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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Context Is Everything

Elijah Dukes provided all kinds of fodder for sound bites when he called into a radio show after his taunting wife conducted an assault on his character.

While folks concentrated on his statements regarding his wife and some regarding his falling victim to the luscious temptations of a 17 year old girl living under the foster care of his grandmother; the most telling statement that Dukes made has gotten precious little play.

When asked about his background, and the fact that his father went to prison for killing someone over a bad $100 crack cocaine deal, Dukes said "if people must know... $100 of crack, you can flip that and get $200. You all need to be more open-minded about the situation"

Key phrase: open minded.

Casting judgment on this situation without knowing anything more than the details. Only knowing the basic facts. Not knowing the thought process of the man involved. Taking things at face value. Reading a headline, "Man Killed over $100 worth of crack", and leaping head first to the conclusion that this was an irrational act. Or that the man conducting the act was in some way a bad person.

It doesn't take a social scientist or psychologist to understand where much of the anger we feel emanating from Mr. Dukes originates. It originates from watching his father suffer at the hands of a closed minded society. It smolders as he sees that same closed mindedness slowing trying to take everything he has earned in his long struggle to the major leagues. And it erupts as the media actively and purposely provides an outlet for his estranged wife and a cash hungry young woman to tarnish his character and threaten his future.

"You all need to be more open-minded about the situation"

And you all do.

For how much do you think he could flip a 17 year old girl?



We'll find out what it cost him in the not too distant future.

39 comments:

Dave the Wave said...

every time i think you have reached a new level (or is it sunk to a new level?) of douchebaggery and cockslobbery, you find a way to be a bigger douchebagging cockslob.

be open minded about a drug dealer killing a guy over 100 bucks?

be open minded about Elijah Dukes banging 17 year old girls put in his grandma's care?

You are a sick fucking animal.

I'm so open minded....that I think BOTH of you should be strung up.

Martin said...

".that I think BOTH of you should be strung up."

Sir, in the 'cockslobbery' of your 'douchebagging' comment, did you forget the original post of "Context is Everything"? Let's look at what you babbled, sir:

"a drug dealer killing a guy over 100 bucks?"

Some would say, sir, that it was someone suffering from the painful affliction of addiction that was pushed to the edge because of socioeconomic and medical reasons and feared for his life and survival. Some would say it was an act of self defense for survival in a society that is ill equipt to adequately care for an individual with needs and support but does not fit in to the correct socioeconomic and racial class. Context is everything.


"banging 17 year old girls put in his grandma's care?"

Technically, he had consensual sex with another peer, as defined by the state laws in that jurisdiction, but you frame it as if he committed a heinous crime. In Wisconsin, two white people who are second cousins (i.e. related) and have consensual sex and that is acceptable. Context is everything.

"I think BOTH of you should be strung up."

Sir, are you advocating violence as the righteousness pathway to change? There was a white individual in Europe in the early 1900s who was distraught over the views of others and he advocated stringing people up. Hitler. Context is everything.

Martin said...

Sir, I miss the old days. The days when we could have meaningful conversations and debates about whether or not Art Garfunkel was black (I guess you are correct that he is not, but part of me still thinks he is) and sister Dee would brighten the posts with mention of her D's.

I guess that this is the sign of the blogs up and coming status. Where there is truth and light, the man is quick with the sickle to cut down inspiration.

Subhanullah!

Johnny Cockring said...

"be open minded about a drug dealer killing a guy over 100 bucks?"

I thought Mr. Dukes made it clear that it was over $200. This shows us just how closed-minded you are.






oh, yeah, that stringing people up thing is kinda problematic, too.

Johnny Cockring said...

"Sir, I miss the old days. The days when we could have meaningful conversations and debates about whether or not Art Garfunkel was black (I guess you are correct that he is not, but part of me still thinks he is) and sister Dee would brighten the posts with mention of her D's."

Sir, I am sorry I missed those days.

It can't be too hard to ignore 'censured' and 'dave the undertow', especially if there's a more intriguing topic at hand.

Dee?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

MARTIN

Sir, the good old days are these days.

You may ask, why?

Well, the more people like anon/censored and dave the wave that come here, the more we can fight the contemptuous mindset of the devil.

Ours is mission to teach.

To illuminate.

How do we do so?

By shedding darkness onto light.

That's how.

censored said...

The best justice would be for you or your family members to come into contact with the scum you so readily support.

censored said...

Ever hear of how two wrongs dont make a right...the whole basis of your blog is disgusting....now you can delete the truth and censor me you spineless fool.

Johnny Cockring said...

Perhaps this man was inspired by the romantic stylings of Mr. Dukes.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3305652&page=1

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Johnny Cockring said...

