The guy calls every two to three months.
He calls just to remind me that despite my successes in life that I am still a nigger.
He calls because I hate white people and I’ve never defended a white athlete in my columns. He calls because black athletes are ignorant and covet white women. He calls to remind me that I am stupid and that I am taking a job away from a smarter and more qualified white guy. And he knows for a fact that I have four children on the East side by two or three baby mommas because that is what we do.
The guy has been leaving messages on my Detroit News voice mail for about five years. I do not hang up. I do not cut the messages short. I listen to every single hate-filled word because it acts as a reminder that we have not totally overcome. He is not the only one, but this guy is the main one. Every blue moon I get racial attacks from others.
I’ve been called that word from a passing car. I’ve been called that word in a crowded bar.
I bring this up today because Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward endured hateful, race filled attacks on twitter by Boston Bruins fans after he ended the Bruins Stanley Cup run by scoring the game-winning goal of their series. Ward is black and he did it in a mostly white sport. I often want to get inside the heads of people like this. What’s the point? How did using racial slurs lower your stress and make you feel better?
Locally there was the hate filled letter that was sent to Cass Tech after the Technicians beat Catholic Central in the state championship football game.
People assume that our racial problems are over becuase we elected Barack Obama President of the United States. Well, the man never scored a game winning goal.
Why do we allow skin color to divide us? Do we get mad at the brown M@M? Do we kick a puppy because it is white?
However, there are still too many people that make judgements based on skin color alone.
The only thing I ask is that you judge me on how I treat you. If I am a jerk or do something that upsets you then judge me on that. We need to get beyond skin color. The vast majority of people have. But there are still some stragglers that are hard to reach.
One goal proved my point.