I’ve been hearing a lot of rumblings from Black folks that the Clippers should boycott the playoffs in light of Sterlingate. Some are going as far as singling out the players as slaves and that by continuing to be a part of the Clippers organization they are willingly subjecting themselves to the plantation. Newsflash, Black folks: we’re all slaves and are all part of the plantation system and it will be that way until we regain economic autonomy for our community. Blacks don’t ultimately own anything in this world. In fact, Black Americans had more wealth established in our community before integration than now.
Far as I’m concerned, we were better off when we had to have our own shit because we weren’t allowed to be shareholders in the White Supremacist system. The whole of the NBA is the plantation, the whole of America, and the world at large. There isn’t an inch of this globe that hasn’t been tainted by colonialism. Even when we Blacks make real money in this world, it’s because the White man gives us the green light. We’ll never be free as long as we are subservient to the charity of someone else. So once again we hope that Adam Silver, the current White NBA commissioner, finds it in his heart to do what is right so that we can sleep a bit easier at night. But what does this solve? The only reason Sterling is being outed is because this recording has gone viral. How many other NBA owners feel the exact same way about Blacks but we don’t have the tape, yeah I said tape, to prove it?
This isn’t the first evidence of Sterling’s racist agenda. He’s been brought up on charges of discrimination in 2005 and 2009 for his refusal to rent properties to Blacks and other people of color. Or how about when NBA Hall of Famer and former Clippers manager, Elgin Baylor, sued Sterling for wrongful termination and discrimination in 2009?
“Because of the Clippers unwillingness to fairly compensate African-American players we lost a lot of good talent, including Danny Manning, Charles Smith, Michael Cage, Ron Harper, Dominique Wilkins, Corey Maggette and others… players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that Donald Sterling would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, ‘Look at those beautiful black bodies.’ I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room.”
— Elgin Baylor
Crystal Ball Colon Makes an Ass out of Christ
A proper distinction must be made between bigotry and racism. Bigotry is a hatred or intolerance one has for others based on culture, sex, or beliefs, but racism is having the power to discriminate based on that hatred. Racism isn’t about how you feel about another individual, racism is establishing the authority to influence the outcome of another’s trajectory based on how you feel about them. In theory, anyone can be racist, but in practice, there is only one known system of racism and that is White Supremacy. It was White Supremacists who invented the concept of race as a means of controlling people of color all over the world. They made God a man and made him White, which de facto means anyone who is not White is not of God. This gave license to thugs like Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) to rape, kill and enslave anyone who didn’t pass the skin color test.
Black people are summarily being written out of their own history. They wrote Black people out of Ragtime and called it Jazz. They wrote Black people out of the Blues and called it Rock and Roll. They took Hiphop and twerking and didn’t even bother to change the name. Last year, for the first time in Billboard music history, no Black artist had a number one pop single. It’s gotten so that Whites do Black music better than us, and if we’re not careful, it’s only a matter of time before the same happens in basketball.
“As long as Blacks play the role of workhorse, they will never own the stable.”
— Nicholas Payton
Penalizing the players who’ve worked hard most of their lives to get into the playoffs won’t solve anything. If it is proven that this is Sterling making those statements on that tape, I think the NBA needs to revoke his rights from being able own a team in the league, but this only deals with the surface. The underlying issue is that as long as Black people don’t establish economic and political independence for themselves, they’ll always be beholden to the White man for their freedom.
Black people have no collective memory of who they were before they were slaves to the system. Our story doesn’t begin with colonization. When it was the Dark Ages for Europe, many parts of what is now known as Africa were in the midst of their Golden Ages. The extent of Black history is not that we come from meager beginnings or that we are predisposed to oppression. Europeans have since reestablished (and embellished) their intellectual and cultural history, when will Black people do the same for themselves, sans embellishment and colonialism?
That is the ultimate goal.
— Nicholas Payton aka The Creator of #BAM