But, what if it were taken away? What if, as a Negro, the highly paid athlete found himself stripped of his earnings. His mansion and vehicles taken away. The special consideration and treatment no longer lavished upon him. What if the powers that be that run the plantation and grant the athlete these things decided they no longer could stand the Negro athlete's success and fortune? What if?
Certainly, living in these forcibly United States, we are all aware of horror stories of wealthy and adored Negro athletes losing it all at the capricious (some might say sadistic) whim of those living in the 'big house'.
The notion of a wealthy, Negro athlete waking up one day to find his fame and fortune gone is not so far fetched. We have even recently seen examples of such athletes waking up to not only find their careers snatched from their grips, but they have even found this practice taken a step further: to incarceration. (see the tragic tale of Michael Vick's career snatching).
So, how does an athlete prepare to support himself and his family when the inevitable happens?
Certainly there are many ways. But, perhaps, Kevin Garnett has the safest, most effective way to ensure future employment:
"I'm probably the best at cleaning," he said. "I'm probably one of the cleanest people you've met in your life. I take a lot of pride in that. I know how to vacuum, I know how to mop, clean the kitchen, clean the dishes. I'm cold at that."
Clearly, Garnett lives his dream life with an eye towards reality. As a Negro in these forcibly United States, Garnett knows that he is living on borrowed time. He knows that at any moment he might get a knock on his door from agents of the government to tell him to leave with them because he is guilty.
He knows that when that day comes, all that will be left to ensure his subsistence will be to clean up after the dirty devil that layed in wait to take it all away.
But, as we contemplate what the future holds for this generation of wealthy Negro athlete...and as we contemplate when the agents of evil will attempt to take back what these Negroes have earned:
We must remember the righteous words:
Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
And, lo though the Negro athlete may be held in cells or handed a cleaning mop; only the most Blessed and most close to the Righteous Power on High could ever clean up the mess that the white devil has made of these forcibly United States.
Yes, we can change.
Do you see it?