Marcus Aurelius, the ancient Roman Emperor, once said, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Peter Drucker, the well-known management consultant, gave it to us like this, “Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, broke it down so that it would forever be broken when he spit, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Well playas…the privilege of a lifetime is bein’ able to live under the umbrella of “white privilege” in America. In a nut shell white privilege is to live in a world that is 100 percent catered to white folks. Where the consequences aren’t the same for non-whites as they are for whites and because of that privilege many people take liberties that will blow your mind.
Every now and then it rears it ugly head to remind many of us that it exists even when the person carryin’ the flag didn’t knowingly pull it out for everybody to see. It’s so natural that it jumps out of a boy’z pocket or backpack without them even tryin’ to show it. On Monday Kevin Durant announced that he’s takin’ his talents to the Bay Area to play for Golden State and not three hours later boyz were burnin’ his jersey and duns were showin’ up at his house makin’ slanderous videos on his doorstep but to no surprise none of those people looked like Kevin Durant.
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! That’s the sign of “white privilege” that boyz try to act like doesn’t exist. Many white fans (NOT ALL) will act like these black players are OBLIGATED to play for them for “THEIR” entertainment. We saw this same foolishness when LeBron left Cleveland. Now both Lebron and KD were unrestricted free agents. Therefore, they had the right to go wherever they wanted to go to play and the fans know that.
One of the greatest forms of disrespect in any culture or country is to throw a shoe or burn something of significance whether it’s a flag, picture or memento. Why is it that we never see black folks or sensible white folks burnin’ players jerseys? Because most black folks and sensible white folks understand the struggle that it took for duns like KD and LeBron to get out of the ghetto in the first place. Most of us respect the hustle even if we don’t agree with their decision to go elsewhere to play! We still respect the human being because we look at them as bein’ our equal but those that operate under the premise of “white privilege” don’t see them as equals so it’s easier to do some foolishness like this.
However, some of our white counterparts look at these players as bein’ someone that is beneath them and that they are their personal entertainment. So the player, in their minds, is obligated to stay put and be there until they have no further use for them. And when they leave before their usefulness to them is up, they throw temper tantrums, burn jerseys and show up at their homes to do ignorant things.
There was some clown named Big Rich that owns a bar in OKC standin’ outside of Durant’s house after the announcement that he was leavin’ talkin’ crazy about him. He had the nerve to put a “For Sale” sign up in front of ole boy’z crib that read “For Sale by Coward.“He goes on to say, “We given him the love, the privacy that any professional athlete to ever ask for! We’ve given him a team and teammates. This organization has given you everything Kevin Durant. The one thing that we couldn’t give you is a heart. The heart of a champion! The one thing we couldn’t give you is a set of balls.” And he lays ole boy’z jersey on the front porch.
First of all, playboy let’s keep 100! Kevin Durant has done more for OKC than OKC has done for him. Boyz weren’t thinkin’ about Oklahoma City until KD got there with the team!! So you didn’t give him nothin’!!! If it wasn’t for KD your sports bar wouldn’t be gettin’ money in the winter and spring. We know that Oklahoma football is king but now you’ve got a winter and spring sport bringin’ bread into your bar. So stop it bruh! You’re upset because he just effected your money and you know that Young Russ is about to bail next year too. So your bottom line’s been effected. You don’t care two dead flies smashed about KD or the Thunder. So stop with this foolishness!!
Let me finish puttin’ it where the goats can get it. The very act of showin’ up at that man’s house and havin’ the audacity to put a sign up to slander him and then to do a video like that is evidence of someone operatin’ with “White Privilege.” In order to have the nerve to show up at someone’s house means that you thought that it was permissible to do. You thought that you had the RIGHT to do it and that no one could tell you NOT to do it.
Most black folks that grew up in the ghetto like Kevin Durant did understands very clearly that Big Rich could have been shot for the foolishness that he was doin’ on that man’s property. Now KD wasn’t at home but one of his boyz or family members could have been. And when you disrespect people unfortunately many times there are consequences. But when you grow up with “white privilege” you have no clue that your life could have been in danger by goin’ to that man’s house.
For those people that try to act like racism no longer exists in America just pay attention to the foolishness that happens daily where people exalt themselves over others by the things that they say and do. Big Rich was a prime example of someone exalting themselves over another person regardless of financial status.
To burn a man’s likeness or to show up at his house to clown him reinforces the FACT that those very people still think that KD is beneath them even though he’s got more money and fame than they’ll ever imagine earnin’! To people with that mentality he’s just one of us that can hoop. And all we ever want in this world is to be treated equally and fairly. 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) Put it where the goats can get it: verb phrase – to make it as elementary as possible. To put it at ground level so everyone can understand it.