Friday Fire: The Black Athlete and the Obama Effect

One hundred years ago Jack Johnson thwarted James J. Jeffries attempt “to reclaim the heavyweight championship for the white race”. In their July 4,1910 bout dubbed “The Fight of the Century” Johnson pummeled Jeffries for 15 rounds – only a white towel of submission saved Jeffries from being knocked out by Johnson.

Johnson’s victory set of an unprecedented chain of events across the country which left 25  people dead (23 Blacks) and hundreds others arrested and injured. There were riots, attempted lynchings and shootings. The  peaceful celebrations held by Blacks around the country were interuppted by humiliated white supporters of Jeffries who sought to avenge their fallen hero at the expense of anyone the same hue as Johnson.

Kobe Bryant President Barack Obama (R) poses for photographs with Kobe Bryant (L) and members of the National Basketball Association 2009 champions Los Angeles Lakers in the East Room of the White House January 25, 2010 in Washington, DC.  The Lakers bested the Orlando Magic to win the NBA Finals in 2009.

Ninety-eight years after Johnson felled Jeffies, Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of these United States. While there were celebrations across America by all people, there remain a large group in sports media coupled with those in high places  that vow to bring the Black Athlete or anyone of Black importance to their knees, so help them James F. Jeffries. 

There have been several incidents involving Black Athletes leading up to a following the election of Obama some questionable and other reeking of racism.

  • Don Imus’ “nappy-headed hoes” reference to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
  • Michael Vick serving out his sentence Leavenworth Federal Prison
  • Barry Bonds’ Blackballing from Major League Baseball
  • Excessive suspensions to Adam Jones and the late Chris Henry
  • ESPN’s Selective “Journalism”
  • Brandon Jennings
  • Marvin Harrison’s alleged involvement in a murder
  • The de-clawing of Tiger Woods
  • Reggie Bush returns the Heisman trophy
  • Donovan McNabb, Vince Young and Jason Campbell
  • The Cam Newton Scandal

Of course this just scratches the surface.

28 Responses to “Friday Fire: The Black Athlete and the Obama Effect”

  1. sankofa says:

    Brother, along with Jack Johnson whipping on some punk ass bitch, don’t forget the jealousy associated with African success and wealth al the Tulsa race riot and the race riot of 1919.

    Barak Obama’s ascension to the gate keeper status to White Supremacy is a problem because many Caucasians fear “we will do the same to them as they did to us”. This Is a quote I have heard as far back as when messy Jessie had thrown his alligator shoes into the race so many years ago.

    People will make any excuse because, well, any excuse will do and as long as you have mental health deficiencies (anti-African hatred) you will seek justification for killing innocent people, physically, socially and politically.

  2. Ron Glover says:

    @Sankofa, thanks for the lesson as always. Will make a note to read up on the Tulsa Riot and the Race Riot of 1919.

  3. Temple3 says:


    Here’s the thing, though.

    People can only HEAR you with THEIR ears.

    I think there are two mitigating factors that preclude a true reconciliation.

    1) So-called “whites” don’t have examples of groups gaining power without exacting retribution. The primary points of reference for “whites” (militarily) are the Romans, the Empire of Napoleon, the British Empire, Germans (pre-Nazi, as well), and this current empire. Each of these groups have been characterized by a brutal, all-out approach to warfare with their true combatants (not all “wars” are really wars).

    In the absence of a historical frame of reference, someone is asking people with power to make concessions based on FAITH. Why would they do that? Ain’t gonna happen — this we know.

    2) The historical record suggests that groups can rise under a common banner AFTER they have suppressed/assimilated (either by force or sway of culture) smaller groups. The African cultural project (post Kemet) is in its infancy.

    Europeans used Christianity to suppress and assimilate fractional tribes in Europe. Those tribes ascended to become “nations” (Franks, Angles, Huns, etc.) Nations, per se, are social creations that ‘justify’ trans-tribal action. In Africa, nationalism hasn’t worked because it wasn’t organic. It was imposed by Europeans who only embraced nationalism AFTER their cultural questions were subsumed by Christianity. It only took them 1200 years to work that shit out — from the Council of Nicea to 1648 (Peace of Westphalia).

    Did Europeans have a bloodthirsty, savage march toward peace and prosperity? Yep. Was in over in 1648? Hardly. And, the heavy lifting took many, many centuries…and it was done without significant military interference from Africa or Asia. Europe’s pagans fought to the death for what they believed in…but the after-life insurance of the Christian salesman (er, priest) proved to be quite compelling.

    We expect Africans to do this overnight — or in one or two hundred years. Comparatively speaking, I’d say the progress of the Africans has been nothing short of remarkable. What will serve as the cultural glue for the African? It will not be Christianity — this we know. It will not be Islam either. Islam’s potential for true unity among Africans is mitigated by its use as a tool for Pan-Arabism across the world. Perhaps it will be technology.

