I watched him play while I was growing up, I cheered when he was elected to the Hall of Fame, I defended him when the homosexual rumors surfaced, and I thought he was arguably the best point guard in the history of the game. Today, I revoke my status as an Isiah Thomas fan. His openly racist remarks concerning how he would react to white men calling a black woman the "b" word versus a black man in the same situation clearly highlights the real race problem in this country today.
Just so we're clear, it is never right to call a woman by that name, and I am the type of man who would stop a total stranger in his tracks if I ever heard him doing it to his woman. I don't play when it comes to respect for women, which is why I don't listen to all the Hooked on Phonics rappers who use it. (that, and the notion that you can repeat 6 words 75 times and call it a song offends my aesthetic side).
Thomas claims his words were misinterpreted, as do many who discover they have said something stupid. How can you misinterpret the fact that he feels differently between white and black men who use the "b" word to describe a black woman? Does this mean he would fight a white man but merely say something to a black man? Or maybe say nothing at all as a way of showing up white men in a racist way, knowing that he can cry racism if the white man reacts in a way he doesn't like?
I'll say it again: 400 years in slavery, as abominable as it was, does not entitle you to a double standard or the right to practive reverse racism. As a white man, I don't tolerate racism from anyone no matter their color, and I'm the first one to call someone on it. I simply refuse to let it happen, and quite frankly if you think you can practice it on me we will be fighting. Because the only thing I can't stand more than racist people is stupid people.
One refreshing thing about all this is that Al Sharpton is finally acting as though he is not a racist himself. After the Don Imus incident, I wrote that I felt Sharpton was focusing too much on white people while ignoring all the idiots of his own race. While I can still apply that assessment to Jesse Jackson, I have found a new respect for Sharpton, who has threatened to picket Madison Square Garden unless Thomas apologizes.
Here's hoping he keeps his word.
BOXING FINALLY LOADS A PPV CARD
On a lighter note, the powers that be in boxing have finally decided to make a PPV card worth buying. If you'll remember, I had written about this in an earlier blog about how PPV cards needed to be changed to justify the $49.95 price tag. Now, one the Cotto/Mosley undercard there will be Antonio Margarito, Joel Casamayor and Victor Ortiz. While neither will be fighting top competition and all will be heavily favored, it's a step in the right direction. Keep it up.
Until next time.