Black Men Stop Being So Sensitive!!!
In Light of the recent Phil Jackson comments calling Lebron James business partners/friends, his “POSSE”. And the criticism that Cam Newton gets for stating that he doesn’t get the calls that other elite QB’s get. Not to mention your regular business executives/workers and the issues that they see regularly but do not mention for fear of being labeled sensitive or trouble makers. Black men are in a classic catch-22 position, sensitive if they do, dammed if they don’t
I listen to a lot of talk radio. In the Lebron case many people were saying, what’s the big deal? Phil Jackson didn’t mean anything by calling his group a posse. From their point of view the meaning of posse is just a group that shares the same ideas or interest. Why is he is upset over that, doesn’t he and his associates share the same interest? In definition they are correct, in theory, they are correct, but as we all know we don’t live life in theory or definition. Especially as a black man in corporate America, unfortunately there are messages behind the words. My question to Phil supporters in this case would be, How would have Phil Jackson referred to Trump’s sons? How would he address Michael Phelps and his friends? I highly doubt that he would refer to them as a posse. But by Lebron addressing this concern people want to say he is being sensitive. In my opinion, Lebron wasn’t even responding for himself or his friends, I feel he was responding for other black men who do not have a voice or platform to get this conversation in the forefront. I have said it before and I will say it again, many people really don’t even realize that their words or actions are offensive and insensitive. While writing this I just read in the NY daily news how a Dr. making 360, 000 a year just posted on her FB account that First Lady Michelle Obama had a monkey face and spoke poor Ebonics. And in the same post said she is not a racist.
Lastly, it reminded me of my first job experience where I felt I had a good relationship with my supervisor a GANNETT newspaper on 42nd street back in 1990. I felt he was a solid fair individual and always gave me little bonuses and tips. The only problem was he always called me slick. I was a young guy so I didn’t really pay too much attention to it but as I think back on it that was horrible. I never voiced any displeasure and he sure never apologized as neither of us thought anything was wrong with it. So I think bringing attention to issues like this is always appropriate because it may help to see how insensitive some things really are. When we don’t talk about them we continue to allow these issues to be ELEPHANTS in the room. So I encourage black men to continue to voice displeasure over such issues and lets continue the dialogue to expose, discuss and correct such issues. I believe that is a much better solution, that works better than bringing our posses up to handle it.