|All Blacks are good at sports... right George Allen?|
Michael Scott: Let's put together the starting line-up, shall we? Stanley, of course. Stanley: I'm sorry? Michael Scott: Um, what do you play? Center? Stanley: Why 'of course'? What's that supposed to mean? Michael Scott: I donno... I don't remember saying that. Jim Halpert: Uh, I heard it. Michael Scott: Well people hear a lot of things, man.
Because the primary positive examples of Black people are engineered through sports – and this is one of the only manners in which white America interacts with Black people by watching Black people excel at sports on television and in person – the perception that all Black people have athletic dexterity is manufactured.
Did former Virginia senator George Allen, who is trying to win back his old job, make another gaffe about race or was his encounter with a black TV reporter a misunderstanding?
Voters will get a chance to weigh in when the Republican faces off against Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke in a U.S. Senate primary next year. Democrat Jim Webb is not seeking re-election in 2012.
Here is a recap of events:
Allen asked reporter/anchor Craig Melvin, who works at the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., what position he played in sports. Melvin, who happens to be tall and African American, tweeted on Tuesday night that Allen had asked him this question twice in the last five months.
"I did not play a sport," Melvin wrote.
A general paucity of Black people in other professions puts an unfair obligation on Black athletes to provide the bulk of positive role models for their community. Black athletes are ambassadors for their race and since white people have been conditioned to believe Black dominance in sports is permanent, then all Black people should possess athletic adroitness that is superior to their own.
Black people who gain prominence in other professions outside of sports will always give white people that lingering level of doubt that they actually reached that position through merit. Sports – one would assume – offers a meritocracy, whereas Black Run America (BRA) ensures that merit is the last qualification or requirement for attaining prominence at a company or in the government.
Yes, we allude to affirmative action and the zeal that companies have for diversifying their workforce to appear socially conscious.
Without sports, Thug Report would provide the most vivid representation of Black people in America.
Even with sports, Thug Report seems to provide an accurate picture of many of the athletes who hold aloft the sole positive images of Black people.
Melvin should be excited he has a job in journalism. Affirmative action policies and a desire to diversify newsroom are ending, with the quality of material published by Black writers dropping to historic lows (evidenced by the fact Black journalists are the first fired).
Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes the “aren’t you good at sports?” assumption. Blacks who have risen in non-sports related vocations will always be looked upon as benefiting from affirmative action, since merit has little to do with promotion in Black Run America (BRA).
Black athletes are perceived as the best athletes, thus sports seem to be a meritocracy. Just ask Peyton Hillis how true this is in sports.