I’ve noticed a trend sparked by reading my local newspaper each morning. It has to do with race. As I read through section 2, the local news, every black person pictured in that section of the newspaper is either a suspect in a crime or has been sentenced for a crime. Occasionally black kids are presented in a school setting, but adult blacks are pictured in a crime scenario.
Then I open section 3- the sports page. Black athletes dominate this section. They are heroes. They are the superstars, the top athletes of our nation. Last weekend my grandson and I watched the NCAA basketball tournament and, in one game, 9 of the 10 starters were black. As the camera panned the students from these schools, they were all white.
Does this suggest that white America only values blacks as athletes? Further, do young black males understand this subtle truth and, as a result, is this why many black kids say that, when they grow up, they want to be professional athletes? Is that their only pass into white America?
It seems to me that black males in their 20’s can be found in 3 primary locations: prison, on the streets or on a sports team. I’m betting that old, right- wing white men are happy about two of these realities. Of course, during the Reagan administration, conservatives found a way to incarcerate and remove from society blacks caught with crack. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 imposed a 100:1 penalty for crack possession over powdered cocaine. Black v. White sentencing.
Many conservative whites have abandoned the city and prefer the suburbs. In fact, many never enter the central city. So why, then, are they so dedicated to keeping blacks in prison? Is it all about ethnic cleansing? If black males are incarcerated then they can’t breed. Is this their plan? Their hope?
Except for those superstars in the NBA, NFL and on the diamond, of what use are blacks? And with this type of thinking, is there any hope for the black population of America?