Black History Month is now in full swing. We are again celebrating athletes and citizens who crossed various color lines but were never able to reach the finish line of equality. This is a shallow celebration period for me because color lines should have never existed in the first place!
As heirs of a race-based system, the owners of sports leagues and franchises in the past and present must thank their forefathers for creating a biased and unequal generational code based upon Eurocentric principles and the ideology of domination created and also based on the skin color of an individual or group of people.
Miriam-Webster defines Eurocentric as “focusing on European culture or history to the exclusion of a wider view of the world; implicitly regarding European culture as preeminent.” Miriam-Webster also uses the statement, “The classical, Eurocentric view of how mathematics developed,” as a flawed and questionable example of the usage of the word, Eurocentric. Why? Well, because thought.com posted the following: “According to the book, ‘Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times,’ mathematics as an organized science did not exist until the classical Greek period from 600 to 300 B.C.”
Yet history.com says that: “The peak of pyramid building in Egypt began with the late third dynasty and continued until roughly the sixth (c. 2325 B.C.)” People of color built structures and pyramids using mathematical equations thousands of years before European culture could comprehend the concept of mathematics.
History.com also tells us that: “In late August 1619, the White Lion, an English privateer commanded by John Jope, sailed into Point Comfort and dropped an anchor in the James River. Virginia colonist John Rolfe documented the arrival of the ship and ‘20 and odd’ Africans on board. His journal entry is immortalized in textbooks, with 1619 often used as a reference point for teaching the origins of slavery in America.”
In the recent past, a few NFL and MLB owners have falsely been hailed as heroes by many Americans for staunchly preserving the poisonous, divisive ideology of their sports based on “racial purity.” But America, please don’t get it twisted. Refuse to be misled because the original doctrine of the racial domination that has affected and continues to infect American society began in August of 1619, when John Jope sailed into Point Comfort and dropped an anchor in the James River. I am only using this event as a historical point of reference.
In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Huey Newton, H. Rap Brown, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, George Floyd, Colin Kaepernick, Fritz Pollard, Willie Thrower, Chuck Cooper, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Jim Brown, Jim Thorpe and many other Black heroes alive and deceased, have been forced to cross the “red line of racism” created at Jamestown in 1919 and continues today.
Regardless of the shallow and ineffective political, anti-bias legislation and laws created to promote “social wellness,” and the “internal measures” adopted by sports leagues, the “floodlight of racism” is as bright as ever and in many cases, shines brighter now than it has for the past 400 years. The consistency of racism has also genuinely poisoned the psyche and dampened the spirits of the people of color who have pursued careers as athletes, administrators, coaches and owners in the world of sports. Significant numbers of people of color are not just drinking the Kool-Aid; they are making it!
Chantz Martin recently posted an article on foxnews.com titled: “Patrick Mahomes’ father says Chiefs QB ‘has a long ways to go’ before he surpasses Tom Brady’s greatness.”
The article makes the argument that, “While Brady is widely considered the greatest player in NFL history, others argue that Mahomes has already reached the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s level of greatness. But, Mahomes’ father, Pat Mahomes Sr., is not quite ready to give his son the greatest of all-time title.”
The article directly quotes Pat Mahomes Sr. as saying, “That’s still to be determined. He still has a ways to go. I have mad respect for Tom Brady and I grew up as a Joe Montana fan.”
The article continues by pointing out that, “Mahomes Sr. did acknowledge that his son is heading in the right direction, but at this point, he would still give Brady and Montana the edge.”
I must issue a painful reminder to Pat Mahomes Sr. as a father and a Black man. We must always remember that we often cannot rely on the media of the majority to accurately record the victories and accomplishments achieved by people of color in the sports world and beyond.
There was an article posted on usprisonculture.com dated, October 7, 2012, titled: “A Word to the Black Man… A Reminder.” The article reprinted an editorial initially published in the Los Angeles Times on July 6, 1910. The editorial was created after a series of riots left over 25 Black people dead after Jack Johnson won a highly promoted fight against a White, undefeated former heavyweight champion named James K. Jeffries. Jack Johnson, an unrepentant Black man, had defeated America’s “Great White Hope.”
An excerpt from that editorial was titled: “A word to the Black man.” The editorial warned men of color: “Do not point your nose too high. Do not swell your chest too much. Do not boast too loudly. Remember, you have done nothing at all. You are just the same member of society today that you were last week.”
Pat Mahomes Sr., you must not be afraid to celebrate the “legitimate” victories of your son because simultaneously, the world defies the misdeeds of a cheater and falsely crowned champion, Tom Brady. I’ll bet all of you my last bottle of Jack Daniels that Tom Brady’s father would never rate the performance of your son above his, regardless of the numbers.
Statements such as these corroborate the fact that many people of color have been browbeaten and brainwashed to the point of being terrified that an outward appearance of accepting our greatness might be misconstrued as being egotistical or arrogant.
It leads me to question if Pat Mahomes Sr. has become disoriented because of the ingestion of a toxic amount of Kool-Aid.
When Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jeffries for the boxing heavyweight championship, the acceptance and celebration of that victory resulted in the torture, maiming, and killing of many Black folks and people of color. I now offer you a word from the wise. Dump the Kool-Aid down the drain, because we should never be able to add enough sugar to swallow it.