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hermhater
10-24-2007, 10:25 PM
Misguided Blame: Hip Hop And Athletes

PHILADELPHIA -- The next time some misguided, ill-informed pundit, talking head or basically any one on FOX (Jason Whitlock) gets on TV and blames hip-hop culture for the all the ills facing the Black community or in the sports world, Iíll have one thing to say before I press the next channel of my remote control: STOP!

In a recent article on FOX Sports.com, entitled: "Hip Hop Culture Hurting NFL," that scriber of opinionated, misinformed nonsense from Kansas City -- Jason Whitlock -- blames "hip-hop" culture for the behavior of Black athletes in the NFL.
In his article he writes, "African-American football players caught up in the rebellion and buffoonery of hip hop culture have given NFL owners and coaches a justifiable reason to whiten their rosters. That will be the legacy left by Chad, Larry and Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, Terrell Owens, Michael Vick and all the other football bojanglers."
Throughout the entirety of the article, Whitlock rants about the abhorrent behavior of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Lewis and Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. He writes, "Hip hop is the dominant culture for black youth. In general, music, especially hip hop music, is rebellious for no good reason other than to make money. Rappers and rockers are not trying to fix problems. They create problems for attention."
That's the closest thing youíll see to any kind of evidence linking hip-hop culture to the knucklehead behavior of some of our Black athletes. That's like saying the reason why there is crime in America because people watch too much TV or movies. It's utter nonsense.

Buffoonish and boorish behavior by athletes, regardless of race, in the NFL or any other sports league, has been going on long before hip-hop hit the world in the early 1980s.

Wasn't former Dallas Cowboys receiver Lance Rentzel arrested for exposing himself to a little girl back in 1970? He was traded to the San Diego Chargers and still played for a year or so.

Did listening to Jim Morrison and the Doors cause that? Morrison did expose himself at a concert in Florida around that time.
I guess Whitlock can put that on hip-hop, too.

Hip-hop, like the term "liberal" in the political world, is a buzz-word been misused by attention-seeking Black conservatives like Whitlock and others as a shortcut to absolve responsibility from the larger entities in the sports-industrial complex that contribute to the foolish behavior. Demonizing urban youth culture makes for a better

The constant blaming of hip-hop for the ills of Black world, the sports world or for society's neglect of the structural inequities that exist in this society is not only disingenuous, but intellectually dishonest and morally bankrupt.

When you break it all down, it is downright hypocritical, especially when you look at the complete world of sports. Itís the system of athletics itself that creates the knucklehead monsters Whitlock rails about.

From the moment we find out that little Johnny Boy can slam dunk a basketball or has 4.2 speed in the 40-yard dash, he is separated from the rest of the world and courted with special treatment.
Everyone from coaches, parents, and even some media outlets have placed this young man on a pedestal, "He's the Next Big Thing.Ē There are suburban newspapers throughout the country that put the photographs of kids as young as six-years-old in their newspapers when they start playing pee-wee league.

It makes parents happy, but it plants the seed for these kids to have a false sense of entitlement as they mature. Hip-Hop has nothing to do with that.
So what if he doesnít get good grades in school, the coaches and other enablers will either overlook it or worst yet, create some fake prep school or academy and inflate their grades to get into some Div. I program. Last March, the NCAA passed legislation to crack down on the diploma mills that are designed to make these kids eligible for college.
Hip-Hop culture has nothing to do with that.
When they get to ď Bigtime StateĒ U, they are treated like gods by fans and boosters even though they can barely read or write. They come in with a sense of entitlement. They get money from boosters and expect their grades to be fixed because theyíre making millions of dollars for the University.
Some universities like the University of Colorado back in the late 1990s would go as far as providing a sexual escort service for potential recruits. Recruits were taken to strip clubs and oh by the way, the rapes of several young women were overlooked in the process. Again, thatís not from hip-hop culture.
Consider the case of former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett, who told ESPN the Magazine that he was given money and cars and phony landscaping jobs he didnít have to show up for. Additionally, he was placed in courses where professor passed him whether attended classes or not.

Former Maryland running back Sammy Maldonado, who transferred from Ohio State, confirmed Clarett's story when he said that most of his transcripts werenít accepted by the University of Maryland.

Athletes get all the preferential treatment and are separated from the rest of the student population. The implications of this for African-American athletes are enormous.
Some of these dislocated brothers walk around believing they are exempt from the racism that affects the rest of the African-American student populace because they are athletes and the white boosters and athletic supporters who slip money into their pockets are looking out for them.
About 10 years ago, a former Maryland classmate of mine who played on the football team told me he had no idea that regular Black students were facing racism on campus. Thatís an example of the cultural dislocation.