    Can we make gods of technology? Perhaps. After all, who among us has a stronger addiction that the Crackberry Fiend?

    Maybe it will be something traditional — like land and food and water. Whatever it is, it’s going to involve Asians and Europeans — but on African terms — or it will not exist at all.

  4. sankofa says:

    Ashe Ron G

    Perhaps you can start your reading here:

    The Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band was put together to commemorate this atrocity and their signature song you dropped a bomb on me, I felt was a direct indictment of that bitch lady liberty’s betrayal of the ideals of freedom and prosperity. Of course I am talking about the G.A.P band.

    There are still a few survivors from that day and their stories need to be more of a staple then Jack and Jill and little Jack Horner. This is another sad case of the African community missing out on our story . But please do catch up brother and let’s all use the mantra, never forget.

  5. sankofa says:


    A black fist on that man, your analysis is tight. With the land issue though… as Mutabauka sang to Mandela when we was sharing out land to the invaders (to paraphrase him)… don’t give out my share. I think we need some of that cultural arogance to ensure that legacies like land and its ownership and administration remains in our hands. And we have to do it first in Africa or where we are in the majority.

  6. Temple3 says:

    A numerologist with a Masonic orientation might have a great deal to say about a son of the Nile Valley being selected as the 44th president.

    On the Square?

    That numerologist might say that things are not always as they appear — and that our focus should not be on the minute details involving these persons. Isn’t the DEVIL IN THE DETAILS? Our focus should be on the unifying theme that ties these things together.

    RG — thanks for raising the question of what ties these events together.

    What is your conclusion?

    What is the flip side of the coin? Black head coaches in Chicago and Pittsburgh. Black coaches designing succession plans in Indianapolis. Young Black coaches in Tampa leading young Black QBs — all the way from college. Young Black general managers in NY (Super Bowl ’07 champ) and Arizona (Super Bowl ’08). Second chances for Michael Vick — under the “sponsorship” of a Black coach.

    Jeffries and Johnson are both D-E-D, dead! What’s alive right now is the opportunity and challenge to make your own history — and move beyond reacting to what happens to people who CHOOOOOOOSE not to honor their elders; choose not to be wise; choose to show their ass; choose to walk in harm’s way.

    Most of the people on that list can take care of themselves. Moreover, few of them have been subjected to the worse that we’ve endured. Had they heeded the warnings (which are everywhere to see), they would very likely NOT wind up in situations that serve their enemies. There is a great deal to be said for shutting the fuck up and keeping it moving…a great deal.

    Life isn’t fair and this is still Amerikkka, but Klans get declawed just like Tigers — and sometimes their bark is much worse than their bite.

  7. Temple3 says:

    @ sankofa:

    Thanks. It’s all good!

  8. Temple3 says:

    Article on FanHouse from former Ohio State, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns center, LeCharles Bentley:|pos1|nfl-racisim

  9. sankofa says:

    Damn! Thansk for that link. Just love to read the reaction from this article. De-Nile is not only a river in Kimit.

  10. Ron Glover says:

    @Temple, As I was listing those incidents, I thought about many of the accomplishments that have occured.

    I don’t know if I can draw one just yet, but your last two paragraphs probably summed it up for me.

  11. Miranda says:

    I love the history lessons here!!! Posts and comments alike, love it!

  12. Temple3 says:

    @ Sankofa:

    Bentley does a splendid job of luring them in by properly pointing out that Hillis was unfairly type-cast — but he connects it to the historical piece to hammer home the point…and he even makes it personal. I thought it was absolutely one of the best things I’ve read in ages. He was a fantastic player. I wrote about him a few years ago.

    I love the fact that Bentley saw himself as part of a continuum from Larry Little through Dermonttii Dawson. Just stellar work on his part.


    We’ve got to celebrate our victories because many of them result from hard-fought strategic planning that is worthy of emulation. If we only look back in horror at the suffering of folks (many of whom created their own conditions chasing Mammon while causing famine), we will be lost.

    Dungy’s Empire deserves a closer look, especially when Mike Tomlin’s team is 8-3, Lovie Smith’s team is 8-3, Raheem Morris’ team is 7-4, the Colts are defending conference champs and in first place, and Leslie Frazier is in the driver’s seat in Minnesota.

    What’s the point of desiring or even winning a revolution if one cannot govern effectively because they have failed to study the leaders that constitute their very foundation? Smile!!!

  13. Ron Glover says:

    Well put once again Temple.

  14. Origin says:

    @ RG, Temple and Sankofa – I want to thank you brothas for dropping these jewels on us.

    This is straight knowledge here.

  15. HarveyDent322 says:

    Nothing I can add to the knowledge that has already been dropped here except that I appreciate our little online community/family more every time I come to this site and that “Unforgivable Blackness,” the most in-depth bio on Jack Johnson, is required reading.

