What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Honestly, wasn’t it enough you made me live through that maggot-infested turdpile of a movie “The Blind Side.” Micheal Oher made an appearance on the Piers Morgan Show last night on CNN, and just the sight of him getting the usual meaningless, softball questions about his upbringing sent me straight back to the tirade I had coming out of the theater.
Even if we had been in the same theater, we probably didn’t see the same movie, largely because we aren’t the same person. Speaking demographically, I am a middle aged, educated black professional. Speaking statistically, you’re something other than that. I realize that discussing any topic that even touches the race issue invites a veritable shit-storm, but I don’t care. Every time I see Michael Oher, it just reminds me “The Blind Side” might as well have been “Birth of a Nation” inasmuch as it is one the most patently racist things I’ve ever seen.
First of all, you must understand that I completely reject a common American belief about racism, namely racism can only be practiced by the “stereotypical” bigot; the “conservative” or the guy driving a pick-up truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker. That impression is so monstrously wrong it is one of the main reasons why racism is alive and well in this country despite all the things we’ve actively done to kill it. You also must understand that I avoid political topics on this blog; that is plainly stated on this blog’s “About Dubsism” page. In fact, if these disingenuous white liberals would stay on CNN, I would be more than happy to ignore this topic entirely. But once they invaded the world of sports, especially with a story made of whole cloth, I simply cannot let that stand.
Oh, you didn’t know a major part of the story in “The Blind Side” is completely false? Michael Oher will tell you himself:
To viewers of the 2009 film “The Blind Side,” which told the story of how Oher came to live with the wealthy Tuohy family, Michael Oher might have seemed … let’s see, how does Oher himself put it in his new book, I Beat The Odds?
To read Oher’s own version of his life (ghostwritten by former Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger) is to witness a real feat of grace: he decisively reclaims control of this story without once taking anything away from his love of or his gratitude for his adoptive family — a family that’s been elevated to near sainthood.
In fact, the book is not a list of complaints about how his life has been represented at all. Well — okay. That’s not entirely fair. He has one major complaint. There is one place where the frustration he feels about the distortion of his story is most palpable. Here it is: Michael Oher is really, really frosted that they made it look like Leigh Anne Tuohy had to show him how to play football.
Oher wrote this book to explain to kids that there is more to escaping a life of great poverty and need than waiting around to be adopted by rich people. He wrote it to recognize some of the other people besides the Tuohys (about whom he writes with tremendous love and devotion) who were so important to the changes in his life. He wrote it to offer advice to those who have heard the story and want to help kids who are in the foster care system.
But if I had to guess what put him over the top, and what made this naturally reticent guy decide to pull the trigger and work on a book about himself, I’d guess it was the scene in the film where Sandra Bullock, as Leigh Anne Tuohy, drags him around football practice explaining what blocking is. Oher devotes only a couple of paragraphs to his reaction to the film, but here’s part of what he has to say:
“I felt like it portrayed me as dumb instead of as a kid who had never had consistent academic instruction and ended up thriving once he got it. Quinton Aaron did a great job acting the part, but I could not figure out why the director chose to show me as someone who had to be taught the game of football. Whether it was S.J. moving around ketchup bottles or Leigh Anne explaining to me what blocking is about, I watched those scenes thinking, ‘No, that’s not me at all! I’ve been studying — really studying — the game since I was a kid!’ That was my main hang-up with the film.”
There it is…a little something I like to call “Affirmative Action Mentality” at its finest; poor blacks are capable of nothing unless rich whites help them. That’s the whole reason the story was told that way, in fact its the whole reason white people give a damn about the story at all. Don’t misunderstand me, what that family did for Oher surely helped him, but the fact of the matter is he was likely going to end up as a football player with or without them. There’s no way that movie gets made if that’s the story.
The problem is that unlike the class of whites who have moved beyond history and reached an honestly race-neutral mind-set, the disingenuous white liberals are obsessed at maintaining some sort of pusillanimous, “feel-good” solutions to injustices which are a century-and-a-half old. We don’t bother worrying about whether people are getting educated so they can go to college, so they can graduate, so they can be qualified for life as more than a burger-flipper or a left tackle. We don’t bother to do anything about a system which is more than happy to pump out assembly-line workers or grist for our professional sports mills. We don’t care if the system manages to produce people with the aptitude and the attitude to be effective leaders. Rather, we engage in a quota system that believes everything is just fine as long as we all feel good about the racial breakdown of the labor force. Welcome to “Affirmative Action Mentality.”
The saddest part is this group of people who claim the best of intentions, who claim to be tolerant and understanding of black people collectively have done more harm to them than any Klansman could have dreamed of doing. By engaging in “Affirmative Action Mentality,” white liberals actively devalue any accomplishment by a black person for which they didn’t pave the way, and they seek to destroy any black person who dares disagree with them. In other words, “Affirmative Action Mentality” runs precisely counter to Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech; it is just “Jim Crow” dressed up in 20th-Century liberalism. Regardless of what those white liberals tell you, they still care more about the color of a man’s skin rather than the content of his character. There are no better examples of this than the argument about black football coaches and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Somehow, we’ve cooked up the logic that since most players in the NFL are black, most coaches should be. It is is so blatantly obvious there is nothing about merit in that conversation; it is also as clear the only criteria in that argument is race. Again, it pays no attention to the fact this issue needs a long-term solution, it is a question of implementing a system that identifies and develops talent in the coaching ranks. It is not a question of just waving a magic wand. If you doubt that, ask yourself a question: Rather than asking how many black head coaches there are, ask yourself how many blacks are now qualified to be good head coaches. That’s the key to the solution. But that’s not a quick, “feel-good” solution, so liberals will never go for it.
The “Jim Crow” part comes when a black person strays from that which white liberals will permit them to say. See, it is an unconscionable sin for a black person to not maintain the liberal party line once they have been elevated to the success white liberals’ Affirmative Action-based system have determined for them. If you doubt that, look at what Clarence Thomas has endured for the past 20 years. Click this link, and remember the language used here is coming from those who are “tolerant and understanding.”
By blowing the whistle on realities white liberals want to cling to, Oher is opening himself up to the same type of attacks faced by Thomas, Bill Cosby, and others (and even myself on a much smaller scale). If you are black in America today, those types of attacks should stay in the forefront of your mind. The guy in the Klan robe is at least honest; you know where you stand with him. But don’t ever trust that person who subscribes to “Affirmative Action Mentality;” they will drag you to death behind their Prius the minute you do something they don’t like.