In many instances the bad, dysfunctional behavior of these young men are overlooked because theyíre averaging 150 yards per game with two TDs. Look at how many times the abusive behavior of Lawrence Phillips was overlooked by Nebraska because of his football prowess.
And so when these guys get to the pros, youíre going to get those guys who think they are above the law and who allow their success and money to go to their heads.

Throw in those ESPN SportsCenter highlights that shows Chad Johnsonís self-promotion 10 times a day and actually produces commercials (that pays the athlete and encourages more buffoonery) from them, you have what you have. You can't put that on hip-hop culture.
One final point, Pac-Man Jones, Tank Johnson, Chad Johnson and others are just a very small percentage of Black athletes who behave badly. It is not the norm. Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a boom box in his locker and plays hip-hop music.

He was recently honored by Philadelphia Mayor John Street for his charitable work. You donít see his name on anybodyís police blotter.

The irony of all the hate on hip-hip is that the sports leagues have used hip-hop music and culture as a part of their marketing schemes to promote the game. Go to any NFL stadium before the game and youíll hear hip-hop blaring over the public address system.
Whitlock is right about one thing it is a cultural problem. Itís not hip-hop, it's the culture of the sports industrial complex.


http://www.blackathlete.net/artman2/publish/Commentary_1/Misguided_Blame_Hip_Hop_And_Athletes.shtml


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hermhater
10-24-2007, 10:26 PM
Hey mods. I meant to put this in the Locker Room. Could someone move it for me? :sign0104:

Chiefster
10-24-2007, 11:59 PM
Hey mods. I meant to put this in the Locker Room. Could someone move it for me? :sign0104:

Consider it done! :)

hermhater
10-25-2007, 12:01 AM
Consider it done! :)

Danke schoen!

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 12:43 AM
Danke schoen!



You misspelled "Donky". :D

hermhater
10-25-2007, 12:47 AM
Danke schoen!


You misspelled "Donky". :D

I assume you misspelled Donkey to mock me, but just in case!

My bad!

Donkey Sh!ts!

That is what all the other dudes in Germany said anyway!

:lol:

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 01:03 AM
I assume you misspelled Donkey to mock me, but just in case!

My bad!

Donkey Sh!ts!

That is what all the other dudes in Germany said anyway!

:lol:

No actually I misspelled Donkey 'cause I'm using IE right now and didn't catch the typo. :lol:

hermhater
10-25-2007, 01:05 AM
No actually I misspelled Donkey 'cause I'm using IE right now and didn't catch the typo. :lol:

Ok then, your bad!

:lol:

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 01:13 AM
Ok then, your bad!

:lol:

Yup; I always take responsibility for my mistakes.

hermhater
10-25-2007, 01:14 AM
Yup; I always take responsibility for my mistakes.

I noticed that before I even started posting screenshots of hilarity on this site!

My GF has told about 10 people about the Crowd since she started her new job, and a few of them have commented on the site.

No negatives yet, so we must be doing something right!
:sign0098:

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 01:22 AM
I noticed that before I even started posting screenshots of hilarity on this site!

My GF has told about 10 people about the Crowd since she started her new job, and a few of them have commented on the site.

No negatives yet, so we must be doing something right!
:sign0098:

Agreed, and quality members such as yourself make it possible. :)

anaeelbackwards
10-25-2007, 01:41 AM
I noticed that before I even started posting screenshots of hilarity on this site!

My GF has told about 10 people about the Crowd since she started her new job, and a few of them have commented on the site.

No negatives yet, so we must be doing something right!
:sign0098:

without your help my friend, i would of never figured out how to "post a screen shot!" :sign0104:

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 01:44 AM
without your help my friend, i would of never figured out how to "post a screen shot!" :sign0104:

Those are easy.

hermhater
10-25-2007, 01:44 AM
without your help my friend, i would of never figured out how to "post a screen shot!" :sign0104:

I am glad I could help you learn the ways of the light side of the force!

Seriously, being able to capture what is on your screen will help any tech, and user, get their problem diagnosed!

And you can make fun of people with it too!

:lol:

hermhater
10-25-2007, 01:47 AM
without your help my friend, i would of never figured out how to "post a screen shot!" :sign0104:


Those are easy.


Anything that doesn't require swinging a 20 pound sledge hammer to bury a 6' foot grounding rod into the stony earth of Europe is easy!

Posting screen shots, with the right instruction, is a breeze!

Show us your (oYo)'s!

:lol:

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 01:47 AM
I am glad I could help you learn the ways of the light side of the force!

Seriously, being able to capture what is on your screen will help any tech, and user, get their problem diagnosed!

And you can make fun of people with it too!

:lol:

...And here I thought the latter was the only reason for doing so.

hermhater
10-25-2007, 01:49 AM
...And here I thought the latter was the only reason for doing so.

The first thing I teach a customer is how to take a screenshot.

It saves them money, and makes my job SO much easier!

