Monday, April 28, 2014
DONALD STERLING HATES BLACK PEOPLE, SO?
America, America, my America, our America, BUT unfortunately, it is their America! A good country which would otherwise have been better and greater BUT FOR its racist tendencies. Icheoku says the mind-numbing thing about the unfolding scandal is as always the associated hullabaloo usually raised each time one of these racists White Americans is caught off guard and what they are thinking inside effervescences to the top. Yes it is true; and it is true also that many White Americans bottle up what Donald Sterling is being presently persecuted for voicing out; admitted inadvertently, since he did not know that his girlfriend was plotting to bring him down. (The villain and the Delilah, Ms. Stiviano showing her bangles, to his right pictured)
These white people hate people who do not look like them; they hate people they consider invaders of their space; they also hate the original owners of the land which they occupy and they even hate themselves for crying out loud. Therefore what is the big deal if the Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling says he does not like black people? Icheoku says please show Icheoku that American White that truly and sincerely loves black people and then Icheoku would lead the procession to crucify Mr Sterling. It is not in their job places, it is not in their residential areas, it is not in their children's schools, it is not in their businesses and it is not in their own sphere. As far as their "love for black people" is concerned, provided you know your place and keep to yourself and your kind, we will tolerate your presence in our midst. However, BUT please do not touch our bimbos, do not take our jobs, do not move into our neighborhoods, do not drive expensive cars, do not come into Barney's and produce a credit card with some hefty credit worthiness inside it.
'Just stay outside the gate and hold the plate and keep guard over us and our children and protect our properties and then we shall "LOVE" you,' seem to be the mantra of their famed affection for others. In short do not even attend our galas, concerts, opera, symphony and all such gathering that is "whites only" appropriate? Icheoku says this is the real America for you which no one acknowledges because if it is not spoken of, it does not exists. In America, even law enforcement is skewed against certain colors and the judiciary that is supposedly blind sees skin pigmentation as well as the depth of your pocket; yet Mr Sterling committed a very "heinous atrocity" for which he should be "hanged" simply because he said what he allegedly said? Icheoku is not holding water for this Donald, remember the other Donald, the Trump, once canvassed for an increase in White-Europeans migration to America instead of "OTHERS;" but suffice it to say that Mr Sterling's kind is not in short supply in America. Icheoku says that practically every black person living in America, especially black males, have experienced this "we don't like you people" attitude at one point, place or time; and it comes everywhere and takes different shapes, forms and occasions.
From personal experience, this "we and them" divide runs deep in America and many a times these white people will put it to your face that they don't like you, regardless of the hurt. Icheoku once worked in a plant and one white co-worker menacingly said to my face that "I don't like you people and I hate you"; as a dutiful employee I took the matter to the supervisor who sarcastically dismissed the complaint saying that "I should not expect everyone to be liked by everyone?" Icheoku believes that were the parties involved to have been different, may be the supervisor would at least have investigated the incident. People have been called all manners of names; people have been fired from their jobs few months to their retirement to avoid pension? People have been asked to train their replacement or asked to work under a new hire?
So racism comes in different shapes and sizes and one does not have to say what Sterling said to be a racist. Sometime, one will enter a shop to buy something and suddenly a store clerk leaves whatever he or she is doing to approach you with "Can I help you find something?" and you wonder why specifically you in view of the many other shoppers milling around in the store? Sometimes you will be searching for an apartment to move into and on responding to an advertised vacancy advertisement, the rental office will "politely" tell you the unit has been rented "few seconds" ago only to turn around and rent out the same unit to a preferred color-skinned the minute you dejectedly left the complex? Back in the day, Icheoku temp(ed) in an office with this Eastern European girl who could barely speak English but the office confirmed her and let me go before the probationary period. I ran into her subsequently and she told me the sad truth that she learnt the office do not like black people. In today's America, white people are still paid more than black people regardless of same qualification and experience and you wonder why Sterling is being persecuted? Women also get less for equal work and qualification?
Just recently George Zimmerman murdered a young black teenager solely because "he strayed in a neighborhood he should not be in?" The other time in Los Angeles, a police whistle blower was cornered and smoked to death in a house fire because he wanted to break the code of silence about racism in the LAPD? Even when they mercifully sometimes employs you, you are daily subjected to treatments that cannot be explained any other way other than that you are different? You are supposed to be seen at their pleasure BUT never to be heard until specifically spoken to and asked? Opinions are least tolerated because you are not paid for your opinion but to do the work assigned? Even among the usually generally discriminated gay community, only the WHITE GAY is a good gay; and stories abound how black gay guys would come into a gay bar and be looked over and not served and this is happening in San Francisco - the proverbial "most liberal" city in America?
Blacks have been hog-tied to pick-up hitch and dragged through roads until completely dismembered, yes you heard icheoku right. Just few weeks ago, one white rancher said that blacks would have been better "still enslaved?" There is even an "offense" called DWB - driving while black, which practically forbids a black person from driving an expensive car as racist white police, like moths to the light, would so ticket you that you know what the deal is - driving a car outside your pay grade? You tune on television and all the faces therein reading teleprompters are all pale skinned and you wonder can't a back person read or don't they know how to read?
Anyway, it is the subterranean institutional racism that has replaced the noose-racism of the fifties and as long as no one voices it out, it is honky-dory. This is the transgression of Sterling and Icheoku maintains he did not do anything extraordinary or different from many other of his skin-type; a practice which is so seriously contaminating the American society that every other skin type including coconuts (brown skin and acting white or white inside) now discriminate against black people. Even some call-girls will sometimes refuse you service because "they don't do black people" and when you inquire why so, they will tell you because black people stinks and stains your p***y?
What marvels Icheoku most with the headline story is the pretence by all especially the American media that Sterling was outlandish in his comment? Like Jesus admonished, "he who is without sin should throw the first stone" and these guys are throwing stones on Mr Sterling in their sinful robes. Once again, Icheoku restates that Sterling did not do what every other person that is white has never thought about or is thinking about presently. The fact of the matter is that Americans should honestly start discussing race relations in America instead of letting it simmer underneath and beneath the surface. Instead of pillorying Sterling for what he said, may be it should provide us with the starting block and platform to seriously acknowledge this America's underbelly with a view to finding a meaningful solution to it instead of "shipping them all back to Africa" as was suggested not too long ago as a panacea. What Sterling said is awful, but which white person hasn't thought about it in America and despite Sterling "employing black people" just like Spike Lee pointed out, it was not out of love but business-driven; and just like during slavery where blacks work the plantations of these people, these black NBA players are just seen by Mr Donald Sterling as cash-cows that should be tolerated as long as their sinews can bring home the bacon.
But playing the devil's advocate, reading between the lines of the ranting of Sterling, it would appear it was a jealous lover irate that his sugar-girlfriend is "personally and privately" admiring another man? So it appears the tirade was about Magic Johnson and not necessarily black people, although it came out as thus because Sterling was too proud to admit his pain to his girlfriend that he is jealous of her flirtations with Magic Johnson? Instead of calling Magic by name he chose to use "black people" for cover thinking that his girlfriend will get the message. But instead she goaded him on and you now see the power of a woman scorned and who is geared to bring a man down heavy and tumbling. Here now is Donald Sterling saying he is jealous that his girlfriend is being seen as associating with Magic Johnson:- "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to? I think the fact that you admire [Magic] -- I've known him well, and he should be admired," Sterling replies. "And I'm just saying that it's too bad you can't admire him privately. And during your ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE, your whole life, admire him -- bring him here, feed him, fuck him, I don't care. You can do anything. But don't put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games. OK?" Icheoku says America, oh America, our America, BUT their America!