Sep 23, 2011

I'm pretty sure a lot of y'all are surprised at the fact that black people even play hockey, but I'm asking you to get over your initial shock and proceed to read about what the NHL calls a “stupid and ignorant” display of racism.

There was at least one fan that threw a banana (yes a banana, because you know some of them still consider us monkeys. How creative...SMH) at black Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during a shootout attempt. Simmonds still managed to score on his attempt, although the Flyers ended up losing that preseason game to the Detroit Red Wings in front of a neutral-site crowd in London, Ontario.

Here is what Wayne Simmonds had to say about the incident:

"I don’t know if it had anything to do with the fact I’m black,” the Toronto native said. “I certainly hope not. When you’re black, you kind of expect (racist) things. You learn to deal with it.”

Simmonds acknowledged the banana rattled him, and his only thought was to get off a shot — which went in for the Flyers’ only score in the shootout.

“It shocked me and knew I had to keep going and get a shot off,” he said. “It was certainly unusual.”

I guess it would have shocked me too had someone had the audacity to throw a damn banana at me. This is the first I heard about an NHL player getting a banana thrown at them, but I am very familiar with the practice during European soccer games. The fans in Europe are notorious for throwing bananas at the black players over there.

My girl LovelyLocks summed up this story perfectly in her comment:

Hmmm so I guess the white folks really are mad... give a little black boy a golf club and he'll be the youngest player ever to win the Masters... give 2 little black girls tennis rackets and braid their hair up and they'll win over 20 grand slam titles.... teach a little black boy to ice skate and it's inevitble he'll take over hockey...LOL

Sums up my thoughts exactly!


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