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Kansas City Star ^ | May. 10, 2007 | JASON WHITLOCK

Posted on 05/10/2007 7:43:40 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

It started with Spike Lee holding up a duplication of the USA Today sports cover story about NFL athletes and their problems with law enforcement. The story included 41 mug shots of NFL players who had been arrested in 2006 — 39 of those players were African-American.

Spike Lee began the panel discussion — The Black Athlete Forum at Atlanta’s historic Morehouse College, which featured Jim Brown, Vivian Stringer, William Rhoden, Stephen A. Smith, yours truly and others — by asking Alonzo Mourning and two other professional athletes to explain whether the image was fair or unfair to black athletes.

After some initial words about athletes needing to take responsibility for their actions, Mourning and fellow NBA-er Etan Thomas somewhat blamed the media for not presenting a fair-and-balanced view of athletes. When the athletes finished talking, I jumped in and made the point I’ve been making for the last several years:

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: africanamerican; athletes; blacks; whitlock
Whitlock is a strong man.
1 posted on 05/10/2007 7:43:43 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
The Black Athlete Forum.......kicked off just the way we’d envisioned it at Virgil’s Real BBQ in Times Square.

No supporting of stereotypes here....

2 posted on 05/10/2007 7:49:19 AM PDT by edpc (Nothing to see here folks......move along......)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

“I talked about how America’s “war on drugs” and sentencing guidelines were creating a hopelessness among poor people, especially black men, and that that hopelessness was fueling this lethal youth culture that is producing Pacman Jones and others. Again, silence.”

Do you agree with that Whitlock statement?


3 posted on 05/10/2007 7:54:35 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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“Do you agree with that Whitlock statement?”

It’s plausible. I’m not sure, I’m not in the community. But if drugs is part of the culture, an accepted and encouraged part, and the penalties are stiff, it could be counter productive.

It’s been proven in the past, (China and England had an issue over this), that the only cure for a drug problem is to treat the cause. It can be debated whether stiff penalties for individual users is productive.


4 posted on 05/10/2007 8:02:15 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Great column by Jason Whitlock. Thanks for posting.


5 posted on 05/10/2007 8:03:13 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: sageb1

Not necessarily, but in a comprehensive review of his commentaries I see him as someone who believes that those who commit infractions should be held responsible as opposed to many who believe that the guilty are victims.


6 posted on 05/10/2007 8:04:05 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
The problems that black professional athletes are experiencing are a direct reflection of a pervasive problem within black youth hip-hop/prison culture, and that we as black folks need to awake from our denial and confront the negative aspects of this deadly culture before it does any more damage.

A voice in the wilderness.

Most of the panel attacked him for saying this. Same old song and dance from black "leaders."

7 posted on 05/10/2007 8:07:06 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: brownsfan

The cause is a big issue. I guess it just seemed to me that Whitlock is still relying on the blame someone else tactics.


8 posted on 05/10/2007 8:10:12 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

The problem is that police aren’t going in their homes to bust them for smoking weed in their basement. They are almost always getting in an altercation at a club or driving like maniacs. Lo and behold, shockingly they have drugs on them.

They have pratically busted the whole WWE for steroids. It’s really common today.


9 posted on 05/10/2007 8:13:37 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: SkyPilot
The problems that black professional athletes are experiencing are a direct reflection of a pervasive problem within black youth hip-hop/prison culture, and that we as black folks need to awake from our denial and confront the negative aspects of this deadly culture before it does any more damage.

Baseball has it's own problems but has remained relatively free of the hip hop culture and the violence associated with it. Personally I think it has a lot to do with the lack of instant success in baseball. When you really have to work for something it makes it much more valuable and worth keeping.
10 posted on 05/10/2007 8:14:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: sageb1

“The cause is a big issue. I guess it just seemed to me that Whitlock is still relying on the blame someone else tactics.”

I think if you evaluate the total of his writing, and what he’s said in the past, you’d see it otherwise.

I’ll agree, that statement could be construed that way. But context is everything. Look at what Whitlock says over and over again: The black culture is being poisoned with the hip hop/jail elements. It’s time for blacks to stand up, acknowledge they are in control of their own problems, and fix them.

Not quite the standard victim fare that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Spike Lee, etc, are pushing.


12 posted on 05/10/2007 8:18:50 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: sageb1

To be fair, Whitlock walked out of radio shows he had on 2 sports stations here in KC, and seemed to be marginalized by ESPN. This does have a way to keep his name up there.

What is truly amazing is that the KC Red Star printed this. One of their editoral board, Lewis Diugud, whines about race in every column he writes. He’ll probably blast Whitlock and call him an Uncle Tom after this column.


13 posted on 05/10/2007 8:20:10 AM PDT by RabidBartender (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kerMm0HG1mk)
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“What is truly amazing is that the KC Red Star printed this. One of their editoral board, Lewis Diugud, whines about race in every column he writes. “

Common. It’s one reason I quit taking the Akron Beacon Journal.


14 posted on 05/10/2007 8:21:50 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: RabidBartender

Thanks for the extra info.


15 posted on 05/10/2007 8:21:50 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
I've followed Whitlock for about 10 years. (I live in the KC area)
While initially I didn't like him very much I have grown to, at least, respect him.
He doesn't pull his punches for no reason. He can take, as well as give, criticism. He has correctly divined a large problem in the black community and he has no qualms with talking about it.
16 posted on 05/10/2007 8:29:21 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

These black athletes have money and every advantage since they have made it in sports. They beat the odds, so now they are going to throw it all away on something stupid? You would think that their teams would drive home the risks and make sure they understand. Do they think they are above the law?


17 posted on 05/10/2007 8:32:20 AM PDT by Bookwoman
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To: edpc

Ever been to Virgil’s —— it’s as white as bbq can get.


18 posted on 05/10/2007 8:32:57 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

He made his point which means as far as he’s concerned it was all worthwhile.


19 posted on 05/10/2007 9:34:39 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: edpc

What th...?
You think BBQ is a racial thing? You need to get out more.


20 posted on 05/10/2007 10:09:54 AM PDT by gcruse
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You need to get out more

No argument there.

21 posted on 05/10/2007 11:17:55 AM PDT by edpc (Nothing to see here folks......move along......)
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To: wtc911; gcruse

Right....because there have never been jokes made about ribs. I guess it’s the 2006 loss and fatigue from the early 2008 campaign; but this place is becoming decidedly humorless.


22 posted on 05/10/2007 4:16:19 PM PDT by edpc (Nothing to see here folks......move along......)
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To: edpc

If it had been Virgil’s Rib Joint, maybe. But BBQ carries not such connotation.


23 posted on 05/10/2007 5:50:21 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: edpc

mmmmmm

ribs.

You know what they say, once you go BBQ, you never go back.


24 posted on 05/13/2007 5:13:48 PM PDT by LaLaLaLola
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