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TSJ101 Opinion: Thoughts From The Chubby Guy XXXIII: Of Race And Ethics.
- Updated: February 11, 2016
TSJ101 Opinion: Thoughts From The Chubby Guy XXXIII: Of Race And Ethics.
Good morning, afternoon or evening, ladies and gentlemen, this is your friendly neighborhood wrestling writer/guru, Gregory Black, and my friends, I know you are probably looking at the title of this week’s edition, you know that there are going to be things said here that folks may or may not agree with.
And that’s totally fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, as is the case with my weekly articles, which you lovely people read week in and week out.
I’m totally alright with running the risk of losing a few readers, if I can help to bring about social consciousness amongst the masses.
Now, before I go into the article, let me state this now: there is absolutely nothing wrong with having pride in your race/nationality, there isn’t, clearly! Unfortunately, to some, if one group shows pride in their race/nationality, they are just trying to be troublemakers, and be racist towards all others, which isn’t the case. This part was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend of mine yesterday over social media, in which displayed a picture where it showed a list of four different wiki pages showing the pride of Asians, Blacks, Homosexuals, and Caucasians.
My friend, who is Caucasian, said it wasn’t fair that if he stated he had pride in him being white, that he would be deemed a racist, but that it was completely okay for Blacks and Hispanics to show their pride in public. It even said that in the wiki description, sadly. I stated that him having pride in being white wasn’t wrong, but, unfortunately, the main groups who conveyed their pride in being white also committed some of the gravest atrocities against minorities.
Which, honestly, isn’t fair for the non-racist majority. Being dealt a crappy hand because of what a few numbskulls did isn’t fair to anybody.
And that goes for every race, dear readers, EVERY race.
But, moving on…
What inspired this subject, which originally I was planning on writing about as far back as TFTCG IX (9), is the recent nonsense regarding Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, after he left the press conference after Super Bowl 50; everyone from fans, to media personalities, to NFL greats chastised him, calling him everything from “unprofessional”, to a “crybaby”.
Nevermind the fact that he and his team had just lost the biggest game in their young careers, after going 15-1 in the regular season, and having a perfect postseason leading up to the big game, the folks in the media and on social media took on the cause of knocking down one of the hottest QBs in the league this year, who not only made the big plays, but also inspired his squad to play the hardest that they have ever played.
Congratulations, feel better about yourselves now?
In case you were wondering WHY he left, listen to what was being said in the background by one of the Broncos’ players:
You’ve just lost the biggest game of your career, and to add insult to injury, you now have to hear your opponent gloat about beating you. I do not blame him one bit, but, what do I know?
But, let’s look at how that ties into the subject of this week’s edition. If you were paying attention to everything, and knew what to look for, SB50 had racial undertones written all over it, with the most prominent undertone being in the two teams who were to eventually face off in the big game.
The Broncos vs The Panthers, or, more precisely…
The “white knights riding the white horse” to battle against the “Black Panthers”. (Which is weird, considering half of each team is either black or white) Hmm, is it 1966, or 2016? I mean, let’s really take a hard look, not necessarily at the game, but, at the events leading up to this year. In these last few years, lots of things have happened, most prominently when it comes to race relations. And yes, some, if not a majority of it, had to do with happenings between law enforcement and the public.
Many people, of many different backgrounds and races, were being targeted, beaten, and, in a lot cases, killed, at the hands of police officers, who a majority of the offenders were Caucasian officers. Because of it, the “Black Lives Matter” movement was started, and while there was confusion, the movement clearly represented people of all ethnicities who were victims of police violence.
Because of all of the insanity there, internet hacktivists “Anonymous” started a campaign, revealing those who were in law enforcement and government office, who were also card carrying members of the Ku Klux Klan, and getting their kicks in by harassing and making bogus arrests against minorities.
And depending on which side of the argument you are on, Michael Brown was either deserving of what happened to him (which is what they determined in court, saying the officer was not guilty), or he was brutally murdered at the hands of another police officer. Same for Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, so on and so forth.
