Some of the same black entertainers who have been outraged about Donald Sterling have made a living off of being downright offensive and ignorant to blacks.

I read that rapper Pharrell Williams was recently on Oprah's show and made a comment that he was a "new black." He implied that he lived in a reality where your skin color can not hold you back. While I agree with the idea of making your own way despite racial prejudice, I still wonder what he might have to say about Donald Sterling's recent remarks about blacks (both the “new” and “old” ones). Apparently Sterling doesn't want to be associated with any black people, including successful musicians like Pharrell.
  • Exploiting black culture for wealth 
  • Remaining quiet on major issues that affect the black community
  • Trying to separate themselves from and elevate themselves above “regular” blacks (or just black women in some cases)
  • spreading negative stereotypes about black people for the world to see and hear that affects how we're treated on a day-to-day basis

What Sterling said is wrong -- that's not the issue here. The issue I see in all of this is that most of the black men who are publicly expressing their outrage about Donald Sterling don't really have a leg to stand on.

Almost everything that they do or say is (or should be seen as) offensive to black people. I think their outrage is downright embarrassing and almost comical. Here are just a few of the black entertainers who have publicly come forward with disapproving comments about Donald Sterling:

Michael Jordan has been accused of being a greedy capitalist who doesn't give enough back to the young urban kids who helped make him rich and famous. He's helped to promote a culture in the black community where some young boys will kill each other over $100 to $200 Jordan brand sneakers. Rapper Chamillionaire once claimed that Jordan told him he doesn't take pictures with"n-words." If that is true, how is it that Jordan is now up in arms that a white man had the nerve to basically say the same thing?

Snoop Dog has been on the scene since the 1990s kicking that "gangsta ish" calling women bitches and hoes, and treating them like dogs on leashes at awards shows. Offensive remarks are his bread and butter. Is offensive speech only outrageous depending on who it's directed to?

Lil Wayne has been bombarding our young people with ugly, disrespectful and offensive lyrics about black people for years ("I bet that b___ looks better red" and "Beat the p__ up like Emmit Till")

Kevin Hart uses his comedic platform to basically make fun of black people (especially women). He once made a comment that dark skinned women (vs light skinned) have bad credit for laughs. In his most recent movie he makes a widely publicized scripted comment that white people don't fight (implying that's what black people do).

But these guys now want to sit down, get righteous and chide Donald Sterling for doing what they do to the black community in so many ways:

Before you demand respect from the world, you have to be able to COMMAND respect by your words, actions, behaviors, morals and what you stand for.
Let's just say what this is all really about -- a few rich blacks who thought they had finally reached some sort of summit point where their money erased their skin color and gave them acceptance into white circles have had a very public N-word wake up call. They can't deal with hearing what many of the rich white people who they rub elbows with really think about them. It burns them up to know that it doesn't matter how much money they earn, there will still be Donald Sterlings out there who don't want them at the yacht party or dinner table.

There are so many issues wrapped up into one little package in this Donald Sterling story, but it all really comes down to the brainwashing of black minds -- even rich ones. If these black entertainers had true love of self and being unapologetically black, this man's comments would probably just make them chuckle. That's because they would have been using their extensive resources and influence to gain a strong foothold in their own black communities, giving back and rebuilding. They wouldn’t care so much about what a wealthy white landowner on the other side of town thinks of them.

Instead they choose to keep begging to dip their toes into the pools of the rich white mainstream world -- a world that only wants them on very very specific and limited terms. 

Posted by: CBL



  1. Anonymous On April 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Thank you for a very accurate protrayal of this situation especially as it pertains to the hypocrisy of their outrage. If this is really hurting these black 'ballers' and entertainers then they now have a taste of their own medicine in regards to how black women feel after their insults.

      Anonymous On May 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    "Is offensive speech only outrageous depending on who it's directed to?" According to the lamestream media and many in our communities, offensive speech is only outrageous and worthy of challenging when it's directed at black men.

    Of course, the fact that many black men (and women too) have regularly called other black people the n-word, publicized their colorism against dark skin, and have regularly called black women b*tches, h*es, and all other form of insult in rap music seems to not matter.

    Great post, by the way.


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