Nigger, Shut Up and Play

The brilliance, honesty and reserved anger in which W.E.B. Du Bois summons in “The Souls of Black Folks” is magnanimous. There is a passage where the Judge unleashes his racism, through what is deemed as charity, when he speaks to John. Demeaningly, he says:

“You know I’m a friend to your people. I’ve helped you and your family, and would have done more if you hadn’t got the notion of going off. Now I like the colored people, and sympathize with all their reasonable aspirations; but you and I both know, John, that in this country the Negro must remain subordinate, and can never expect to be the equal of white men. In their place , your people can be honest and respectful; and God knows, I’ll do what I can to help them. But, when they want to reverse nature, and rule white men, and marry white women, and sit in my parlor, then, by God! we’ll hold them under if we have to lynch every Nigger in the land.”

These very sentiments are echoed weekly, if not daily, by the sitting person in the white house. They are often camouflaged in coded language for white supremacist, but they “present” just the same . Oddly, but not surprisingly, many have chosen to agree with him as he speaks disdain against athletes choosing to protest. You read the comments: these athletes need to appreciate that we buy their merchandise and afford them the opportunity to have their lavish lifestyles.

Ultimately, what this translate to is : Nigger shut-up and play.

Du Bois was right when he said there was this “amused contempt” that was connected with double consciousness.

Tebow: Enough said…

This dude Tebow, I admit is a great example of what character can bring to professional sports. He is a less than average professional quarterback but he is an above average dude of character. I have been a fan of the dude mainly because of his character. I was was excited for the dude when they beat the Steelers in the playoffs a couple of years ago.  I thought he got a raw deal when he went to the Jets for a whole lot of reasons. Then he gets cut because in all honesty, he is not a very good NFL quarterback.

My issue with the dude is that instead of him being humble and accepting the fact that he should move past being a quarterback, he continues to strive toward such a move. He says his dream was always to be a quarterback in the NFL, well my man you did that and now it is time to move to full back or tight end. Your NFL career will last longer in one of those roles. Your have put in a lot of work but you just do not have the tools to do the job at this point in the quarterback role..

There is another guy from the SEC that played quarterback in college and was pretty good but became a great receiver in the NFL- Hines Ward. You may need to holla at him.

Jedi Mind Tricks: Athletic Perspective of Prayer and Study

The mind tricks the body, body thinks the mind is crazy-Buckshot Shorty of Black Moon

Can you imagine what would happen if we lived out scripture by serving God with our mind, body and soul?

There is such a primal connection between our physical bodies and the intellectual state of our minds. I would venture out to suggest that all athletes have a level of intelligence superior to most. They have the ability to perform in chaotic situations with levels of perfection unlike the average person. The ability to call upon an inner strength to enhance their abilities is a mythical phenomenon that is often glanced over by fans.

It is that will to perform when bones are broken and the body is injured that separates athletes from most of their fans. (I admit that the money does not hurt either.) My objective is to show that the ability to summon an inner strength is unparalleled in high quality athletes. The willingness to push their bodies to endless efforts to maximize their talents is rarely seen in most other arenas. The endless training and repetition that occurs in athletics is a pedagogical tool that most disciplines would shudder to embrace. Could you imagine studying a text or a book until you faint? Could you imagine praying with such intensity until you bleed?

Athletes have learned to trick their bodies into action. They do this by endless training and preparation. This is not done off the cuff but is built upon- layer by layer through training. It is with this same intensity that we as believers and students should engage our study times. Study with reckless abandonment until we are exhausted with information. Pray with vigor as that of Jesus as he prays for his disciples. When we are able fortify this type of level in prayer and study, hard times will seem effortless to endure.