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Did the NBA give Michael Jordan special treatment because they wanted a black star?

Did the NBA give Michael Jordan special treatment because they wanted a black star?

I had thought we put this whole race thing behind us when Barrack Obama was elected President of the United States, but apparently the topic refuses to die.  Race is obviously a very important topic to me as my own father marched with King when he was in Chicago.   Unfortunately, despite all the progress that has been made in the area, we still have people like Attorney General Eric Holder who refuse to let it go.  According to a speech Holder gave yesterday that “we are a nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing the “awkward and painful” subject of race relations in our country.

Like many of my colleagues on the right, I take umbrage at what Mr. Holder says.  I have always been forthright about race relations and I stood up to the principal of my high school when he refused to let the school newspaper run the article I wrote about the only reason Michael Jordan was getting so much attention was because the NBA wanted a black star.  Nobody in this country knows more about racism than white people do.  We first came to this country in 1492, while African-Americans didn’t start making the journey in large numbers for nearly 200 years.  That meant that we had time to establish the beginnings of American civilization before adding another race into the mix.  That allows us to see the issue of race with greater clarity. And let me say that we white people are not cowardly.

It was none other than former Republican Senator George Allen who spoke at the Capital Hill Club (An integrated club I might add) today and said, “I grew up in a football family.  In sports, what you have is a level playing field…you don’t care about race, all you care about is who can help you win.  Team America has to have that competitive spirit!”  I believe the Republican party is the steroids that can help take us to the next level.  African-Americans need to look at why they’re so accepted in sports and entertainment and then try to apply those qualities to other areas of life.  Perhaps, a friendly game of basketball or a musical number could be the key to that next promotion.

What white America is concerned about is the Department of Justice.  Under President Bush, the department has spent the last 8 years protecting conservative values and made fighting voter fraud a top priority.  This approach led to an astounding 13 convictions in just 8 years of time.  Now Holder is talking about using the Department of Justice to “lead the nation to the new birth of freedom so long ago promised by our greatest President.”  I have a feeling that Reagan may have been taken out of context, but regardless that kind of talk is frightening.   Fox News’ Megyn Kelly rightfully says, “that strikes fear down the spines of many conservatives in this country.”

Like many conservatives, she fears that Obama will bring us back to the time when decisions like Brown vs. the Board of Education put the federal government into states rights issues.  If every perceived slight or systematic segregation leads to a Department of Justice lawsuit, where will we be.  As the lovely Miss Kelly put it, “a lot of us thought that the Bush Justice Department sort of got us back to the point where we were being reasonable.”  I couldn’t agree more.  It doesn’t matter where you’re sitting on this bus, we’re all going to the same place.

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Written by thatsrightnate

February 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

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