There’s been a lot of controversy about tennis player Serena Williams getting engaged to a white man recently. Her fiancée is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. There’s been a lot of talk in black media about this. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal at first. At least to me. Serena had dated rapper Common for many years. And most recently she dated biracial rapper Drake. But I wasn’t really shocked because she and her sister Venus have dated white men before.
Here’s Serena with ex boyfriend Brett Ratner. He’s a film director and not a very good one at that.
Serena also dated her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Here’s an interesting video(above) by Rashida Strober. She gives a good commentary on why Serena may have gotten with a white man. This is has been a subject on the minds of many black people. Did Serena just give up on black love? Is she just a bed wench?
Last Saturday I heard the news that MMA fighter Anderson Silva lost his title. He lost to some guy named Chris Weidman. I’m not very familiar with him but I’m sure he will be marketed as “the great White Hope”. Anyone that follows MMA fighting knows that Silva will go down as one of the greats. His record is (33-5,16-1). In my opinion he is the greatest UFC champion of all time(bar none). But that’s not enough for some guys.Many of the guys at my job were quite elated at his lost. They seem to take a lot of pride in his loss. I noticed that none of the guys were black by the way. As a matter of fact,they were all white or Mexican men. They were in the break room hooting and hollering about how great it was that Anderson had lost. Many of them said he was a showboat and deserved to lose. They claim he was a show-off and had it coming. The more I thought about it I asked myself: “Why do they always root against the black man?” The obvious answer is that people tend to root for those of the same culture and heritage. You identify with those most similar to yourself. That’s true to a large extent. So it should be no surprise that blacks root for the black man in boxing matches. And Mexicans do the same thing. And of course white men always go for the white man in just about any sporting event. But it goes deeper than that. I think it has a lot to do with power identification. In a system of white supremacy, the white man dominates in politics,media,education,war and economics. That makes the white man the KING in a white dominated society. But in the sporting world it’s a bit different. I’m not talking about team sports like football,basketball and baseball. I’m talking about sports like boxing and MMA/UFC fights. Sports where it’s just one on one. There’s no knives,guns,nuclear weapons or outside interference. This is where the black man is KING. In boxing/MMA fighting black men are the best. I even had a white co worker once tell me that black athletes tend to be faster,stronger,jump higher and more skilled. This is what many people call an “open secret”. In many ways Anderson Silva reminds me of a young Muhammad Ali.
Ali used to predict when he would knock his opponent out and then went out and did it. The mainstream media couldn’t stand it! Black men are not supposed to have any pride,dignity and self respect in a system of white supremacy. The white man is supposed to be seen as God, so anytime a black man is champion it’s a threat to the establishment. Or at least a perceived threat in their minds. That’s why they didn’t like when Ali spoke out about the Vietnam war. And they stripped his title from him. Of course he later won it right back. But the fact is that since black men are seen as “naturally” better athletes their non black opponents are the under dogs. I noticed this because my Mexican co workers always root against whoever the black men fights in boxing matches. I know that many of them are Manny Pacquiao fans. They have told me many times they believe that Floyd Mayweather is afraid of him. Mayweahther is another one they say is too brash and bold. He needs to be put in check.
Ali was sent to jail right? And Mayweather was sent to jail as well. Hmmmmmmm……am I seeing a pattern? Is the black man punished for not bowing down to the white man? Maybe so. But the reality is that this hatred from non black sports fans is too blatant to ignore anymore. I have challenged many white/Hispanic co workers on their obvious bias. And I can handle my own in debates. I don’t back down from ANYONE.I think it’s important to start calling these racist hateful bigots. They fear BLACK strength. They fear BLACK intelligence. They fear BLACK dominance. Basically they fear BLACK POWER. And so anytime a black man is seen as a champion it empowers the mind of the black masses. It makes black people see themselves as kings and queens and in a different light. It can change the consciousness of a people. This is a big no-no in a system of white supremacy. This is why I think Anderson Silva had to lose. He couldn’t be allowed to retire on top. He had to be knocked out and by a white man no less. Was the fight fixed? Some think so. Cree7 has a great theory on her blog. She says:
“Silva had a couple of choices last night: 1) throw the fight as “asked,” or 2) anger Dana White’s mafia thereby putting God-knows-what and God-knows-who at risk and being forced into fights with little notice, enduring “accidents” by training partners, being tasked with super-fights in which he would have to lose weight, then gain weight, etc..