    Know the past, know the future

  16. Origin says:

    Harvey – Great article……….Dr. Boyce always brings the truth.

  17. Miranda says:

    If any of you want a great big hearty laugh..check out this site. A friend discovered it while trying to find an old article about spygate.

  18. sankofa says:

    Miranda, girl, please I feel dumber for reading just one article on that site. A man once said that Caucasians remind him of car jackers, who knowing they are not the true owner of the vehicle will drive recklessly and out of anger, seeking to smash all to thread, this car they down own.

    They are vexed and covetous when you have it and vexed and vengeful what he took from you, what you re-take form him.

  19. Ron Glover says:

    @HD Unforgiveable Blackness is an excellent read. Been through it 2x already.

  20. Origin says:

    HAHA sista Miranda I saw that site years ago………its a total joke. A bunch of whites complaining that other white folks are stopping them from playing certain sports.

    I remember when Matt Jones came out they were calling reverse racism… can crackhead Matt Jones be made into a WR. When he is better then Vick and Mcnabb (and they never had to covert to WRs).

    Sista I almost died laughing at these fools………white superiority complex is a true sickness.

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  22. Julius says:

    That newsone article is ridiculous. This line especially so: “Many of our men are sucked into a culture of sports that minimizes the value of education and overstates the desire to make irresponsible personal decisions.”

    NOBODY forces anybody to play sports. Each and every individual has the option of forgoing sports and busting their ass in the classroom, if he or she wants. That article was one big long apology for anyone who doesn’t take responsibility for the direction of their own lives. Any fool who is “sucked into sports” and doesn’t make it as a pro, and sputters in life afterwards, has only himself to blame.

  23. sankofa says:

    You now this Julius sucker reminds me of someone contentionus dude that was banned. If he ever mentions his right to pop a cap in someone’s ass. you will know who I am talking about.

    Julius read my lips… (1) reading comprehension (2) context (3) rinse and repeat. However, if you truly are a gate keeper for White Supremacy then ignore the above, the illness is terminal.

  24. Julius says:

    sankofa, I have no idea what you’re talking about and your hostility is misdirected. You disagree with what I said? Take any college athlete of any race. The “system” in place forces him to ignore his studies and future career outside of sports? I’ll tell you what. If the “system” in place is so detrimental, why don’t you do the world a service and stop paying attention to sports? It’s the fans and the fans only that keep maintain the disproportionate emphasis. Starve the beast and cease paying attention to and writing about sports if you think the edifice is so rotted that a high school or college athlete is incapable of thinking for himself and doing what’s best for his future given his particular capabilities. What exactly is your argument sankofa? That athletes are utterly incapable of thinking for themselves? If you don’t take that as a subtext of this dumb newsone article then you’ve got some pretty serious reading comprehension issues yourself. Get a grip and stop being such an angry child. Sheesh.

  25. Temple3 says:


    I think Sankofa is entirely right to pose the challenge of comprehension to you.

    You sing the Personal Responsibility song beautifully, but you missed these lines in the article:

    “But sadly enough, many of them have chosen to play Russian Roulette with their lives.”

    “If a man fully embraces this culture, he may find himself unemployable and virtually incapable of being anyone’s husband or father. He has, to some extent, walked right into the trap of black male marginalization.”

    “With all the intellect these men use to contribute to the NCAA sweatshop, I only pray that they are willing to use the same intellect to become captains of their own destiny.”

    ” If black mothers, fathers and “the village” doesn’t take a stand to confront this culture and these institutions, they will continue to undermine the progress of our community. We must raise our black boys differently.”


    This article is about choice and responsibility. The first sentence hinges on the word “chosen”; the second on the word “embraces.” The third quote questions if men are “willing” (another expression of choice and responsibility).

    I’m not sure how you missed that, but you and Sankofa could have a different conversation after you explain yourself. A righteous humble approach might even begin with you apologizing to Sankofa for your ill-conceived rant about HIS anger.

    Just a thought. Be well.

  26. MODI says:

    Damn, had some thoughts on the original article, but just spent a lot of time on those links, and forgot what I was going to say… beyond that I agree with the text/subtext of the article in that there is a new Jack Johnson effect going on…

    T3, that was a great article by Bentley, and the link to your old one laid it out… on side note, I think Bentley doesn’t get injured and Brown’s make playoffs and Crennell is still coach… that was a big blow…

    Sanfoka, after hitting your links and subsequent sub-links links, I ended up spending an hour, which could easily be the next few days if time permitted. Incredibly hidden and relevant stuff. Also, never knew the depth and scope of what happened across America in 1919. I like to think that I am well-informed on recent American history. Perhaps, not so much.

    Very sad that the Black Holocaust Museum closed, and I never even knew it existed. I’ve been to Milwaukee a number of times, and would have made it a priority had I read this stuff sooner. James Cameron’s has quite a story to tell… Thanks for the info…