“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”—
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
When you’re a public figure, there are rules. Here’s one: A public personality can be black, talented, or arrogant, but he can’t be any more than two of these traits at a time. It’s why antics and soundbites from guys like Brett Favre, Johnny Football and Bryce Harper seem almost hyper-American, capable of capturing the country’s imagination, but black superstars like Richard Sherman, Floyd Mayweather, and Cam Newton are seen as polarizing, as selfish, as glory boys, as distasteful and perhaps offensive.
It’s why we recoil at Kanye West’s rants, like when West, one of the greatest musical minds of our generation, had the audacity to publicly declare himself a genius (was this up for debate?), and partly why, over the six years of Barack Obama’s presidency, a noisy, obstreperous wing of the GOP has seemed perpetually on the cusp of calling him “uppity.” Barry Bonds at his peak was black, talented, and arrogant; he was a problem for America. Joe Louis was black, talented, and at least outwardly humble; he was “a credit to his race, the human race,” as Jimmy Cannon once wrote.
All this is based on the common, very American belief that black males must know their place, and more tellingly, that their place is somewhere different than that of whites. It’s been etched into our cultural fabric that to act as anything but a loud, yet harmless buffoon or an immensely powerful, yet humble servant is overstepping. It’s uppity. It is, as Fox Sports’s Kayla Knapp tweeted last night, petrifying.
I’m late boots but I just watched dark girls - the documentary that was supposed to focus on dark skint womyn but actually pussy popped around the world to include all dark skin womyn period - in all places - while still giving a brief history of colonization in america and then just going out…
gotta love marf for always putting her thinking cap on.
“If you love someone, you tell them. Even if you’re scared that it’s not the right thing. Even if you’re scared that it’ll cause problems. Even if you’re scared that it will burn your life to the ground, you say it, and you say it loud and you go from there.”—Mark Sloan - 'Remember the Time' (Season 9, Episode 2) (via greys-anatomy-quotes)
“Rap is also a huge game of conditioning. Wayne said, “I’m the best rapper alive.” Now, all of a sudden, for two and a half years, he’s the best rapper alive. T.I. says he’s the King Of The South; T.I. is the King Of The South. You can condition listeners if the intent is there in your voice and it’s genuine. When both those statements were made, I felt like those guys were on top of their game and could have picked any title they wanted and they picked what they picked. For me, “Forever” was a moment that we’ll talk about it again in five years when I’ve proven that statement, which I work towards every day.”—Drake
Regardless of what you believe, or how you live your life, I welcome you to watch this series. I’ve been a Christian for most of my life (and Christians have annoyed me for most of my life lol) and this series (now in it’s third week) is helping me see Jesus in a ways I didn’t see before.