Always One Of Our Own

Mr. Irving said he came to camp ready to participate and help the team win a championship. Then they made it mandatory to take the vaccine. It was optional last year. I can’t answer for Mr. Irving on whether he took the mandate as confusion or distrust for the NBA. Possibly a little of both.

What I do know is that he’s being called ignorant, stupid, selfish, crazy, all over the place, hard to understand, and someone who’s letting his team down.

He’s being criticized because there are people who make a lot LESS money than him and are choosing to take the vaccine. Unfortunately, for a black man who thinks for himself, money always gets brought up in these sensitive topics.

Why is it necessary to have pockets checked in the first place? The topic of discussion is medicine and whether one should or shouldn’t have the right to take it.

People are talking about it’s definitely his right to not take the vaccine but he has to deal with the consequences as if he’s a 12 year old turning in a late math assignment.

All these vicious and horrible undermining attacks aimed at a young man that until last night was relatively quiet. A thoughtful gentleman that just wants to live his life in peace.

If I somehow had the chance to read the written words of all the individuals who voiced their opinions on Mr. Irving without hearing or watching them speak on TV, not hearing voices or seeing faces, I’d swear they came from a bunch of middle aged to older white guys talking that shut up and dribble nonsense on Fox News or some idiotic podcast headed by the ignorant whites using there “First Amendment Rights”.

However, to my disappointment these are black men on ESPN and other high profile networks painting a picture of a young man that’s so distorted that I don’t feel anything but embarrassment. I feel embarrassment that I share the same hue as some of these individuals.

Stephen A Smith seems to be the ringleader rounding up all the troops being as vicious as a black man can possibly be towards another black man without simply pulling out a gun on Mr. Irving and unloading a whole clip.

Sometimes I think Mr. Smith is highly entertaining but when a black person gets in a jam, the loudest one in all of TV is undisputedly Stephen A Smith.

He’s hard to watch sometimes. Especially when it’s clear he’s not separating his personal feelings from the profession of Journalism.

White folks see this guy spewing all this rhetoric at black folks and it seems like there rewarding his efforts to tear down as many prominent black athletes as possible. He’s one of the highest paid personalities on TV.

I definitely don’t knock him for getting the bag. He deserves every penny of it. However, as my uncle Big John would say, “All Money Aint Good Money”. If this was hip-hop and a rap battle, Mr. Smith would and should have the green light to be as vicious as possible to gain a victory.

But on a sports debate show when he’s clearly setting an example on behalf of black folks in the media, I would think some things he speaks on concerning black people should be dealt with in a more sensitive manner.

This is Amerikkka for black folks. It’s designed for us to fail here. For black folks, we know very little about America and this justice for all foolishness.

Most of us come from way below the bottom. Most of us had run-ins with the law having our civil rights abused on a continual basis.

I can’t name one black male who’s never spent at least one night in jail. I’m sure they’re out there but I don’t know any myself.

Many of us can say we’ve spent nights or weekends in jail for little or nothing. We’ve all been profiled. Most of us have lost jobs in racial manners but didn’t have the resources to fight it.

The school systems in many black communities are below par. We don’t get equal pay and have to work twice as hard as our white counterparts to get crumbs.

Then a few of us make it and have the finances to change our lives and our families lives only to be antagonized and berated by one who looks like us.

One of the greatest things I ever saw on TV was the day Terrell Owens went on first take and told Mr. Smith that Max Kellerman acted as more of a black man than Mr. Smith. That comment spoke volumes.

I wonder how many other brothas have been feeling the same way. That exchange definitely got my attention.

This has nothing at all to do with a choice to be vaccinated. It’s just a take on why black men are at the forefront of this verbal lynching of another black man with the grand dragon being in the person of Stephen A Smith.

Like I said, I feel embarrassment by all this. Disappointment. I wish we could look at this for what it is and either not comment at all or be a little more creative.

Of all the things black men have to deal with in this country, the last thing we should have to be worried about is attacks from those who look like us.

We gotta do better.

Peace and Love Mr. Irving

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