Look, Dwil, Modi, Dave Zirin, Temple3 and I have been some of Jason Whitlock’s biggest critics on the web and talk radio. The readers of SOMM and TSF collectively have been just as critical. I felt personally betrayed after my interview with him because I thought his dissent of Lupica and the rest of the cast on Sports Reporters was groundbreaking and a sign of a sorely needed revolution in journalism. We all know what happened after that (Black KKK, his foul moniker attached to C. Vivian Stringer which I will not repeat here). It truly pains me what I’m about to say. I don’t agree with a lot of what Jason writes but he deserves props for a recent piece about the real reason for the steroid witch hunt. I had hope (besides the Kev Dog Jemele interview, the Friday Fire thread is one of the best of all time on TSF) for him and some of you disagreed.
Check out Jason’s latest piece. It’s a gem. I have to admit I’m not shocked. He has consistently stated the steroids witch hunt has been about preserving American values–where Whites are concerned.
When Barry was young, he was hated despite his talent mainly because he told the media to kiss his Black ass. When he began to hit bombs, America let out a collective “Oh shit!”.
Before the haters hate, no one is condoning the use of PED’s. I’m torn on HGH until I personally get more information of its effects.
Some of Jason’s great points. This is exactly how I feel and some of us have been saying something similar for years:
“Willie Mays and Hank Aaron took good, hard runs at Babe Ruth, but The Great Bambino is still standing. Today he shares the stage with Brown, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan as the greatest of all-time in the American sports that define who we believe we are.
Babe Ruth is not going anywhere without a massive, nuclear fight. His supporters do not care that he dominated a segregated, inferior brand of Major League Baseball.
Babe Ruth is an important symbol, and challengers to his throne will be greeted with immense resistance.
That’s why steroids matter so much in baseball. They distort our appreciation of Ruth’s numbers, particularly his home-run stats, the penis-measuring digits of baseball. Chicks dig the long ball.
Barry Bonds threatened Ruth’s legacy in a way Hank Aaron never could. Aaron was consistent, durable and humble. Bonds was overpowering, menacing and arrogant. He was the epitome of macho.
When Bonds announced he wanted to pass Ruth more than Aaron, Bonds knew exactly what he was doing. He was giving the finger to all the baseball geeks determined to protect Ruth’s legacy. Bonds did not know he was also fueling the steroids witch hunt.
The hunt for Bonds ensnared Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and now Alex Rodriguez, the last known threat to Ruth.”
I don’t want to print it all, but dude is sure to catch mad wreck from the FOX readership. He already has over a thousand comments that I will not read because it’s Friday g’damnit! To those of you who think I might be overzealous in my praise for Jason, I have to say what he says here is very important to the discussion of how Black men are viewed in America (regarding baseball).
Black writers in particular have to step up and say what’s really real right now with no filler, backtracking, excuses or corporate junk.
I have to give credit where credit is due regardless of who the hell it comes from, so thank you Jason.
Of course I say this all with baited breath because ya still work for FOX bruh and we all know how they do us.
Please discuss this without prejudice.