Phillip Brooks, the 19th century clergyman, once said, “Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.” Abraham Lincoln gave it to us like this, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Then Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani education activist, broke it down so that it would forever be broken when she spit, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
Well playas…even when the whole world is talkin’ and cursin’ each other out. When the great Michael Jordan speaks it’s like E. F. Hutton up in this piece! EVERYBODY shuts up and listens! For the first time in the freakin’ history of the world Michael Jeffery Jordan had something to say about something goin’ on in this country. On Monday he wrote a letter to ESPN’s The Undefeated with the headline, “I Can No Longer Stay Silent!”
He starts the joint off with, “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.” He goes on to say, “We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”He then tells a boy that he’s goin’ to donate $1 million each to The Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Well it’s about freakin’ time playboy! You would think that the Pope made a statement or that President Barack Obama held a State of the Union Address the way boyz all over this country responded to Jordan simply openin’ his freakin’ mouth. That’s all we’ve ever wanted out of this cat. Just use your power of influence to make a difference. JUST OPEN YOUR FREAKIN’ MOUTH BRUH!!! You don’t have to scream or holler! You don’t have to march or fight! Why? Because you’re Michael Jordan! JUST OPEN YOUR MOUTH!!! Your words are more powerful than any cat walkin’ these streets. So what’s the point in havin’ the power if you’re only goin’ to use it once every 32 years.
The world stood still when Jordan spoke! Why? Because he’s the most influential man on earth. He’s got duns runnin’ around this piece like zombies wearin’ his shoes and gear and he’s said nothin’ about the pain and struggle of his OWN people that support him even though they know he’s been sittin’ in the cut watchin’ it.
After 32 long years he finally says something but never really says a word! The dun didn’t even speak. He made a statement through his publicist. That means that she wrote the joint and he approved it. He wasn’t even REAL enough to use his own voice and he made sure to stay in the middle of the road so that nobody accuses him of really havin’ an opinion. I don’t care where you fall on any subject bruh just fall and be a G about how you feel about it. I’ve got more respect for ole dull Charles Barkley than I do Mike because at least Chuck will say what he’s really thinkin’ even though he’s talkin’ crazy and sideways 99.9999 percent of the time. Especially, when it comes to race and culture. At least the dun has an opinion.
This cat’s been quiet for 32 years and then shows up butt naked climbin’ out of the birthday cake with some bread as a distraction. He half gives an opinion and throws some money on the table. So for the rest of the day the headlines read “Jordan gives a $1 million each!” Not “Jordan feels or Jordan says XYZ about this, that and the third!” Understand this pimpin’, money spends but influence changes the world. Muhammad Ali could have told you that bruh if your would have been willin’ to listen but you were too worried about “Republicans buyin’ shoes too.” Catch that one on your way home playa.
And all of these Jordan defenders keep sayin’, “Well it’s better late than never. He’s always doin’ things on the low bruh! He doesn’t want the attention.” Nobody cares that he’s movin’ in silence with whatever you say that he’s been doin’ for 32 years. His voice is what people need bruh. Why? Because it’s louder than EVERYBODY else’s.
Mike showin’ up bearin’ gifts after 32 years of silence and neglect is like the dead beat dad that was never there walkin’ into his daughter’s wedding with a brand new car. Let me put it where the goats can get it. She doesn’t NEED the car bruh! She needed you there to teach her HOW to drive. She needed you there to help her when she was helpless with no voice of her own. She’s grown now!
When cats needed the dun with more influence and power than any other black man livin’ for the past three decades he wasn’t there!! Now he finally shows up because boyz have been lookin’ at him sideways because over the past few years it’s been gettin’ thick out here. We needed his influence and power to at least gets folks attention but he refused to stand up.
When unarmed black folks all over this country were bein’ murdered by law enforcement officers that were actually sworn in to protect and serve we needed those with a platform to SAY SOMETHING. When duns were killin’ each other in OUR hoods we needed their power of influence to SAY SOMETHING. When our police officers both black and white were bein’ killed by some deranged idiots we NEEDED boyz to use their power of influence to SAY SOMETHING! Why? Because the most powerful voices get the most attention.
After cats like Muhammad Ali, Kareem, Jim Brown and their boyz put in work and used their platform to make life better for the next generation Mike stood on their shoulders and just got rich. Boyz stood in the door waitin’ for him to pull up but he never did. So guess what playa some other cats took his place. Melo, LeBron, D Wade, CP3 and the lovely women of the WNBA stood up and ran with the torch. They risked more than anybody because they make far less bread than anyone of these duns.
The average salary in the WNBA is $72K bruh and they were willin’ to give up $500 per fine for what they believed in. Mike’s a billionaire and for the first time in 32 years he decides to mumble a few syllables and toss $2 million on the table and boyz go nuts. Which was the greater sacrifice?
But with Mike bein’ Mike and not wantin’ to be out done. He jumped out of a the plane butt naked with a half cocked opinion throwin’ money on the stage like Pacman Jones. 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.