:D

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 01:52 AM
The first thing I teach a customer is how to take a screenshot.

It saves them money, and makes my job SO much easier!

:D

Yeah, I wish I was a techy. :)

anaeelbackwards
10-25-2007, 01:57 AM
Yeah, I wish I was a techy. :)

im not techy at all. all i do is chat on IM, read up some stats and am able to type 50 gazillion words a minute. lol

uh wait........ is techy a word now chiefster? :drunkhb:

hermhater
10-25-2007, 02:02 AM
Yeah, I wish I was a techy. :)


im not techy at all. all i do is chat on IM, read up some stats and am able to type 50 gazillion words a minute. lol

uh wait........ is techy a word now chiefster? :drunkhb:

He has already taken his B.

He is groggy and has been using IE all night.

That results in poor judgment in spelling!

Caught him with Donky already!

GO CHIEFS!!!!!

And Leeana's typing fingers!!!!

:sign0098:

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 02:06 AM
He has already taken his B.

He is groggy and has been using IE all night.

That results in poor judgment in spelling!

Caught him with Donky already!

GO CHIEFS!!!!!

And Leeana's typing fingers!!!!

:sign0098:

Nah; I'm just a lousy speller. :D

hermhater
10-25-2007, 02:10 AM
Nah; I'm just a lousy speller. :D

You are obviously able to read very well, because you can respond to a post at light speed!

As an afterthought...

Scientists have recently discovered that the speed of light is no longer the "Constant" in Einsteins theory of relativity.

Turns out there are things that can travel faster than light.

Sorry to kill the thread, but I thought that was pretty interesting.

Like finding out the Earth is round, instead of flat!

Newton is laughing in his grave!

:sign0098::lol: :D

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 02:17 AM
You are obviously able to read very well, because you can respond to a post at light speed!

As an afterthought...

Scientists have recently discovered that the speed of light is no longer the "Constant" in Einsteins theory of relativity.

Turns out there are things that can travel faster than light.

Sorry to kill the thread, but I thought that was pretty interesting.

Like finding out the Earth is round, instead of flat!

Newton is laughing in his grave!

:sign0098::lol: :D

That's ok; the thread was on life support anyway - consider it a mercy killing.

Actually, I think I read somewhere that scientists now believe that the earth is now more of a slight oval.

anaeelbackwards
10-25-2007, 02:25 AM
He has already taken his B.

He is groggy and has been using IE all night.

That results in poor judgment in spelling!

Caught him with Donky already!

GO CHIEFS!!!!!

And Leeana's typing fingers!!!!

:sign0098:



my fingers are gold. hah :yahoo:

YouTube - Spirit Finger

hermhater
10-25-2007, 02:28 AM
my fingers are gold. hah :yahoo:

YouTube - Spirit Finger (http://youtube.com/watch?v=YDbnkfHtD_E)

Where in the he|| did you find that?

You are a freak girly!

:lol: :bananen_smilies046:

anaeelbackwards
10-25-2007, 02:31 AM
Where in the he|| did you find that?

You are a freak girly!

:lol: :bananen_smilies046:

hahahahaha... youtube has everything you can think of. lol and well i guess its a compliment to be told that im a freak. hah. thanks! lol :drunkhb:

hermhater
10-25-2007, 02:36 AM
hahahahaha... youtube has everything you can think of. lol and well i guess its a compliment to be told that im a freak. hah. thanks! lol :drunkhb:

It is a a compliment!

Who wants someone who can't make them laugh?

That is a boring union!

:D

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 02:55 AM
my fingers are gold. hah :yahoo:

YouTube - Spirit Finger (http://youtube.com/watch?v=YDbnkfHtD_E)


Yikes!

hermhater
10-25-2007, 02:59 AM
Yikes!


Was I supposed to respond to this?

I wasn't sure, so I went ahead and did it anyway.

:wheelchair:

Guru
10-25-2007, 03:08 AM
No actually I misspelled Donkey 'cause I'm using IE right now and didn't catch the typo. :lol:
Some people never learn.

Chiefster
10-25-2007, 03:18 AM
Some people never learn.

...And, I am one of those people.

Canada
10-25-2007, 07:48 PM
You are obviously able to read very well, because you can respond to a post at light speed!

As an afterthought...

Scientists have recently discovered that the speed of light is no longer the "Constant" in Einsteins theory of relativity.

Turns out there are things that can travel faster than light.

Sorry to kill the thread, but I thought that was pretty interesting.

Like finding out the Earth is round, instead of flat!

Newton is laughing in his grave!

:sign0098::lol: :D

I can think of two things....DBowe and me chugging a beer!! :drunkhb:

hermhater
10-25-2007, 08:17 PM
I can think of two things....DBowe and me chugging a beer!! :drunkhb:

YouTube - Beer chugging