I have been a sports fan for a long time. I have loved it and pro sports has brought a lot of enjoyment into my life. I admire the athleticism and grace of the athletes. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to admire youth more and more and pro sports is a celebration and display of the blessing of youth, strength, good health and a competitive spirit. I’ve looked up to pro athletes for years and they’ve been heroes to me.
But it’s not only important to have a strong body and have physical gifts. You also need to have a strong mind, spirit and sense of self. I’m not sure that most pro athletes have that. Recently the significant other of a man that plays for the San Die…I mean LA Chargers posted a video of herself, her baby daddy Jaheel Addae, some other Black NFL players and their non Black significant others at dinner making a toast to light skinned babies.
There is something creepy and sinister about a blonde haired, blue eyed woman making a toast to eugenics and promoting social engineering. It was like we were getting an inside look at a Hitler youth meeting that Black men were allowed to join due to their annual earnings after taking a pledge of allegiance to White supremacy and it’s standards of beauty.
I am a dark skinned, Black woman that is forty four years old, never married and without children. A lot of people are going to belittle what I am saying and write it off as jealousy and bitterness. That’s usually what happens when dark skinned Black women try to speak out against being belittled as women or question European features being put on a pedestal. But I am not jealous nor am I bitter. But I am questioning if I should invest in an institution that is made of men that devalues Black people and run by people that seem to be using it as a vehicle to assert White standards of feminine beauty.
I feel the need to say that I am not against inter racial dating, marriage or mixed race children. The United States is an ethnically diverse country and friendships and romantic relationships are bound to happen in this day and age. Great. The strange thing is the way that these relationships get glorified and glamorized at the same time that Black women with two Black parents are often put down and degraded.
I’m not really surprised by the toast that was made and broadcast over Snapchat because I’ve always known that light skin, so called good hair and White features have been esteemed among Blacks for centuries. I just never knew how much it was valued and how much Black women that look Black were vilified until social media became such a presence. I’ve come to see what so many people really think.
I also think it’s very strange that this woman posted that video on Snapchat. I think it was very bold and it seems hard to believe that she and her baby daddy wouldn’t know that the toast would rub some people the wrong way. This came after a Chicago Bears player proposed to his White, fair haired girlfriend and then old tweets of hers became public. She made some rude remarks about race and she said that she loves to see Black men with White women and Black women with White men because she knows they will have cute children. This type of thinking has always made my flesh crawl.
The player that verbally made the toast didn’t say cheers to the lovely ladies in our company or cheers to true love and happiness or prosperous families. He said cheers to being light skinned, the closest thing to White we’re ever going to get. That’s it. They were celebrating being welcomed into White society and leaving Blackness behind.
Visualize White football players taping a similar toast. Everyone would question if they were a part of the Alt Right. These young Black men are pretty much a part of the Alt Right whether they realize it or not.
If you think a person with one White parent and one Black parent is more attractive than a person with two Black parents then you probably think a person with two White parents is superior to everyone. That is racism in a nutshell folks. And the NFL has been feeding us images of men of African descent putting fair hair White women on a pedestal for decades now.
As time goes on I think that fewer things are organic and most things in the media, even social media are intentional and put in front of the public in order to manipulate the masses. That’s especially true when you’re talking about a money making juggernaut such as the NFL.
It’s not hard to see that the NFL uses their space in American culture to promote certain agendas. It’s also clear that they pander to a White audience. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think that they would want to reach out to White women in a way so they feel as if they have a place in the NFL. This may seem far out to some of you but when I look at the media and other sources of information and apply some objective and critical thought it’s amazing to me how White people affirm themselves.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Europeans do not tolerate not being the center of, well everything. Even if something markets itself as a Black organization or event they end up putting a White or at least the Whitest, non Black American face to it that they can find. If the majority of Black ball players were married to wholesome Black women and created wholesome Black families I have a feeling some White people may resent the NFL and see it as a vehicle for Black prosperity. White people have a history of destroying anything that brings about Black affluence. If you don’t believe me search Rosewood, Florida, Black Wall Street or even labor unions.
I’m not even angry at the young men that made that toast to light skinned kids on Snapchat or the Bears player that proposed to the borderline racist woman on the field after winning a game that sent them to the Playoffs. I’m really just embarrassed for them. They are brawn and no brains, heart or pride. They are puppets desperately trying to gain acceptance from mainstream culture. It’s very sad to watch.
It’s like when you see someone doing something to make themselves look foolish and every knows they are being foolish except them and it’s hard to look them in the eye. The kindest thing to do is to look away and act like you don’t see what’s going on. That’s what I may have to do with the NFL which is sad because we have had some great times and I thought I would always be a fan. I’ve stood by the NFL through a lot but this is a bit too much to bear.