina Loudon, one of the founders of the St. Louis Tea Party, called the NAACP’s charges untrue and said it was a “shame” the NAACP was going down that road.
“I can’t believe that the Tea Party is even going to be put in a position of dignifying something like that,” she said. “This is sad because this established organization is being used by the left.”
She said Tea Partiers generally do all they can to give minority conservatives a platform.
According to the Kansas City Star, the NAACP resolution will accuse the groups of engaging in racist behavior by displaying signs “intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically.”
It will also accuse the activists of abusing black members of Congress — an apparent reference to an incident in March when Tea Party protesters allegedly hurled racial epithets at black lawmakers on Capitol Hill ahead of a health care vote. Tea Party members afterward challenged that account and no evidence was produced to show any racist actions.
Let’s not forget that when the videos showed up of those members of Congress that made that walk, the video evidence showed that the members of the black Congressional Caucus were LYING about what happened and what was said. I guess the NAACP missed that. I also find it hysterical that the NAACP, a group that is horrified at any form of stereotyping that is directed at blacks in America, is so quick to stereotype all Tea Party members based a few nuts who showed up with racist signs (and I am still not convinced they weren’t liberals who did so just to make the Tea Party seem racist). Yeah, that about sums up the NAACP: Lying, stereotyping, contradictory, hypocritical race baiters. There needs to be a law outlawing them. They are every bit as screwed up mentally as the Westboro Baptist Church. OK, my beliefs in liberty and freedom won’t allow me to ask for a law outlawing them, as they have a right to free speech and to exist. But they suck.
Then of course we see the videos starting to emerge of the leaders within the “New Black Panther Party” spouting off their nonsense, accusing everyone of being racist except the most obvious racists in the room…. them. Just do some searching on the New Black Panther Party on google. You will be amazed at the level of hatred towards whites and jews that they spout.
This all comes back around to what the purpose of all the people and groups discussed above actually is. One has to wonder what they are trying to accomplish. So let me answer it for you. Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, and the New Black Panther Party are intent on doing one thing only. They are intent on dragging racism well into the future. Without groups like them racism would die the agonizing death that it deserves. Old school bigots would die out, and their children, forced to integrate in society, would learn that their parents were wrong. That is unless the federal government and the aforementioned groups find a way to create an entirely new generation of racists. Now you are catching on. That is exactly their plan.
Affirmative action in today’s world is not needed. And the longer it drags on, the more it does the opposite of its intended effect. Whites who are denied jobs because of it become racially jaded. Instead of eliminating racism, these laws cause it! And nothing makes you dislike someone more that when they accuse you of being something disgusting when you are not. And one of the biggest claims laid out these days is the claim of racist. Everyone who opposes an Obama plan that is doomed to failure on its merits is labeled a racist. Everyone who wants to see a Panther asshole punished for a videotaped violation of federal law is labeled a racist. The Tea Party opposes “big government and over taxation,” yet they are also labeled as racists.
And here is the catch. There is nothing…. NOTHING that you can say to counter a claim of racism. All you can say is that it isn’t true. But you cannot prove a negative. It simply can’t be done. There is no way to prove that in your head you really do not think like a bigot. The shear number of times I have been accused of being a racist because of some stance I take for a different reason is mindblowing to me. Everyone who knows me personally knows I am not a racist. But that will not protect you from a publicly stated claim that you are one. Because there is nothing you can say to prove a negative. Short of being married to a minority, there is no rebuttal. And I personally love some of my black female friends to death, but I fell in love with a white woman.
I say that it is time that we fought back with their same tactics, because our claims would be far easier to prove. The fact is that all the people and groups above (Jesse, NAACP, NBPP) are, in fact, the racists in today’s society. They don’t like white people. And because they are so fond of speaking up and saying so in front of video cameras, there is plenty of evidence to back up our claims. We don’t even have to fall back on that complete bullshit argument that they do: “well, I know that you think so inside but do all these other things to hide that you are a bigot.” I say that not only do we call them out for what they are, but that we further refuse to back down because of their false claims. The Tea Party should counter that the NAACP are a racist organization and as such, their opinion on matters of race are not important to the TP. Gilbert should simply offer another letter stating that as a known race baiter, Jackson’s opinion is irrelevant to him. That should be the tactic. Don’t back down. Stand your ground. Call a spade a spade.
Jesse Jackson, you are a racist bigot who simply hates white people.
NAACP, you are a racist organization that simply wants to promote racism where it doesn’t exist to attempt to remain relevant.
New Black Panther Party, you are an inherently racist organization that preys upon the easily manipulated black youth of American in order to intentionally create racial tension rather than letting it die away.
Yes, I said it. Kiss my ass.
I am done letting the race baiters tear this country apart by pitting whites against blacks and vice-versa. The proper division is people against government. Until we get past this dumb racial crap, we are destined to never even start to face the dumb government crap. These race baiters are more interested in their crappy agenda than bettering the lives of minorities in this country. Come talk to me, young black people of America. I am one of the people who really does want to better your lot in life.
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