He Got Game?

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  1. We

    We Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    One writer asserts that many Black athletes and so-called intellectuals alike insist that the "black athletic aesthetic" is an important element of black culture?

    Further, he contends that our "sport fixation" transcends mere spectatorship, it is also the compulsion to demonstrate this athletic ability; and basketball, of course, is the black sport par excellence. Even for many Black professionals, the ablility to play basketball at a respectable level is a matter of self-respect.


    How many times have you been out with your friends and one starts dribbling and shooting and imaginary ball on an imaginary court? (Funny, when you think about it, right?)

    How many of us would deride a so-called Black man who could not play basketball?

    Does our community have a so-called "sports fixation" and if so, what are the consequences?



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    Unfortunately, yes, and detrimental.

    Fascination with sports is nothing new; various groups take interest in various sports (soccer in Latin America and Europe, Hockey in white Northern America, etc).

    However, our fixation with sports and entertainment is an artificially bloated one, meant to keep our minds distracted from intellectual, political, economical, and cultural endeavors.

    We pride ourselves in taking over virtually all aspects of sports, yet this pride is akin to a grown man learning to fold a paper airplane for the first time.

    Why is it that everyone else except us, can take pride in holding a monopoly in intellectual endeavors?

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    There are those intellecutuals who regard basketball (more broadly, sport) as an intergral component of Afrikan culture; exalting athleticism. (Gerald Early, Amiri Baraka, Michael Eric Dyson)

    While others view it as a more of a diversion from serious race matters. (Harry Edwards, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Robeson)

    Do you believe that physical prowess represents the essence of the Afrikan manhood in a way other forms of expression cannot?

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    It seems to me that white men are more fixated with sports than any other group in this nature.

    They can't play sports but they are the #1 fans cheering athletes on in the stadiums or at home munching on pizza and beer shouting and making a mess of the living room.

    Black men basicly do it for fun and excercise...but white men tend to be obsessed.
     
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    This is because whitemen measure up socially, and financially, but not quite physically, so they sit back and obsess over the one thing Black men beat them at. BTW, in WM's eyes, they view sports as a symbolic attempt of black males gaining world control. If they have the physical ability, then, without guns and weapons, BM would fight, take over, and have the whole world in his hands. Back in the colonial days, masters would put the heaviest/most virile men, and watch them tear each others' heads off, literally. The sports arena is just a high-tech, money-makin' version of it. There were sports competition in Africa, but never for huge financial gain, nor explloitation.:bball:
     
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    In Europe sports where viewed as a type of military training. To teach soldiers to work together as a team and coordinate. There is much truth to this observation. Also the nature of weapons is to make up for one's physical inferiority.
     
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    You know, for a long time I considered that and thought I may have been the only one with those observations.

    Being less developed sexually might cause men of a community be insecure and jealous around men outside of thier community and be overly protective and suspicious of their women.

    Being unable to rely on one's natural physic to defend one's self would cause you to constantly develop more deadly and effective weapons to easily win your battles rather than having to rely on natural masculine strength.


    To such a people with those insecure self-esteem problem, perhaps just dwelling in harmony period may seem to risky.
    They feel the must ALWAYS have the upper hand just to be comfortable.
     
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    peace,

    was this same ? asked when the sport was ALL WHITE & blacks were not allowed?

    sports is simply a way for our people too vent their emotional frustrations, whether Concious or Sub. Just like Music I.E. Rap/Hip Hop...........& just like your example above when whites saw how we used it too get our message across they changed da rules too the game..........

    so too answer your ?

    Yeah, HE/white man got game.......................
     
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