The state of Alabama – and the Southern states in general – is universally mocked by the rest of the nation. Inhabitants of more cultured, cosmopolitan regions of the nation are incredulous to learn that people actually wear shoes.
|Cam Newton and his sea of white fans|
Most people would believe that the only reason to even mention the state of Alabama in polite conversation is when the topic of college football comes up. Auburn University and the University of Alabama are both football powerhouses and represent the finest exports the state has to offer the rest of the union.
We have stated before that sports offer the best examples of Black people excelling in America and without the ability to entertain the masses, the entire apparatus known as Black Run America (BRA) crumbles to the ground.
If college football is the opiate of America, then the citizens of Alabama are the biggest drug abusers in the nation.
Sports fuel the dwindling power cells that keep BRA operational and removing the few remaining positive examples of Black people would be catastrophic, especially in the state of Alabama.
Jefferson County –home to Birmingham- sputters along under the stewardship of increasingly corrupt Black politicians. Huntsville, once the place where men dared dream of venturing further into space, is now the glorious home of Youtube’s greatest sensation — Antoine Dodson.
Reasons for the degradation and decline of these cities shouldn’t be difficult to ascertain, though people assiduously avoid mentioning the unmentionable and instead move away from the problem. Inherent in this strategy is that the problem will eventually move to where you retreat to and perpetuate a vicious cycle that is repeated in every metropolitan area.
But in those areas of eternal suffering reside potential heroes, prized recruits whose ability on the football trumps all of the inability they have in the classroom. Auburn and Alabama rely prodigiously on Black athletes in football and basketball, though each school boasts tragically small enrollments of Black students working toward a degree.
It is the dexterity of Black athletes that dissuades normal white people from speaking to the never-ending horrors constantly being perpetrated by this group of people. Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile and other cities are havens for criminality and hotbeds for potential star football recruits.
Because of the insatiable desire to field winning football teams, the citizens of Alabama have no problem conforming to the lifestyles, mores and manners of their prized recruits. One story paints a vivid picture on why this is:
Auburn school officials are standing by a policy prohibiting basketball players from wearing their hair in braids.
The provision prompted a racial discrimination lawsuit by the family of Auburn University assistant football coach Trooper Taylor on behalf of his son. The suit is expected to go to court Dec. 21 in Montgomery.
Taylor’s son, Blaise Taylor, has been prevented from playing for the junior varsity basketball team because of his hairstyle.
The Taylors filed a federal lawsuit alleging basketball coach Frank Tolbert’s policy is racially discriminatory since it singles out a hairstyle almost exclusively worn by black players.
Auburn University is enjoying unprecedented success in football this year, thanks in large part to the play of JUCO-transfer Cam Newton. Once enrolled at the University of Florida, Newton left after Tim Tebow announced he would be returning for his senior year. Tales of academic fraud and stolen laptops surround the Heisman Trophy winner, but his ability on the football field forgives all past transgressions.
His father-Cecil Newton- tried unsuccessfully to shop his son’s services around in a pay-for-play scheme, though Auburn is currently free of any potential wrongdoing. Demanding $180,000 for Newton’s presence, Mr. Newton (a pastor from College Park) has been disgraced, though Auburn alumni and fans have circled the wagons in support of his son.
Auburn is no stranger to probation, having been nailed a number of times in the past for paying players most notably one Eric Ramsey. The source of an interesting 60 minutes special in the early 90s, Ramsey said the Black players are treated like slaves and used for their athletic ability only:
Ramsey never set out to expose illegal payments to athletes. What prompted the tapings were years worth of complaints by several players about the condescending treatment of black football players at Auburn by the coaching staff, which at the time included one African-American. Ramsey brought his tape recorder on the field to capture conversations and statements. In the process of taping, Ramsey also captured the improper transactions.
I didn’t need Eric Ramsey to tell me about the paternalism and subtle racism in athletic programs, but his tapes provided the proof. These cracks in the system are repeatedly apparent: a smattering of black head coaches, one or two administrators. Too many players rolled up, spit out and never re-absorbed by the athletic system while their white counterparts become athletics directors, general managers, coaches or successful entrepreneurs within the athletic establishment.