And, all the while, having to cap his testosterone so as to not offend white guys. He chose #1. And, he did it in such a fashion so as to deprive white men of chest-thumping while, at the same time, protesting that he had to make that choice. His corner men were visibly concerned and confused at Silva’s agitated behavior between the first and second round. This was not the man they knew.
After Weidman obliged Silva’s repeated invitations to knock him out, Silva said he had no desire to fight for the championship. No desire to be premier exhibit of big-game being taken down by the white hunter. This was Silva’s way out—five years later than when he’d first announced it. Dana White, UFC president and spokesman, said he has other plans for Silva. Anderson Silva is TIRED.”
I think we can all relate to being tired. And I think Cree makes some excellent points. We’re all tired of this racist and hypocritical system. I’m not angry anymore at these non black fans who root against black athletes. I’ve seen it from Filipinos,Koreans,Mexicans,Cubans,Puerto Ricans etc. They ALL do it. Don’t give me that we are all “people of color” nonsense. I used to believe in that. Not anymore though. After reading the comments from racist sports fans on different blogs–I have seen the “light”. They believe the black man should be on the bottom rung of society. And a black champion of any kind threatens that anti-blackness belief system. Same goes for why white fans root against Venus and Serena Williams. Even when they play against white girls from foreign countries. The motto in AmeriKKKa is to “always root against the N****r”. From now on I will take it as a compliment when they root against us. We are such talented and gifted athletes they have to create fictional champions because they don’t exist in real life.
How many Rocky films have been made?lol
Rooting for Rocky is like pulling for Bugs Bunny.Or Tweety Bird or Bart Simpson!lol You can keep Rocky Balboa. I’ll take Anderson Silva any day.
Let me say that I don’t really watch the Olympics much. I see the whole thing as some type of weird ritual that everyone from around the world participates in. It’s a sporting event for the elite to have bragging rights about who has the best athletes. I do enjoy sports from time to time.I watched it more as a kid but I have more things I’m interested in as an adult. Having said that,I saw something very strange a few days ago. After Serena Williams won her match she began Crip walking! I saw footage of it on the news. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I really don’t think this was something you want to do in front of the world. I know she’s from Compton and she may have grown up doing it as a kid as a fun dance. But I see it as glorifying a lifestyle that kills thousands of black people in inner cities around this country. Also remember Serena’s sister was killed a few years ago in a violent crime. I don’t think Crip walking for the world to see is how black people want to present themselves to billions around the world.
Don’t get me wrong,I think Venus and Serena are great athletes. They’re beautiful sistas. I’ve rooted for them many times during their matches. They’ve broken countless records. And have been great role models for little black girls who may want to take up tennis. I just think this was a major misstep. The ghetto culture is not something we as black people should glorify. I’m cool with expressing a pride in being of African descent or black heritage here in America. But it should be something that you can be proud of. Not a dance that’s popular by gang members that terrorize black neighborhoods. When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black fists at the Olympics in 1968—that was a moment of protest. Those brothers were making a statement on the bigotry,racism and oppression that black people were going through(and still are). I commend those brothers for not being afraid of the backlash they would get for doing this act.But look how far we’ve fallen. From speaking out against oppression to Crip walking?? Black people have to remember that when you’re on the stage for the world to see–you’re representing the black collective. It’s not just about YOU. I know there are those who will say “Serena was just repping for her Compton culture.” There’s a lot of different ways you can represent for your city,state or country. I don’t think Malcolm X,Huey Newton,Rosa Parks or Marcus Garvey fought and died for our people–just so we can Crip walk for the world to see. We got to do better.