"cockslobbery"?
"Miss Pacman"?

Sirs?

Am I the only one to notice that nearly all of the homoerotic imagery on this blog comes from the same two sources?

The same two men who seem to be very angry about something.

The same two men who seem to take delight in giving orders to other men.

The same two men who post deliberately inflammatory remarks in hopes of generating abusive responses from their fellow men who read this blog.

There's something a little "funny" here.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"The best justice would be for you or your family members to come into contact with the scum you so readily support. '

Sir, scum we support?

You are typical of a certain element in this country. Closing your mind to the rest of the world. Disparaging those that don't agree with your limited view and racist outlook.

We are open minded.

We encourage openmindedness-ness.

In actuality, our stated mission is to teach. To spread righteousness. To support those that lack righteousness and lead them to it.

So, the reality is. We support YOU.

And we don't think you are scum, sir.

We think you are worth supporting.

And teaching.

In this case, justice would be opening your mind.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"now you can delete the truth and censor me you spineless fool. "

Sir, I told you.

If you post as "censored", you will never be censored.

That is the beautiful dichotomy of it.

The irony.

Can you see it?

Do you get it?

You've been asked to "look" and "dress" a certain way, so you can participate in the "man's" game.

It's really your man's game, i admit we are biting it.

But you've played wonderfully.

You are learning.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"There's something a little "funny" here. "

Sir, very little. Minute.

Dave the Wave said...

"The irony."

The only irony is that your apelike mind has figured out how to line up your fat digits on the key board and type.

You use big words to pretend that you are saying anything other than "i hate white people".

And you wonder why racism exists?

censored said...

You are typical of a certain element in this country. Closing your mind to the rest of the world. Disparaging those that don't agree with your limited view and racist outlook.

We are open minded.

We encourage openmindedness-ness.

and you are typical of a certain element...too stupid to defend what is right over your jackass agenda. Again..may the likes of Dukes father come across a member of your family one day...then we will see what lengths your defense will go to.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"and you are typical of a certain element...too stupid to defend what is right over your jackass agenda. Again..may the likes of Dukes father come across a member of your family one day...then we will see what lengths your defense will go to. "

Sir,

i. our agenda is right. Our righteousness negates your unproductive and empy accusation.

ii. Again...you wish what you think is ill will on others (and even use the same one as last time) and bore us with your constant barrage of "sameness".

We get it. You don't like Negroes that fall victim to the ills that white society has lain out like so many bear traps to ensare them and destroy limb or life.

We understand.

Jeez, you made SUCH a big deal about not being able to post.

Yet you generate zero new ideas or inputs. Nothing but the same drippings. Even the same words.

Seriously, the posts of yours that we deleted when you authored them under that unapproved name said EXACTLY the same things as these.

Do you just cut and paste your "insights"?

ZEKE said...

"that I think BOTH of you should be strung up."

I'll get the rope.

Waaaaaaaaaaa...my daddy killed someone over drugs, be open minded he could have made 100 bucks on the deal...waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Gimme 5 minutes alone with young Elijah. Promise he won't annoy another soul.

ZEKE said...

"We get it. You don't like Negroes that fall victim to the ills that white society has lain out like so many bear traps to ensare them and destroy limb or life. "

the only ills laid out for them is allowing them to do what they want.

from there, they do all the damage themselves.

can i get a what what!!!!!!

Martin said...

"You don't like Negroes that fall victim to the ills that white society has lain out like so many bear traps to ensare them and destroy limb or life."

Sir, you are to kind with your forgiveness. I think you could have stopped with "You don't like Negroes," as put forth in many if not all of 'censored's' posts.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Dee? "

Sir, Dee is still around now and again. Posting as "rogslittlesister".

ZEKE said...

""Context is Everything"? Let's look at what you babbled, sir:"

yea, there is some kind of hidden meaning in nois' posts. he is such a deep thinker and magical writer.

you guys are all f'ing clowns.

here's the hidden meaning:

he's an asshole.

And you can put that in ANY context.

am i here yet? said...

Please, help me understand this. I'm new to the blog and I could use some enlightenment.

It seems to me the media was guilty of:
i. As you said, providing this girl of questionable character a public outlet to air her dirty laundry.
ii. Attempting to paint young Elijah with the same brush as a man serving time for 2nd degree murder.

To me (but apparently not Elijah), not being aware of the financial aspects of drug dealing is a forgivable ignorance.

What I am confused about is how this situation should have played out. People of all races have a tendency to believe the simplest story-- its amazing how an undoubtedly complex situation can be summarized by dave the wave as "a drug dealer killing a guy over 100 bucks." So, I agree that people shouldn't judge from a newspaper headline.