Infamously, one coach in the tapes Ramsey recorded says the white alumni cheer for him but have no problem using pejorative terms behind his –and other Black players- back:
Ramsey said he was stunned when the booster told him white fans who cheered him so vociferously were referring to him with racial epithets behind his back. “Eric, that’s the real world.”
White alumni of every major college in America want to see their alma mater succeed, and the belief that only Black athletes are capable of achieving this goal has fueled schools to recruit primarily Black players (the University of Florida’s 2010 recruiting class had no white players). The conference that once refused to integrate – the Southeastern Conference (SEC) – now provides scores of athlete-students the opportunity to promote positive examples of Black people.
Indeed it was the perceived need of Black athletes in the late 1960s and early 1970s that brought about integration in the first place and slowly helped mature race relations. Legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant even stated that a football game against USC (an integrated team) where the Trojans trounced the all-white Crimson Tide did more for integration than anything Martin Luther King ever did.
And who are these athletes that both schools rely heavily on? The same ones that are being targeted in Selma for failing to wear belts:
People who wear sagging pants in Selma could end up paying a fine and doing community service work.
The Selma City Council voted 5-2 to ban sagging pants that fall more than three inches below the hips.
District Attorney Michael Jackson urged the council to approve the pants ordinance. He said it will make people feel freer to tell young people to pull up their pants.
Councilman Samuel Randolph said the new ordinance is close to racial profiling because it is geared toward minority teenagers.
The district attorney told the Selma Times-Journal that enforcement will require common sense, but someone showing underwear and skin is wearing their pants too low.
The ordinance provides fines of up to $100 for a juvenile and $200 for an adult.
Belts are infrequently worn accessories in the Black community and they help symbolize the inability of assimilation. The talents of potential Black athletes require a toleration of a myriad of unique cultural mores, and sagging is but one of them.
The burning down of a Christmas tree is another:
The Grinch may have stolen Christmas, but in Birmingham it was copper thieves who torched a Christmas tree in downtown’s Linn Park.
Birmingham police are investigating the early morning incident where copper thieves took decorations off the holiday display and burned down the tree. Officials say the incident occurred around 4 a.m. Thieves took off the lights and used gasoline to separate the plastic from the copper, resulting in the apparent accidental tree torching.
Public works crews this morning took down the charred remains of the holiday display.
The 35-foot tall Norwegian Spruce came from North Carolina and won’t be replaced.
Melvin Miller, city parks and recreation director, said this is the first time there has been any major damage to the display.
“It’s not good. It kind of dampens the seasons, but we still know what this season is all about. It’s not about a tree,” Miller said. “This is the first time that has ever happened. We’ve had ornaments taken from the tree but nothing like this.”
The race of the Christmas tree saboteurs is not disclosed (nor known), but like the Killing Fields of Birmingham, it’s safe to reasonably conclude the ethnicity of the arsonists.
Shoes are worn in the south, though most people around the country wouldn’t believe it. Though many people will refuse to believe it, the southern states also offer the most poignant example of why the nation is held hostage by the idea of BRA (think of the University of Mississippi being forced to accommodate Black recruits by abandoning all of the schools traditions).
Without sports, no positive examples of Black could be found; ESPN being unable blast highlight reels of dunks, long runs or other exploits of athletes on a continuous basis. Instead the local nightly news would provide an honest appraisal of the tragically pathetic state of Black America.
We once wrote the south should be left. The people are woefully hooked upon a therapeutic soma, a diversion from reality of which they can never escape. The state of Alabama provides the best example, with two white universities relying on Black athletes to succeed, thereby ensuring that all the problems pervasive in the state will go unaddressed.
1969 was the year white America gave up, capitulating to the demands of Black collegiate football players the nation over. We all reside in the aftermath of this decision, a world where imaginary Black farmers are awarded billions, the perpetrators of crimes are never mentioned in news stories because of the obvious patterns that would emerge and where a potential $48 billion will be distributed to the residents of inner-cities in a bid to stimulate the local economies (read reparations).
We know people don’t like to read the sports stories on this Web site, but they help explain the situation facing all Americans better than any story we can find.
And no story illustrates this situation better than the state of Alabama and the drug addicts found there.