Football hero likes Trump & won’t kneel. Football hall Of fame Jim Brown told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning that neither President Donald Trump nor America are racist. When asked if Trump was “a racist,” Brown replied: “I’m glad you asked me that. Of course not. Is America racist? Of course not.”
Brown also encouraged black Americans to stop blaming Trump for the high homicide rate because “it’s the black community that needs to address it…and the black community is not doing what it should do.”
The former NFL star suggested black people need to consider the positive and stop pushing the negative. “How many black athletes are millionaires because of..white fans that ago to those games?” He asked.
Firenze Sage: It is pretty hard to denigrate football’s greatest running back and civil rights hero Jim Brown but the carping race baiters were at it full on.
Before the NFL game in Mexico City between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch demonstrated an historic cluelessness.
Lynch, a regular kneeler this year during the playing of the national anthem before the games, actually stood for the Mexican national anthem — before protesting the U.S. flag by taking a knee.
What black football running back Lynch does not know about skin color and racism in Mexico — skin color dominates Mexican society.
Overall, one’s skin color is the major determinant of that person’s place in Mexican society- educationally, occupationally, connection-wise and status-wise. Dating back almost 500 years to when the Spanish conquistadors’ blood began mixing with that of the indigenous population, in Mexico lighter skinned people have been considered to be more desirable, more worthy and more beautiful than darker skinned individuals.
Just take a look at who is employed where. Generally speaking, the most sought after, best, most important and highest paid jobs are disproportionately filled by those that have the lightest skin. Lighter skinned persons dominate such professional fields as medicine, dentistry, engineering and architecture. The same can be said about the upper echelons of politics and in academia. Conversely, the lowest paying jobs and those with the least social status such as housekeepers/maids, construction workers, street vendors, restaurant kitchen workers, and public transportation employees are unfortunately the “birth right” of those with darker skin.
Nowhere is this racial/ethnic discriminatory dichotomy in Mexico more visually apparent than in the worlds of entertainment and advertising. In the country’s numerous and popular telenovas/soap operas usually the lead roles are portrayed by light skinned performers with darker skinned persons normally portraying “subservient” roles as maids, cooks or gardeners or “villains” such as criminals.
How could that running back not know? Get a bite to eat for an hour in any small taco/ burrito shop in the U.S. with Mexican music and TV playing. One does not have to go to Mexico to see how light skin is depicted via TV.
Firenze Sage: It is not racism that is the problem. Let us start with ignorance.