As I’m searchin’ for the wisdom to navigate this life. One of the few places outside of the Book of Proverbs and Solomon’s teachings is a place we like to call the barber shop bruh. When I walked into the joint today I see these three cats arguin’ about bein’ perfect. Michelangelo said, The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Aristotle looked at a boy with a stern eye and shouted, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Then Vince Lombardi stood up and spit the realist two bars ever spoken when he said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
Well playas….that’s what the old timers used to tell us young boyz growin’ up black every day of our lives. In order to find success in this world livin’ under the rule of the “Double Standard” you’ve got to be darn near perfect! And that’s the edited version. So for all of the duns makin’ excuses for Cam Newton’s behavior on Sunday night at his post-game press conference, you’re completely wastin’ your time! Why? Because all of the old timers, 40 and 50 something year old black folks don’t wanna hear it. Why? Because we were taught the same game Cam was taught. “You gotta be darn near perfect!”
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Yeah, I know that for the first time in Super Bowl history both teams did their post-game interviews within an ear shot of one another. In pretty much the same room bruh. Yeah, I know Cam could hear boyz celebratin’ their win and talkin’ about how they were able to beat him doin’ this and that. And yeah, I know that he was frustrated by the loss combined with the disrespect of the league pullin’ a stunt like that. I get all of that playa. But Ima tell you just like my mother, grandmother, her mother and big momma before that would have told you, “You knew that you were black before you played the game son! As a matter of fact, you’ve been knowin’ you were black for 26 years Cam! You can’t just do things any kind of way. You’ve got to be darn near perfect at all times. You’ve got to dot all of the I’s and cross all of the T’s and you know that! You’ve got to be 400 percent better to be considered equal! That’s been in the Black Man’s Constitution since we were freed in 1865! YOU KNOW THAT”
But here we go, “But Peyton Manning lost to the New Orleans Saints in 2010 in the Super Bowl and he walked off of the field without shakin’ Drew Brees’ hand or congratulatin’ any of the Saints players for that matter and nobody said a word about his post game behavior.” Big Momma: “Now baby I’ve told you since the day you were born that you can’t do what everybody else can do! You gotta be darn near perfect! Those are the rules for your life and you’ve got to live by them and we expect you to do just that! If you’re darn near perfect you’ll achieve greatness!”
Don’t let these suckas out here fool you into believin’ that it was black folks that elected Barack Obama president. Most of us voted for him but we didn’t elect him. We only make up 13 percent of the total US population playboy! And all 13 percent didn’t cast a vote for him for various reasons! We either didn’t vote (too lazy or voted for McCain), couldn’t (dull voter ID laws that seriously affected the old timers etc and felony convictions in some states) or weren’t old enough to cast a vote.
So therefore, only a small few actually turned out. to vote for him. However, Barack listened to his Big Momma, that didn’t look like him I might add, when she told him that he had to be darn near perfect! Why? Because you already know that boyz got at him with a fine toothed comb lookin’ for ANY and EVERY thing they could find that was negative from his childhood to the day he was elected. However, he was squeaky clean! Why? Because he was darn near perfect! There were a lot of folks that didn’t look like him that voted for him that will NEVER admit that they did but the numbers don’t lie playa.
What’s my point? You can’t control the “Double Standard” that exists in America. You can only learn how to navigate it and bein’ darn near perfect is the only solution. So when you show up to the post-game press conference with a hoodie on, answerin’ questions like a third grader that just got all of his reflectors stolen off of his Huffy. You aren’t bein’ darn near perfect. When you get up and bounce on the media early because you’re upset you weren’t bein’ darn near perfect.
I didn’t make the rules playboy I’ve just learned how to live by them. Be your best at all times and God will bless you for attemptin’ to be darn near perfect. Ask anybody that has found success that looks like you Cam, how they were able to get where they are and they’ll tell you that they had to be DARN NEAR PERFECT! Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Spit: verb – to say
2) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
3) Bounce: verb – to leave