Man’s Game: The Courage of Jason Collins

We are nothing as people if we aren’t ourselves.

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

— Polonius, Hamlet

DETROIT (JSC) — Good evening people. I’d like to start this off by saying that I’m a 33-year-old journalist. I’m black. I’m from Detroit. And I’m heterosexual. I’m sure that will come as a shock to basically none of the 12-15 people who actually read my regular musings on this blog. I decided to follow the lead of my now world famous namesake, Jason Collins, and just put it out there. The “news” that dropped today hit like a sledgehammer to the heads of a lot of tried and true “real men” out there. To me, and a the vast majority of people, it was a watershed moment and long-awaited. It’s 2013. Let’s not be naive enough to think that there haven’t been gay players in the NBA or NFL or MLB or the NHL. But the funny thing about someone coming clean about their sexuality, it brings out the Dinder Mifflins and dodo birds who actually think that how they feel about who someone else loves actually carries weight. Welp, I’m here to square a few things away right now. Let’s Go.

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Fear of a Black President II: You Must Learn…

♦ Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Step In The Classroom…♦

“An Educated Man is Always The Most Dangerous. Why do you think people try so hard to keep us dumb?”

—Christine Smith, aka Mom Dukes.

DETROIT — When I was in high school, oh so many years ago, every day before third hour  we would sit in class and watch this mini-newscast called Channel 1. Channel 1 usually talked about the major stories of the previous day and was anchored by a couple of familiar names: Lisa Ling and Anderson Cooper. It lasted between 5 and 10 minutes, and it was mainly a waste of the first few minutes of class. When we would have guest speakers in class, usually city officials or someone giving a special presentation, it would usually hold our attention for about 5-15 minutes, before we were off in our own world (I would usually be writing poetry, or drawing up football plays). However, if the President of the United States (who at the time was Bill Clinton) wanted to come speak to us, or  had an important message for the nation’s students, I can guarantee it would’ve been met with anything ranging from approval from parents to random indifference. Same thing would’ve applied to any of the other presidents of my lifetime: Carter, Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. Strangely though, when President Barack Obama decided to give an opening day speech to the nation’s students about the importance of education, something that everyone not named Sarah Palin claims they are in agreement is a positive thing, it kicked off another edition of the fake outrage machine, this time driven by the right wing-nuts Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, and the rest of the Republican Party and sponsored by News Corp and Fox News. And of course, thousands fell for it. Continue reading Fear of a Black President II: You Must Learn…