That is, of course, depending on which side of the story you believe.
But, getting back to the game, once you look at it as “white knights riding stallions” facing off against “black panthers”, you can see where the undertone sets in.
Then came the halftime show.
Or, more like it, Beyonce’s part of it.
She performed her latest single “Formation”, which was her rallying cry for the “Black Lives Matter“ movement. Now, here is where all of the controversy surrounding the song itself comes in. During the video, there is one scene where she is laying atop a sinking police car, a scene that has fired up those who are pro-police, and caused them to make claims that the song, as well as the video, is essentially calling for violence against the police.
It. Clearly. Isn’t.
It is a pushback against those who abuse the powers given to them in law enforcement and is telling those who are afraid of becoming victims themselves to never give up on the possibility of the elimination of police brutality.
That is what the song is about.
The controversy surrounding the halftime performance was more on the presentation that accompanied the song, Bey (did I really just call her that? Eww), was dressed in mocked up commando militant garb, as were her backup dancers, who were dressed as many of the females would in the time of the original Black Panther Party, with the black berets added to the costume.
The performance was also partly a dedication of Mario Woods, who was recently killed by police officers in San Francisco.
Along with those who were claiming her song would inspire violence against cops, they called her and her performance racist, because of the association with the BPP image. Note, the BPP of today is not associated with the original BPP of the 60s, while they may have some of the same concepts, they have their differences. Ask any member of the original, and they’d tell you so.
At the end of it all, the Broncos crushed the Panthers en route to the championship, and the rest of history. If you were looking into the undertones, the victory was just a sports reenactment of the FBI shutting down the original BPP.
Art imitating life, so to speak.
That is, of course, if you were looking at it in racial terms.
The majority of people who were watching the game obviously didn’t because who wants to equate sports with racism, am I right?
At the end, it was experience beating inexperience, it was the old guard one upping the young guys, it was the veteran showing the upstart how to get it done. And there is nothing wrong with that.
But, understand that for many, on both sides of the spectrum, this was about much more than just a game and bragging rights, for some, this was supposed to be retribution, and if you saw the pics posted on social media, it got VERY racial, because of the focus on the two quarterbacks, and really, the races of the two quarterbacks.
And, if you remember last week’s article, I made mention that there were many people on Twitter and other social media outlets who were calling Cam a thug and the N-word.
I suppose his team losing pleased the actual racists who made those posts, dear readers.
And it is a sad thing when a racist/bigot is happy.
Dear readers, let me tell you this: whether you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, green, purple or blue, having pride in your race is nothing wrong. It is fine if you have it, it is okay to be proud of it, if your race/nationality had great achievements to their accord, then by all means, celebrate it, live it up, show that pride without remorse. But never, NEVER degrade the next person’s ethnicity or nationality, because when you do, you become the bigot. You become the racist. And then, you become the problem, not just for your own, but for everyone else.
So, my dear readers, my dear friends, I, Gregory Black, a proud man of Puerto Rican descent, implore you to take a look, not just at yourselves, but at those around you and at your surroundings; those with whom you share a bond with ethnically, and those with whom you don’t, and make a real bond with those around you, because at the end of the day, whether you are black, white, brown, purple or blue, we are all brothers and sisters in this life.
No matter what walk of life you come from, rich or poor, working or unemployed, German or Mexican, African or Spaniard, Chinese or Cuban, we are all in this together. We have one world to share, why be at war with your neighbours? Why be at war with your brothers?
This is our home, and a calm home is a peaceful one. Only we can make that happen, so let’s make home a peaceful home.
Dear readers, as always, I thank all of you, well, those who stuck around until the end of the article without cursing me out, hehe, for not only reading this article and my opinions, but also for keeping up with this awesome writing staff and the excellent stories they put here for you.
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Again, thank you, this is Gregory Black, owing you a wonderful rest of your day, pleasant rest of your week, and a very relaxing weekend ahead.
Have a good one, dear readers.
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