But when you write "Reading a headline, "Man Killed over $100 worth of crack", and leaping head first to the conclusion that this was an irrational act," the confusion sets in. Rational murder is just as bad or even worse. Making a $100 profit is good, but never a justification for murder. I know you're not condoning murder and neither is Dukes.

I guess my major question is how flipping $100 on a crack deal illuminate anyone's understanding of the whole picture of Dukes' situation.

Like I said before I am just confused, and didn't mean to criticize a blog.

Thanks

Johnny Cockring said...

"Like I said before I am just confused, and didn't mean to criticize a blog."

Sir, you are far too rational.

Please go watch 'Birth of a Nation' twenty times followed by Dane Cook's stand-up comedy. Then you will be on par with the usual critics of this blog.

I'm not sure what kind of drugs they use but I'm sure if you experiment freely with commercially available inhalants [e.g. Freon] you'll be able to create the same effect as our new friend zeke and his predecessors in interest.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Please, help me understand this."

Sir, would that those readers that come here searching for righteousness started their correspondences with such a plea.

"ii. Attempting to paint young Elijah with the same brush as a man serving time for 2nd degree murder."

We don't believe that was what we intended to convey.

"To me (but apparently not Elijah), not being aware of the financial aspects of drug dealing is a forgivable ignorance."

If being unaware of the economic implications of the "illegal" drug market is deemed to be "forgivable"; we can look forward to NEVER erradicating the negative effects it has on our society.

"Rational murder is just as bad or even worse."

We believe that we are using "rational" and "irrational" in a different context than you, dear reader.

We mentioned that readers might believe it is an irrational "act". We and the readers don't know the circumstances. Was Mr. Dukes father in danger? Could it have been self defense? If so, it might not really have been murder.

"I guess my major question is how flipping $100 on a crack deal illuminate anyone's understanding of the whole picture of Dukes' situation. "

Sir, if you can't understand the ramifications of an individual growing up in a world in which $100 crack deals were the avenue to put food on the table, and a world in which the answer to shady deals going wrong was violence...well, we don't know what to say.

Having parents who both were heavily involved in illegal drugs. Having at least one with a history of high violence. Think that has had any effect on the young Dukes we see today?

"Like I said before I am just confused, and didn't mean to criticize a blog."

We clearly see your confusion. But we respect your seeking righteous clarity from the only real sportsblogging source for such a thing.

And, while you may feel like you have been critical of the blog...you haven't.

The knowledge posted here is relayed from a higher power. Your confusion and critical comments of the blog are actually a subconscious manifestation of what you are truly criticising.

Which is (as any criticism of this blog is) the profound short comings of education in this country and the biased portrayals perpetrated by the white media.

Now that you are armed with that knowledge. We fully support your critical comments.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Dane Cook's stand-up comedy."

Sir, isn't that an oxymoron?

ZEKE said...

"as any criticism of this blog is) the profound short comings of education in this country "


couldnt agree more!

your blog personifies a lousy education!

Johnny Cockring said...

"Sir, isn't that an oxymoron?"

Sir, apologies. Didn't know what else to call it.

The performer's stubborn refusal to don blackface makeup deters me from calling his act a minstrel show.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"The performer's stubborn refusal to don blackface makeup deters me from calling his act a minstrel show. "

Sir, that would be the only thing that might make him watchable...

the butler said...

why do all these people try to use the same phrasing techniques and such as you?

un-original bastards.

Johnny Cockring said...

"why do all these people try to use the same phrasing techniques and such as you?

un-original bastards."


Sir: 'persona'

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"why do all these people try to use the same phrasing techniques and such as you?"

Sir, been awhile.

How goes things?

the butler said...

eh, just waiting for some football. baseball sucks.

...also mourning my man Pacman Jones.

so who are all these tools anyway? Possibly the UNC debate team?

:)

Johnny Cockring said...

"Possibly the UNC debate team?"

everybody here thinks the other guy is the bull in the ring.

only on the internet

the butler said...

I didn't mean you, cockring...

your cool as a fan.

the butler said...

you're

damn. i'm stoned.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"so who are all these tools anyway? Possibly the UNC debate team?"

Sir, I don't know.

We attract the crazies, for sure.

Johnny Cockring said...

"your cool as a fan."

Sir, thanks bruh. that makes me feel prettier than a pair of titties

but i'll admit i'm the top perpetrator of biting NOISb's style on here


bowties and beanpies, rite?

the butler said...

"your blog personifies a lousy education!"

Can a blog actually personify anything? Don't you have to be a person to personify something?

rogismybigbrother said...

Are you fucking serious?

"if people must know... $100 of crack, you can flip that and get $200. You all need to be more open-minded about the situation"

I don't need to be open-minded about shit, that's all I need to know.

We have got to do better.
Dee Dee