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Who’s Playing Along with the NBA? On LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kawhi Leonard & The Rules on Color

Posted in Counter-racism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2014 by CREE-EIGHT
I look Arab.  Don't I?  Draft me!

I look Arab. Don’t I? Draft me!

I woke up this morning to a slew of Facebook posts by black people saying how ridiculous it was to have ever spoken of LeBron James as being anywhere near the greatness of Michael Jordan— after last night’s 4-1 San Antonio Spurs blow-out win over LeBron James’ Miami Heat team in the NBA Finals. These posts were given thousands of thumbs-ups — by other black people. White folks wouldn’t go to much trouble to disagree with that. But, white folks were spending their basketball-trash-talking minutes this morning fawning all over the greatness of the most international team (and, arguably the most explicitly anti-black team) in the NBA and, of course, the greatness of their beloved Great White Father, “Pop.” That latter title of the Spurs’ coach always sets to mind for me Adolf Hitler’s name for Nazi Germany as the “Fatherland.” But, I’ve digressed. What I’m going to do in this article is point out: 1) why so many black people show love to Jordan but throw glare on James, and; 2) why so many black people REALLY delighted in seeing the Spurs demolish the Heat.

WHY SO MANY BLACK PEOPLE SHOW LOVE TO MICHAEL JORDAN BUT THROW GLARE ON LEBRON JAMES
No, the facts do not bear out that MJ and LBJ are widely separated by performance.

From the outstanding article on Black Men on Sports (BOSS), BOSS Sports | Vigalantee: LeBron, Show Black Pride Openly And You’ve Got MJ Beat:

“Michael Jordan’s team did not clear .500 in the regular season until his fourth season in the league, 1987-1988, when Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant came aboard and Doug Collins was coach….”

The Cav’s went to the playoffs [James’] 3rd season in the league and that was coming straight out of H.S. while Jordan came into the league after 2 years of college ball. James left Cleveland for Miami and has reached the Finals in all three years, winning twice. Through 10 years, Jordan holds a 3-2 edge in championships and Finals MVPs. James has a 4-3 edge in Finals appearances and regular-season MVPs. The numbers for these two all-time greats are through Jordan’s age-31 year and James’ age-28 year. “

Like most beliefs that do not reconcile with the facts, this one about Jordan far out-performing James is based upon bias. In this case, it is a bias caused by white folks to further their system of domination.

A lot of black people dislike LeBron James, essentially, because a lot of white folks dislike him: kinda the way black people disliked Malcolm X in his day because, they were told was an adequate reason, The Minister advocated “violence” ( self-defense).
In LBJ’s case, somehow it’s related to “how The Decision was done.” That was a product created by the white folks who control marketing. LBJ had every right to profit from it though all the money he made from it went to charity. James also had/has every right to be vocal about his confidence. When white men do it, it’s called “leadership.” When black men do it, it’s called “cockiness” (not surprisingly). Think about the word, “cocky.” Minister Malcolm was not a well-behaved Negro and neither is King James of America. I understand that we don’t like those of us whom our dominators don’t like because those rebels make us nervous. But, we gotta deal with that nervousness in a more constructive way. The rebels are right and the dominators are wrong.

WHY SO MANY BLACK PEOPLE REALLY DELIGHTED IN SEEING THE SPURS DEMOLISH THE HEAT

Black people hate blackness, of course. We hate seeing it like a vain 50-yr-old hates looking into mirrors. We prefer to see ourselves as something different, something better, we believe, than we actually are. Most black people prefer to see ourselves as the mulattoes that have replaced us in mass media. This is often discussed as regards black women and hair weaves. But, witness it now in black men: A friend of mine told me this morning that she was watching game 5 last night in a lounge. My friend told me, “at a table next to mine were several young black men who talked about The Spurs having a black man from this country and that…how this one was mixed with this and that….they high-fived when the Spurs scored and one yelled for them to whoop them ‘black mutha fuckas asses'”

Hasn’t anyone noticed how the NBA has had, for the last 5-10 years, a much higher percentage of lighter-skinned black players than exists in the general population or that existed before that time? Professional sports have now become like any other job. Lighter skin can qualify you when ability alone cannot. This change in policy by the racists was quite deliberate and explained very well in a piece on Aljazeera, entitled, Far from Sterling: Rebranding racism in sports, written during the 2nd round of this year’s NBA play-offs:

“The National Basketball Association (NBA) has evolved into a global commodity. With fans all over the world, its top athletes are as recognisable as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Although a worldwide brand today, the NBA’s struggle has long been selling a “Black game” to a white audience stateside, and non-Blacks on the international front.

