Jason Whitlock can't seem to make up his mind.
Real Talk! That's what he calls his column on AOL sports. 'Cause, homie keeps it real!
He tells it like it is. Doesn't pander to anyone or anything. Doesn't mince words. Doesn't hold back. Bitch slaps bojanglers and apparently is in the process of hunting down the Black KKK (whatever that is).
Now, we are all for a Negro having the cajones to feel that what he has to say is important and NOT to feel pressured into caving into political correctness. Fight the Power!
But, at this juncture, after reading Whitlock's diatribes on AOL this week, and then comparing them to his column in the Kansas City Star, one has to wonder: What is Real? and, what is Talk?
We aren't going to rehash the entire articles, as there are a few blogs out there that did a bang up job of it (see http://www.thebiglead.com roundup for a few links and check out http://www.leavethemanalone.com for some more words on the hypocrisy), but we'd be remiss if we didn't lend a comment or two.
[Red is his latest AOL column. Blue is his KC Star column]
"Could you imagine the level of denial had my column not been written?
We would still be running around pretending that NBA All-Star Weekend was some sort of glorious black holiday, and anyone who dared mention the nasty elements of what transpired in Vegas would be shouted down as a racist."
Sounds like we owe Jason high praise for being the only honest voice in the media. Being the only writer man enough to call a spade a spade; so to speak. Tell us, Jason, how nasty was it?
"we’re talking about The Perfect Storm of ghettofabulousness — booze, babes, gambling, celebrities, a dunk contest and no such thing as last call.
You could feel All-Star Weekend in Vegas calling you in the pit of your stomach and from areas below."
Damn, that does sound bad. We can't think of ANYTHING nastier than what lies below the bottomless pit that is Jason's stomach! Thank goodness you were there to report on this and not allow the NBA and the media they control under their thumb to live in denial! Expose that nastiness.
"We have a problem in the black community, and it didn't make its debut at All-Star Weekend Vegas. What was impossible to ignore in Vegas was on display in Houston, Atlanta and previous All-Star locations."
So, if there is a problem like this in the Black community, Jason Whitlock is the man that is gonna set it straight, true?
"You just had to be there, even if you no longer love the NBA the way you did when Magic, Bird, Michael and Isiah ruled the game, even if you had zero interest in the actual game."
But, if the problem is so nasty and horrible, WHY did "you" (I assume Jason means the collective you) just have to be there? Why not stay home and stay away? Why put yourself out there and risk harm and nastiness and danger?
"For black men and women below the age of 45, NBA All-Star Weekend in Vegas was a calling you felt deep in the pit of your stomach."
Oh, gotchya. Black folk just can't fight that internal, rhythmic jungle urge to go, right?
"The whole All-Star Weekend just put me on edge; it left me in a sour mood. I can't deny what I saw."
Right on. No one is asking you to deny what you saw. What did you see?
"All-star weekend a perfect party"
Huh? Come again!?
"All in all, NBA All-Star Weekend did not enhance Vegas, and Vegas did not elevate NBA All-Star Weekend. Vegas is still Vegas. And All-Star Weekend is still a little too ghettofab."
A little too ghettofab? But we thought that it was the nastiest of the nastiest. "A little too ghettofab"? It had to be worse than that, right?
"The Black Ku Klux Klan shows up in full force and does its best to ruin our good time. Instead of wearing white robes and white hoods, the new KKK has now taken to wearing white Ts and calling themselves gangsta rappers, gangbangers and posse members."
That's better! Phew, we were gonna say, reporting it as being a bit on the ghetto side ain't gonna get you love letters from white folk or raise any eyebrows. But, there you go! Change "a little too ghettofab" to a tale about the Black KKK rolling into town and terrorizing the strip...and HELLS YEA, you are gonna get some love from your white readers and raise some eyebrows! Nicely played!
"This must be the way Rosa Parks felt on that bus. She was just tired of eating white racist (spit). I'm tired of eating black racist (spit)."
Homeboy, from the looks of you, you ain't tired of eating a DAMNED thing.
From our point of view, the only thing worse than a racist is someone that positions themselves to appeal to the racist elements of one group by contriving a racist element in another. There are people that don't know how to act regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. To try to characterise the lack of a moral consciousness and the lack of a respect for others (regardless of race) by individuals of one group as being some sort of organized effort to emulate the KKK is a sad proposition. And then comparing yourself to Rosa Parks is the mayo on the shit sandwich you are trying to feed us.
Obviously, you don't give a damn what YOU eat, Jason. But some of us refuse to swallow the mess you are serving up. Pander all you want. Call every brother in the world a "bojangler".
But remember you can't change the truth: Every time you drop those giant drawers of yours; your ass is still black.
And you can't help but show it.