Sports. Who doesn't love sports? Black people love sports, for it has been their ticket to integrating America and achieving equality in this nation.
Without sports, it is hard to imagine Black people fully participating in American life as the idea known as "mainstreaming"positive images of Black people would be much less effective without hours of endless sports on television. Instead, the local nightly newscasts would barrage the citizens of this nation with endless images of hate facts.
Think of former presidential candidate Jack Kemp, who gushed about his opportunities to shower with Black people and how that shielded him from being denounced as a "racist":
A new movie debuts today called "Invictus" - which stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela - and this film shows the world the power of sports to bring people of various races together to achieve a common destiny:
"Mr. Kemp won his House seat in 1970 because of his celebrity as an all-star quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, twice champions of the American Football League. He connected his concern for minorities with his respect for his black teammates, especially the linemen who had protected him from pass rushers.
Vin Weber, a former congressman from Minnesota and a close friend, said Mr. Kemp would often say, “I can’t help but care about the rights of the people I used to shower with.”
"The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid.Strangely, the movie ends with the viewer left believing South Africa is now a nation of tolerance and beauty, where the destiny of both whites and Black people is headed to a prosperous future of peace. Sports couldn't even do that in the nation with the "Cape of Good Hope" (SBPDL will discuss this movie in an entry this weekend).
Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match."
The promise of sports is that people from different backgrounds and races can put differences behind them to work for the greater good: winning. However, victory on a field in game largely played for entertainment does not translate to a winning recipe for running a stable nation (just ask South Africa), although showering with Black people in great numbers can induce a life-time journey of fighting for equality on their behalf.
Black people however, do excel at sports that require the ability to run quickly and jump with great dexterity. And people love to watch on television the exploits of sports stars.
However, Black people had hoped in earnest to keep the television sets from beaming their newest sport to the citizens of the United States, for this sport might not be as palatable to the majority population as it is to the enjoyment of those partaking in it.
You see, Black people have invented a new sport that they take particular joy in participating in - and this is one sport that won't see integration anytime soon - for it is a game that instills ethnic, cultural and racial pride.
Sadly, it lacks a name as of yet, but this anonymous game is popping up all across the country like Fight Clubs being created by Tyler Durden in the film of the same name.
Unsure of the sport in discussion? Perhaps a refresher of an event in Akron is necessary to let you on the secret, dear reader:
"...But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.Now do you know the sport that brings Black people together like no other game can? Henceforth, this anonymous game shall be called "TBW" - short for "This is a Black world" - for it is being played all across the nation.
It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend's home in South Akron.
Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world'' and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and his family."
Recently, Denver has seen this game taken up by a large number of Black people, as the furor for participating in TBW is reaching a fevered pitch:
Denver's Black population has found TBW an exciting and challenging game to partake in, as they try and evade the police in the aftermath of each contest.
"Racial attacks like the ones behind the arrest of 32 suspects in Denver are part of a trend spreading across the country, gang experts said Saturday.
As part of the trend, black gang members videotape the assaults in trendy tourist districts and sell them on the underground market as entertainment.
“They knock a young white guy out with one blow to see if his knees will wobble and surround them and take their money,” said the Rev. Leon Kelly, who runs a Denver gang-prevention program. “It’s a joke.”
Denver police announced the 32 arrests Friday after a months-long undercover investigation into what authorities said were racially motivated assaults and robberies in Denver, including in the Lower Downtown entertainment district.
They seek the arrests of three more suspects."
Oddly, this game has popped up in Minneapolis as well. Black people there are even finding the sport of TBW worthy of recording for viewers of Youtube.com to enjoy:
The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, also finds a large number of Black people partaking in the glory of TBW, as Asians are the targets in a recent game:
"St. Paul police have arrested an adult and a juvenile in connection with a series of random attacks in Minneapolis and St. Paul that were recorded on video and posted on YouTube.
A 19-year-old was booked into the Ramsey County jail, and a 17-year-old was taken to a juvenile detention center. Both were booked Tuesday on suspicion of strong-arm robbery and aggravated assault, according to St. Paul police reports."
TBW is a game that is picking up steam quickly, as it was recently played in Akron, Ohio by two college students and in Baltimore, Black people find the sport hard not to participate in:
"Some black students at South Philly High were none too happy yesterday.
In the wake of Thursday's melee in which a group of African-American students attacked a number of Asian students, many griped about how they feel that black students at the school are being villainized because of the actions of a few bad apples.
Since last week's altercations in which, community activists said, about 30 Asian students were attacked by a group of black students, the district has cracked down, increasing the number of school police on foot patrol in the area and redeploying school security to the school's hot spots, said a district spokesman. City police also are lending assistance."
It is difficult to pinpoint when this recently named game - TBW - took off in popularity, or where it even got started. One theory puts the origins of the game in Louisiana and to a small town there called Jena:
"Two teenage Crofton boys were arrested Sunday and charged in the death of Christopher David Jones, a 14-year-old who was attacked a day earlier while riding his bicycle along one of the town's tree-lined streets, Anne Arundel County police said.
An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore indicated that David, who lived on the 2400 block of Old Mystic Court in Crofton, died from head and neck injuries. Police said Sunday night that a motive for the fatal attack - by five to seven young men - is still under investigation, but emphasized that it was not a random act."
"Jena does have racial problems.The game, "This is a Black World" - or TBW - had to have gotten started in Jena, for the entire heaped money and love in the direction of the Black people who participated in the first version of this game, and the Jena Six were the beneficiaries of Disingenuous white liberal love.
Jenadoes have bigotry and prejudice, just like every other town in , perhaps even worse than some. If there were no racial problems, there would have been no nooses hung from a tree. There would not be one white student beaten and six black students charged with attempted second-degree murder. The local ministers would not have hurriedly called a meeting to deal with the issue. The cameras of the world would not have focused their lenses on America . Jena
There was no "fight" on December 4, 2006 atJustin Barker, the white student attacked, was not the first white student targeted by these black students. Others had been informed they were going to be beaten, but stayed away from school and out of sight until they felt safe."
, as the national media continues to characterize the event in question. Six students attacked a single student who was immediately knocked unconscious. According to sworn testimony, they stomped him, as he lay "lifeless" upon the ground. Jena High School
TBW is a game that Black people never wanted the citizens of this nation to know about. It got started in Jena, where Black people beat up a white kid and were then awarded with positive media coverage and donations from concerned people the world over.
Every other Black person participating in this game hopes for the same outcome, however, Stuff Black People Don't Like includes their newest game discovered, for TBW was supposed to be kept quiet for a few more years at least.
After all, the first rule of TBW is you don't talk about "This is a Black world".