Thursday, January 24, 2008
It is no secrete, by now, that I am not a guy who is into sports. I'm just never got into them growing up. I don't like basketball, football, baseball, golf, cricket,
synchronized swimming, tether ball, none of the biggies. However, I do love me some tennis. I don't know why. Maybe because that
was the only sport that I played in college, in order to get my wellness credit. (Remember when they use to call it P.E.?)
That being said, I will only watch tennis when black folks are playing. Needless to say, I don't watch a lot of tennis. Yesterday,
Blake Lewis lost out to some white boy (Federer, I think his name was). I believe it was also yesterday that Serena Williams lost,
leaving me only Venus to hang my hopes on; or so I thought. This morning I was watching my DVR saved match of the men's finals at
the Australian Open, when I saw this match up between some guy, who was obviously white. I could tell by the long flowing locks of
blondish-brown hair. However, the other guy.....The other guy I was not too sure of. Was he black? His hair didn't move when he ran, not unlike a black man. His skin was dark, not unlike a black man. And he had a black man's carriage, if you know what I mean. Still, I wasn't quite sure if he was "black like me", so I decided to watch him play. The kid's name was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and he was playing some kick ass tennis; taking out the world's No. 2 seed, Rafael Nadal. I found myself mesmerized. I was like, "look at this boy play!" Hell, he could be black, damn it. His features were about as blackish as Black....I mean, Blake Lewis. As it turned out, Tsonga is not black, but French (but there are Black folks in France). I'd have to have a look see at his parents to make a judgement call, but for my purposes, Tsonga was black enough. I'll be continue to watch his ass play and counting his wins on the black side.
So, my question to you is....Does this make me a racist? I don't feel as if I am a racist. I treat all people the same. I love everyone equally, but when it comes to my folks against their folks I want my folks to come out on top. Is that a racist state of mind? I know that if I read this same sentiments on a white person's blog I would label them a a racist and not think twice about it. They'd be racist and I'd be calling Al Sharpton. So, am I a racist? Do I need to look it up? I know I'm prejudice, I believe everyone to fit that label...but racist? That's a totally different matter all together.
-One Man's Opinion. Peace.