‘Less black and more professional’

Today 76 percent of NBA players are Black. Before the influx of international talent in the 1990s, the proportion of Black players was even higher. NBA owners, all of whom were white until 2002, set off to do the impossible: convert a predominantly Black NBA into a non-Black league.

First, league owners sought to transform the league’s image. Hip-hop culture was ubiquitous in the NBA, manifested by the music played at stadiums to the style of dress worn by its biggest stars. The corn-rowed Allen Iverson, who commonly wore baseball caps and medallions at press conference, replaced the suit-and-tie professionalism of Michael Jordan.

The shift was far more than merely aesthetic. Jordan personified the apolitical sensibility and trans-racial marketability NBA owners coveted. Jordan was said to ‘transcend race’, while Iverson’s slang resonated more with street kids than corporate sponsors. While Jordan faded away from race and politics, claiming: ‘Republicans buy sneakers, too’, Iverson represented the very culture and community NBA owners sought to clip.”

To “transcend race” means to not talk about racism (the domination of black people). That can include not talking much AT ALL and looking down when not looking at some task on the court. It’s not his fault and I’m not demeaning the Spur small-forward, Kawhi Leonard’s, talent. But, of course, his behavior and speech fit the latter specs. The same can be said of The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Reggie Jackson. Let me reiterate that I am NOT blaming Mr. Leonard or Mr. Jackson. They are being severely victimized and it shows. Victims are not to blame for their victimization. Period.

To be “more professional and less black” as referenced in the Aljazeera piece, means to as much as possible, literally and phenotypically be less black. The international list of black NBA players fits this bill more than it does not. But, it also includes many born right here in these 50 united states in North America. An Arab in Dubai watching an NBA game might think that Danny Green, Tim Duncan, Stephen Curry, or Blake Griffin are Arabs. And, a lot of black people would like to escape their black self-perception by seeing themselves in such players.

In other words, a lot of the dislike that black people have for the Miami Heat, as currently constituted, and much of the fondness we have for the Spurs is not because of the way the latter play team ball but is just plain colorism born of being dominated by non-black folk.

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Increasingly, it’s becoming clear that Grandma’s house isn’t the place for our little ones to be when we cannot watch them if Grandma is going to have that TV on. Or, is going to buy white dolls given with hugs and kisses. Or, is going to fawn all over people with lighter-eyes, straighter hair, and/or lighter skin. Or, is going to have a picture of white Jesus or Fard Muhammad on her wall. ETCETERA.”’

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David Stern and Associates are Startin Somethin Beyond Basketball

Posted in Counter-racism with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by CREE-EIGHT

My biological father was the first person to help me find the logic of countering racism. And, my Pops is second only to Neely Fuller, Jr. in his effectiveness in doing so. At the beginning of last year’s NBA season, I was telling my dad that I was dismayed how few black people seemed to understand the magnitude of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh successfully executing their plan to play on the same NBA team. He said to me, quite nonchalantly, while munching on some pecans, “The owners are gonna lock the players out next season. This is not about money. It’s about power. They’re going to say it’s about something else— but it’s not. They (the white men/ Racist Man) have to stop dat. At any cost.” Then, with a cheek full of pecans, he sat down at his computer to work on his algorithm—–uhhh, no, I can’t tell you what the algorithm is for.

NBA Cancels Games Through Nov. 30

by The Associated Press

October 28, 2011

NBA Commissioner David Stern has canceled all NBA games through Nov. 30.

The move came Friday after labor negotiations broke down for the second time in a week.

“It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now,” Stern says.

After two days of making some progress on salary cap issues, the two sides brought the revenue split back into the discussion and got stuck on both.

Owners are insistent on a 50-50 split of revenues, while players last formally proposed they get 52.5 percent, leaving them about $100 million apart annually. Players were guaranteed 57 percent in the previous collective bargaining agreement.

No further talks have been scheduled.

Broken pipe-dreams for really, really tall, hard-working, goal-oriented, black males with no jobs who haven’t even gotten out of high school or junior college, yet. Not to mention the NBA athletes who have seen the world a bit and are gonna want white people to make more Magic Johnson-like room for them but are gonna find out that their money ain’t worth as much as they thought.

Somethin’s gonna happen.

That’s not my Pop’s prediction. It’s mine. I could be incorrect. I sure missed the call on Troy Davis. But, whateva we do, y’all: NO RIOTS.

Racist Man/Woman are looking for a reason to kill large numbers of us. They gonna kill some and I ain’t sayin not to defend yourself but riots ain’t gonna hurt no one but us.

