I got called a nigger, coon and shuffling black bastard all in the same day. It happened in the same hour as a matter of fact. It would have bothered me a few years ago. Now I am used to it.
So what mean and nasty thing did I do? I train with a white woman. And I dance with a white woman and obviously some people have a problem with it.
The first message came from a black trainer in Detroit who claims he works at Power House gym. He is angry that I train with Melissa Borden who has a gym in Dearborn. You should have heard his voice. He was so angry he could barely speak. But he called me a sell out. He said women don’t know how to train a man and that I was “better off fat than thinner.” He said at least when I was fat and out of shape I had some integrity.
This is not the first time I’ve heard this. I’ve now been contacted by five black trainers who are angry with my choice of trainers. The funny thing is nobody came to my aid when I really needed them. I had back problems and posted it on facebook. I even missed a radio show because the pain was so severe. Melissa volunteered to help. She has some technique to ease the pain. It worked. She helped. She became my girl after that.
When she found out I had diabetes she volunteered to help again and is a major reason why my blood sugar levels have remained below diabetic levels for nearly three years. So what was I supposed to do? Say thanks for all your help Mel. Now I am going to finish it off with a black trainer.
The other Melissa is Melissa Rollins, one of the best dance instructors in Detroit. She was paired with me in Dancing with our Local Stars. This white guy who calls me from time to time was livid. He called me every racist name in the book, many dating back to slavery days.
He also called Melissa a nigger lover and blasted both of us. He said this is one reason why the country is going down. Black males and white females. It is not natural and we should both die a slow death because of it. He too was angry and his voice kept rising until the tape on my answering service with The Detroit News ran out.
It comes with the territory. We talk about how every thing is good in this country. But I get called a nigger once a month. It is almost like a woman’s period. You know it is coming. You just don’t know when.
And then I have to hear from some folks in Detroit who say I am not black enough for them. I don’t live in Detroit. Everybody in my inner circle is not black and I even got blasted by this black dude who said I make too much money and I do not donate to inner city causes.
I asked him how he knows that. His reply. “I just know and no matter what you tell me I know you are lying.”
Stupid comes in all colors and it also comes with the territory if you are in my business.