THE RACIST MADE A POINT…. LIKE IT OR NOT!
IN THE RECENT and very controversial Donald Sterling interview with CNN’S Anderson Cooper, the 80-year-old billionaire Los Angeles Clippers’ owner, who has been banned from the NBA for life because of his racist rants that were taped unbeknownst to him and exposed by TMZ, had the nerve to slam retired NBA Superstar/philanthropist and businessman Magic Johnson for not giving back or helping black people, as well as other wealthy blacks who do nothing for other blacks. Sterling is a racist for sure…even though he claims not to be. However, when he accused wealthy blacks of not helping one another like Jewish people do, folks got angry. I got angry because he definitely criticized the athlete who has done more for the black community and the sad plight of life in the inner city than most of your rich ballers.
Johnson, through his foundation, has provided many jobs due to his various businesses and has made people far more aware of the AIDS epidemic in this country since being diagnosed 20 years ago.
BUT GIVEN THE HIGH numbers of African American multi-millionaire NBA, NFL, rappers and entertainers in this country, I am inclined to believe that Sterling pointed out a truth about our rich blacks. Folks used to always say that “black folks are like crabs in a barrel…always trying to pull each other down.” Quite frankly, I think rich blacks are a minority in a minority and they want that elite circle to stay small and selective so they can gloat and show off to the world that they are somebody. That is why a young rapper will strut his rich butt into a Bentley dealership (most likely owned by a non-African American) and proudly drop a bag full of cash in the hundreds of thousand to buy a car…..but u will most likely not see him go into an inner city school and do the same to buy computers, books, school uniforms, busses to safely transport the kids, provide security guards to protect our kids, etc. I applaud the few African American celebs such as Magic, Oprah, Bill Cosby, John Rogers and the like who have shared their wealth for the benefit of others…I just know these black sports balling folks, who comprise the majority of players on these teams…are not doing their part….or they are probably doing just enough for tax purposes….or are just busy trying to show who has the most toys, things and bling! Kanye’s name should be on a building somewhere instead of his just spending huge amounts of money with other folks such as the already rich, white jeweler that he bought Kim’s ring from! I guarantee you he is not throwing any cash to a black business for his lavish upcoming wedding!
THERE SHOULD BE A school or a homeless shelter or a pantry or some type of facility in every inner city community bearing the name of a Tiger Woods or a Kobe Bryant or a LeBron James or a Michael Jordan because they financed the facility to help underprivileged blacks…just like other communities do in order to strengthen their people. And I know that some rich athletes think they are doing something awesome by sponsoring a basketball, baseball or football camp for young people every year…but we all know very few of those kids will develop skills to become rich athletes and the average inner city child cannot afford those camps….not unless they get a freebie!
I WROTE A COLUMN A FEW YEARS AGO about the need for wealthy blacks to adopt inner city schools because there is an old saying that “It takes a village to raise a child.” I say, “It takes one wealthy villager to raise and help educate a village of children.”
I BELIEVE that rich blacks should do more…and not just strive to be on “The Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous” or “The Fabulous Life of…”. I know some of you are thinking, “she got some nerve talking out of other folks’ pockets!”. Yes…I do have the nerve …I say turn in one of those lamborghinis for a shelter with your name on it!
YEAH, I said it….Stella in the city!