"What year is this again," is how the email started that my good friend, Tony R., from D.C. sent me along with a link to an article. Now any time Tony sends me an email I know it's going to be something that is going to make my head hurt or my pressure go up. You see Tony is the same person that informed me of the Trayvon Martin case well before the mainstream media was reporting on the subject matter. So I take his emails very seriously. Tony is what I describe as my very own Dr. Tim Wise. He's one of the white brethren who really gets the complexity of white supremacy in this country. So when he sends me something, I know to pay attention.
I clicked on the link and it took me to an article highlighting the racist tweets that were sent out after a black hockey player scored a game-winning goal during the NHL playoffs. Now because I don't watch hockey, I was completely oblivious to the fact that the NHL was even having their playoffs.
I read the article and sorry to say I wasn't that surprised about the racist tweets that were sent out about Joel Ward, the black hockey player that scored the winning goal. I guess I'm more surprised that other people are surprised and shocked that this stuff still happens.
There is no place where racism and ignorance is on display more than the internet. The cloak anonymity gives some people cajones they ordinarily wouldn't have when it comes to some of the racist stuff they tweet or post on a person's website. Just look to your right and you'll see that post that I wrote in 2008 on the 'N-Word' is still the most popular post on my site and please don't even get me started on the comments in that post.
This is the world in which we live in. As much as people want it to go away, racism and ignorance is here to stay. You know why? Because racist and ignorant people keep having children and spreading that B.S. to them. That's how the cycle continues.
I remember what Wayne Simmonds, also a black hockey player, said when he had a banana peel thrown at him during a hockey game.
"When you're a black man playing in a predominantly white man's sport, you've got to come to expect things like that," Simmonds said at the time. "Over the past 23 years of my life, I've come to expect some things like that. But I'm older and more mature now, I kind of just left things roll off [my back]. I try not to think about stuff like that."
I just wonder why these types of things never happen when it comes to white players participating in predominantly black sports. I never heard a white player say you have to come to expect racist stuff when you are a white man playing a predominantly black sport. Why is that?
Click here if you care to read some of the racist things that were said about Joel Ward after he scored that winning goal.
I don't watch hockey, but ti's stories like this that makes me reconsider. I'll watch it just to support the brother.