|Peyton’s Place was the end zone in 2010, to the chagrin of Black defenders|
Without sports, it’s incredibly hard to fathom where positive images would come from in the United States of America. With sports, the concept of Black Run America (BRA) was erected.
Without sports, well, we ask again: How would positive images of Black people be supplied?
We have discussed college football supplying the ultimate opiate to America and the predominately white fan base, alumni of nearly all-white institutions are presented with positive images of Black people wearing their school’s uniforms and colors.
Watching Black people represent their schools is the closest many of these alumni will ever come to interacting with Black people and were it not for the necessity of recruiting Black athletes in conferences like the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for the speed and size that whites perceive only Blacks can provide, would Michael Oher be just another causality of Black-on-Black in Memphis?
In 2008 a white running back for Louisiana State University named Jacob Hester led that team to the national title. He was ridiculed for being white by nearly all-Black opposing SEC defenses and questioned why he wasn’t playing for the Air Force Academy.
The Air Force Academy, a team whose former coach once claimed that they needed more Black athletes to compete (Air Force is a school with high academic standards and will not relax them like the Naval Academy to admit more Black students) is a school that looks like Brigham Young University, starting anywhere from 16 – 22 white players at a time.
Lowering standards at major colleges is one of the primary ways to ensure Black athletes can get into school, their grades and standardized scores not on the same level as their athletic ability. This is why Paul Hornung said Notre Dame should lower their standards back in the early 2000s.
White athletes are perceived to not have the same athleticism as Black athletes, though Black athletes routinely fail to graduate when white athletes excel in the classroom.
Players like Tim Tebow and Toby Gerhart were treated as Great White Hopes for playing and succeeding at positions that have come to be reserved for Black players. Tebow, an athletic quarterback (that term is usually used to describe Black players) was constantly derided for his piety and had his ability questioned by NFL scouts who wondered if they would translate positively into the professional ranks.
Gerhart was just derided for being white, which he believed hindered his draft status in the NFL.
Black people are dominant in two professional sports, comprising 80 percent of the NBA rosters and 70 percent of the NFL rosters. This year however, a white running back named Peyton Hillis ran for more than 1,000 yards for the Cleveland Browns.
He was pressed into service only because of injuries to two other Black running backs (something that happened to Brock Forsey, another white running back who played in only a few games for the Chicago Bears in 2003 and was promptly cut though he gained 134 yards in his only start).
Hillis was one of 2010 legitimate surprises, but he shouldn’t have been. In 2008, he ran the ball with authority in starting tailback for the Denver Broncos, though the franchise would play him sparingly in 2009.
Black people dominance of basketball and football has created a paradigm in sports where Blacks are seen as the ultimate definition of athleticism and anytime a white players succeeds is seen primarily as a fluke. White guys aren’t supposed to run the ball or catch it, positions dominated by Black players at both the collegiate and professional level (running back and receiver – a future SBPDL).
With this, let’s move to an interview Hillis recently gave to Dan Patrick:
Peyton Hillis is sort of a rarity in NFL history — a white tailback. While there have been a few prominent ones, including John Riggins and Larry Csonka, they’re the exception rather than the rule.
On The Dan Patrick Show, Hillis said he heard about it every Sunday.
“Every team did it,” he said. “They’ll say, ‘You white boy, you ain’t gonna run on us today. This is ridiculous. Why are you giving offensive linemen the ball?’
“All kinds of stuff like that you hear on the field, but I use that to my advantage. I kind of soaked it in, ate it up a little bit, because I enjoyed it.”
Hillis said he’s been referred to by nicknames such as “The Avalanche” and “White Rhino.”
He also touched on getting overlooked in Denver and his Cleveland breakout.
“In Denver, they just wanted me to play strictly fullback, nothing else. I wasn’t too happy about the situation, but I was trying to be a team player.
“I just wanted to be on the field. It ended up I didn’t play anything at all.”
He continued: “Coach Mangini came up to me before our first game, against the Buccaneers, and said he could see me being a 1,000-yard back. I never had a coach have that much confidence in me before. He helped me out a whole lot on a mental level.”
Once, Black players were told they weren’t smart enough to be quarterbacks. Now, white athletes are told they can’t play virtually any position save quarterback and offensive line.
Those whites who succeed against the stereotype (all whites are slow, right?) are the fodder of taunts from color-conscious Black athletes shocked that a white guy dares challenge them on the field.
Peyton Hillis proved to the world that more white guys should be getting shots, but that a concerted effort is underway to deny white players opportunities to shine in the NFL (and college football).
Perhaps the reason for this is because BRA needs its soldiers — Black athletes — to provide that steady stream positive images for the opiate-addled masses in order to keep them from realizing the enormity of the massive Black underclass in America that subsists solely on government programs.
Either way, expect those Great White Hopes to continue taking scorn and abuse from the entrenched Black athletes. To these Black athletes who poke fun at Hillis for being white, he represents a 21st century Jackie Robinson.
Funny that players like Danny Woodhead, Jon Kuhn and Toby Gerhart have had major success this year from the running back position in the NFL, just as Hillis has had.
Once Black players were stacked at certain positions, such as corner, flanker and and defensive end. Now the deck is so stacked against white players that when a player like Hillis comes along the racially-conscious Black athletes attempt to put him in his place.
White guys aren’t supposed to run over and around them. That’s not part of the “Black guys dominate sports” paradigm.