I don’t know what kind of alternative universe Jalen Rose has been occupying but he’s one confused man. I could label him a racist and walk away, but there’s a bit more to it than that. He’s also classist, paternalistic and well….stupid. In my opinion. In case you’re thinking he’s a white male – he’s not! He’s black!
Two-parent African American families are in fact an endangered species.
“To hint that those who grew up in a household with a mother and father are somehow less black than those who did not is beyond ridiculous.”
That’s a quote from NBA Star Grant Hill in response to Jalen Rose’s nonsensical rantings that was published in this New York Time’s article. Perhaps Tim Wise can have a chat with him about the nuances of the mental acrobatics and soul sickness people like him have to endure to come up with such nonsense! He might listen to an explanation of his racist outlook better if it came from someone white.
Thanks to one of my readers for bringing this to my attention as I’ve now bumped my scheduled post to discuss this teachable moment. I don’t usually pay attention to what the boys who play with balls are up to because well….their antics usually raise my ire, but this is different.
If you’re interested in knowing who Rose is here’s his Wiki link. I don’t see anything special other than the fact he made a lot of money for colleges and professional sports teams. There’s a documentary about his career. Big whoop. Except…. here’s a little blurb that is interesting:
Rose’s biological father Jimmy Walker was a former #1 overall pick who started in the backcourt alongside Jerry West in an NBA All-Star game at one point in his career. Walker died in July 2007 of lung cancer. Although they eventually spoke several times over the phone, Rose never met his father in person.
Now we have our answer for his continued antagonism. Rose was a cast-off kid with a sperm donor “daddy”. This is rather typical deviant behavior displayed by the majority of black males in this country who abandon their children. See the CDC for the majority out of wedlock birth rates (or pull up my archives) that I’ve discussed for more three years. We don’t need to rehash that conversation.
Rose was discussing a rival team’s recruiting practices of selecting players (black players in particular) who came from more stable backgrounds and had a mommy AND a daddy at home. He included a major haterade-fueled swipe at Grant Hill and others. I’d be jealous too if I’d been ignored by a man that was supposed to love and care for me and had to compete against other players who were just as good (or better since Duke never lost against his team) AND had happier childhoods. Not to say that Rose’s mother didn’t try her best, but it’s gotta hurt to know peers who have daddies who are there for them…and you don’t.
So, I learned something new in the fact that schools like Duke had already noticed the downward spiral of dysfunction way back in the 80-90’s and wanted to avoid problems by not recruiting players like Rose in favor of players like Hill. I’m not going to say anything about the Lacrosse team! In case you weren’t aware Grant Hill is one of the few professional ballers who not only came from a stable home, but his parents have standards that they’ve instilled in their son that are useful to him to this day. Not only that but his parents worked very hard to achieve their success. Mr. Hill graduated from Yale and was a frat brother of George Bush’s – so they are well-established and not from the ‘hood.
Grant has publicly responded to Jalen’s
jealousy remarks in a thoughtful manner. He has as always, spoken very highly of his parents. He has much to be proud of. It was actually beneficial that Rose did put his foot in his mouth so publicly because we have further examples to distinguish normal behavior from the zombies. This is such typical black on black racism and classism that follows the usual devaluation of pride and dignity. Blacks who use standard English are “talking white”. Black women who want to be treated well are “expecting too much”. It’s okay for a guy to “holla at you” in the middle of the street.
This is about values. We will continue to distinguish who we are and who we aren’t regardless of similar phenotype and melanin content. There are “those people” and there’s “us”. We may look the same but we have nothing in common with each other and need to separate.
Pearls of wisdom from Janet McDonald Hill:
“You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.”
Mrs. Hill met the former First Lady and current Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton while they were both students at Wellelsey by the way. Doesn’t this all tie together nicely for Black Women’s History Month?!
Transgriot wrote a nice post about Grant’s amazing mama a few years ago that you should read – http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2007/02/janet-hill.html