Riots are a set up. This is all serious theater for Racist Man and Racist Woman. Planet of the Apes, London. Let’s spoil part 3 for them. Mmmm k.

One Gorilla All But Disappears from NBA Finals

Posted in Counter-racism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by CREE-EIGHT

There was only one brief appearance of a gorilla in any of the commercials that aired this evening during the last game of the 2011 NBA Finals– compared to about ten in the previous games. To me, that is the big news. The ads for The Zookeper were mostly removed from rotation during game 6. When the butts of their joke catch on, it usually ceases to be funny to Becky and Brian.

Sure, The Big Three are on the losing side. But, so are all of the black guys employed by the Dallas Mavericks. Bosh, James, and Wade made a valiant stand and I’m not disappointed in them at all. It’s total war in everything the racists (white supremacists) do against us. Since total war does not exclude killing infants, it most definitely can include: hiring a coach to sabotage a basketball team that has black players who are trying to be men; conspiracies for battery & assault camouflaged as fouls on said players, offers that can’t be refused involving the safety of those closest to them, and season lock-outs to buy time for other dirty dealings like criminal set-ups and charges, or even tragic accidents off the court.

This was and is a big one for Racist Man and Racist Woman.

I suspect that the gorilla on LeBron James’ back is the same one on mine. It is not the one that only peeked at us today during the ONE commercial for the Zookeeper movie. It’s the one that sunburns.

Becky's husband/brother, Brian

Slam-Dunking the Ads of Racists During NBA FInals

Posted in Counter-racism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2011 by CREE-EIGHT

"Welcome to his jungle"----Zoo Keeper

From Urban dictionary – May 22, 2006: Zookeeper a white slave trader of black slaves very racist term to describe a white person. Proud white person may call himself this. Ex: U f@ckin’ zookeeper!

Kevin James, The Zookeeper, with his sidekick talking gorilla

Remember this?

I reside in an area that is being re-occupied by white people. As my gentlemate and I do not own a television, we’ve had to stroll down to a local eatery with more than a few white people in it to watch this year’s NBA finals series between the Dirk Nowitzki-led Mavericks and the LeBron James-led Heat.

Wow. Wow.

White men are viewing the competition as solemnly as they likely viewed coverage of the 9/11 attacks. These white men are so desperate to know the current status of the contest that they are overcoming their usual aversion to standing close to my tall, brown-skinned mate. And, there is a ferocity on their faces that they seldom display around black people nowadays— unless they are enforcement officials. These white men will flinch for a millisecond when they notice me intently watching them but they remain undeterred in their attention to the screen—like they’re close to some moment of ultimate sexual satisfaction. It’s very weird. It’s very intense.

The psychologists employed by advertisers know that attention is heightened to anything occurring when the heart rate is still accelerated from an experience occurring just prior. The main products pitched to exploit this heightened response to the LeBron v. Dirk battle are two movies set for summer release: Zookeeper and Rise of the Planet of Apes. THE task of white people in this refined stage of the system of white supremacy(racism) is expressed in the relationship between the titles of these two films:

“Good” zookeeping prevents a rise of the niggers. Black people must be so bonded to racists (white supremacists) that we lack the motivation to destroy the system of racism (white supremacy).

The creation and maintenance of such a deceptive attachment of the captives to their captor can only be forged while being in very close contact with us. Only a few white people can develop this level of racist skill. People like Mark Wahlberg, the rapper-turned actor and, of course, like Dirk Nowitzki, the German born basketball GWH who is serially sexing black females. (Dirk got out of a previous engagement to one black lady when she was arrested at his home for fraud of which poor Dirk, of course, knew n o t h i n g. Nichts). Wahlberg’s character had an ape groupie but he didn’t have to pretend affection for her. Marky Mark’s character had only two ape fans while Dirk’s skills have got black people hooping and hollering for him in numbers I’d expect for a sequel to Passion of the Christ.

Back to the commercials. I wish I could include some still pictures of their most precious and expensive moments, but white people have a lock and key on the commercials. Apparently, they know about counter-racist film reviews. So, I’ll have to briefly describe the ads for those who missed the spectacle.

The Zookeeper Ads
The title role of The Zookeeper is played by Kevin James. No coincidence. Slaves here have the names of their owners. But, no relation to LeBron James (Uh, actually I don’t know about that. Consult your nearest white anthropologist.) Zoos have lots of animals. Yet, during this showdown against LeBron James, the commercials featured only one animal consistently. Yep. A gorilla. Said beast is shown thumping to hip-hop in one commercial with the white zookeeper and playing basketball with him in another.

I kid you not.

