Before I even get into the proposed NFL rule accessing a 15-yard penalty for using the word “nigga” (I refuse to say “N-word” as it is a complete cop-out) in all its iterations on the field, I offer a moment of full disclosure: I don’t use the word, or at least I make a conscious effort not to. This is mostly in deference to my mother who grew up in the midst of Jim Crow and my great-grandmother who was born into slavery (yes, my family is only three generations out of slavery). I have friends and family who do say “nigga” unflinchingly, and for the most part, I pay it little mind.
I start by saying that I have never read any of your work outside of your piece about twerking, and only because the piece flashed through my Twitter timeline. I have to assume that you are a writer of at least some substance to write for a publication like the New York Times. As a writer I aspire to the level of recognition you have clearly achieved. Which is why I can’t understand the motive for delving into a subject to which you clearly were not knowledgeable, even as an attempt at satire. [Read more…] about Circle Twerk in the Media: An Open Letter to Teddy Wayne
The verdict flashed across my iPad. I winced and checked my Facebook knowing what it would look like. My timeline was filled with comments ranging from sadness to near terroristic threats with a sprinkling of pro-Zimmerman sentiment. My Twitter feed was much the same. Between the two platforms over three thousand people on my streams gave the temperature of the nation following the verdict, a virtual heat map that ran across age, race, sex, political lines, and religion. The common thread amongst it all is the power of one hundred and forty characters to render the populace politically inactive. [Read more…] about Trayvon Martin, Social Media and Inactive Activism
I first started listening to podcasts a couple years ago. They were a great respite when I was at work and got bored listening to music. Running a small business I would often spend hours in the office alone and the chatter helped the day seem less lonely. It started with the “How Stuff Works” array of podcasts. They were light, geeky and were a great source of useless knowledge which is something I love.
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As a matter of full disclosure, I must admit that I have never been a fan of your commentary. For some time I have been of the opinion that you are a soundbite looking for an audience. I have watched you on various ESPN shows over the years, most notably First Take. I have watched you attempt to spar with the likes of Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless and have been routinely unimpressed. Comments you made yesterday confirmed my opinion of not only your commentary but, as much as one can glean from a TV segment, you as a person.
For reasons only you could articulate, you called into question the blackness of Robert Griffin III. You went so far as to essentially grade his blackness. His white fiancée made him less black, while his braids made him more so. This was your response to Griffin’s statement to the press the day before about wanting to be considered and recognized for more than his race.