This is very serious comedy for Racist Man—and for Racist Woman; who is seen dancing cheek to cheek in a bar with the gorilla while the zookeeper looks on.

Planet of the Apes Ads
The Planet of the Apes commercials don’t clown nearly as much. These really just emphasize and amplify the threat of apes that have, finally, gotten smart. This part is not complicated. And, that’s what makes both films so fun and funny to white people. No need to whisper or hide these messages. As we have yet to get smart, a fun past-time for white people is to check the tweets on the commercials and then forward them to their friends for a high-five belly-laugh. Here’s a tweet by a black person that likely made the rounds on the droids of some white people: “I can’t wait for this to drop so I can take my nieces and nephews to see it.”

If you go to see either of these films, please don’t take little victims with you. Here is my recommended method of viewing the film if you decide to pay for it: Go with a more informed black person. Sit in the middle of the theatre and turn to each other at every racist punch line.—- When white people sitting in the rows in front of you deduce from the quietness of those behind them that there is a smarter black person in their midst, the theatre will start sounding like a Lutheran church funeral. Then, when the film is over, be the last to leave the theatre to bask in the bizarre silence that confirms that you’ve taken some enjoyment out of practicing racism for white people. It might make the film less profitable for them in more ways than one. Now, that’s good fun.

*GWH =great white hope.

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Postscript: If I could write the screenplay to this Bosh-James-Wade drama, the Heat would win the championship and all three would retire at the main news conference following the series with no explanation given.

Post-postscript—Because there is no logical placement for this observation, it clumsily appears here. There is an AT&T commercial that appears during the series intermittently showing a gorilla climbing a skyscraper. At the end of the commercial, there is a black male with a hardhat standing at the top of a skyscraper that is under construction. There is no relationship of the gorilla to the product or narrative of the ad. It’s just raw racism (white supremacy). Grab your women. Grab their women. The black male is loose and climbing. Stop him.

Miami Heat: The Most Threatening Slave Revolt Since Haiti?

Posted in Counter-racism with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by CREE-EIGHT

Bosh, Wade, James making moves against the System (of racism/white supremacy).

Sporting News, May 26, 2010,

“As the Miami Heat have found out over the course of this season, pretty much wherever they go around the NBA, they’re a target for the disdain of fans who were put off by the way the team’s trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh conspired to join forces in South Beach. What they may not have known, though, is that the disdain can reach high up in NBA front offices.

Celtics partner Wyc Grousbeck, speaking to the Boston radio station WEEI at a charity event, said he has been tuning in to this year’s postseason even after his team’s disappointing Eastern Conference semifinal loss to Miami for the same reason many fans around the country are watching—to root against the Heat. ‘I’m watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly,’ Grousbeck said.”

White Power Salute

Conspired. Conspired. The writer, editors, and publisher of this article have all pronounced the crime of these three black males and the pursuit of them is being reported.

I am not surprised by this consensus of white people. I fully expected it as soon as I learned of Mr. James’ decision. In the system of racism (white supremacy), the only man is supposed to be a white one. The Man. To white people, when a black male man-ages any significant part of his own affairs, it is a capital crime. In such a crisis, all white people are deputized crime-stoppers. Like I said, this is to be expected.

I am astounded that so many black people have cheered on the franchises competing against Mr. Bosh, Mr. James, and Mr. Wade.
–No.– I’m more than astounded. I’m wondering when the ship for the 100 black supporters of this trio is going to beam us up to our home planet. Surely, this must be a planet operating on a whole different logic system than the one installed in my galaxy. Here, the most abused reward their abusers and never reach their limit.

Of course, white people all over the globe know they are on the same team. The team whose sole objective is to dominate black people.

Forever.

It is that same objective the pale-skinned people had who kidnapped our ancestors on distant shores. Then, we did not grasp the oneness of purpose with which white people operate; that there are no tribal constraints on their unity of purpose. 500 years later, we haven’t gotten any smarter. That’s harsh. Reality often is.

Millions of black people are cheering against Mr. Bosh, Mr. James, and Mr. Wade in favor of the NBA franchise nearest them or of the franchise with uniforms the same colors of their alma mater. But, white people get that this NBA season is the most important one in history because it could be the beginning of the most threatening slave revolt since Haiti’s. The trio took salary cuts deciding that managing their own basketball careers was more important than the tallest stack of paper. They are working under much greater pressure because of that decision to place greater value on trying to be men than on comfort. See where this is going if it catches fire?

Go H E A T

Or, beam me up Scotty.*

* Scotty Pippen, a Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer, supported the Miami Heat in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Bulls.

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