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Everyone has been asking me what I feel about Donald Sterling.  I have been silent, minus conversations with my wife, about the situation.  One because I want everything to come out, Two I want to make a rationale thought that doesn’t come from anger and resentment.  With all that said…  I have no problem with what Donald Sterling said!

I know, Pro Black Jason, has no problem with what Sterling said?  You read it right and you are probably thinking I must have fell and bumped my head, or I have been hanging out with Uncle Ruckus and realized I have reverse vitiligo.  In all honesty, we are Americans and you can feel however and feel whatever you want about anybody.  Even if he stepped up to a podium and said the exact same thing I wouldn’t care.  He has that right and freedom.  It did hurt a bit when Sterling felt like him giving the players money to buy food, money to buy houses, money to buy cars, and etc made it ok.  It made hair on the back of my neck stand up, because of the Slaver Master mentality.  Other than that, go on Donald Sterling and be a racist, its your right.  My problem lies with all the surrounding parts of the incident.

Like I mentioned I have no problem with what Sterling said because of freedom of speech.  Is the speech disgusting?  YES! Is the speech repulsive?  ABSOLUTELY!  My issue is with the NBA and its owners.  As I’m currently writing this (4-29-2014) we have only heard from 3 owners.  THREE OWNERS!  2 of which are minorities (Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, and Vivek Ranadive owner of the Sacramento Kings), and the 3rd owner was Mark Cuban (who took a stand but really didn’t).  If people really feel like what Sterling said has no place in the NBA why have no other owners come out and stood against Sterling?  I’m not saying the other owners are racist, but I’m saying the other owners don’t want to open up “Pandora’s Box” and have owners judged on their morality.  So condemning Sterling will forever put the other owners in a situation when they make or do immoral things they too will be subjected to the same punishment they pursued against Sterling.  So basically the owners rather stand beside racism so they can stand behind a closed door and be as nasty as they want without fear of losing their ownership.  (Sorry I have just read the Atlanta Hawks owner said if it was a vote they vote to remove Sterling).  I do have a problem with the owners lack of a voice!  I do have a problem with the heads of the NBA!

Again I have no problem with what Donald Sterling said, but there is repercussions to what you do and say, he will face those.  The supposed Girlfriend who is recording the conversation, has known about Sterling’s views but yet she continued to “date” him and she is a woman of some color even if mixed.  How can she continue to be around this gross man (not to mention he is old as the dinosaurs, and even with Viagra that whole situation is disgusting)?  Is her self worth so low that money is greater than respect?  Yes she, illegally, exposed him, but she still subjected herself to this racist just to be around money.  I do have a problem with her integrity!

Donald Sterling has a history of being a bigot and racist so the words that are coming out of his mouth, are surprising to hear, but he has a history.  So if a zebra has stripes then why should I expect it to change.  So I have no problem with his words, but I have problem with every minority player in the NBA.  As a united front the NBA players should have done a work stoppage.  NOBODY should have played a single game until Sterling was removed or disciplined.  I know that is extreme, but if your ownership wont step up and act swiftly force their hands.  Nobody plays a game, imagine all the money the NBA would lose (or we would have the Washington Generals out there if some of the non minority players decided to play…  jk bad racial joke sorry).  I get the protest, with black socks, turning the warm ups inside out, and the athletes running to twitter to speak, but if this was the 60’s or 70’s we would not be watching anything.  The players would have shown an united front, took a stand, and forced change.  I wrote a while back how I felt that athletes have chosen to not be Activist and it sucks.  This would be a chance to show everyone in the world that racism will not be tolerated.  This is bigger than sports.  I have a problem with the lack of over the top protest and action by the players!

I commend and applaud all the companies that are pulling advertising and sponsorship from the Clippers.  I don’t have a problem with that!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen

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             Now we have talked about it on the show and I have tried my best to stay out of the conversation on the internet and beyond.  But to quote Yosemite Sam “I have had all I can take and I can’ts take no more”, THE REDSKIN NAME IS RACIST AND SHOULD change that NEEDS TO BE CHANGED!!!

            I know all you Redskin fans are rolling your eyes and claiming “its not racist” “I don’t think about American Indians when I hear Redskin”, or my favorite “everyone needs to stop being so PC (politically correct), its softening America.”  I say to all of those comments, its time to grow up and realize that just because you’re not offended doesn’t make it less offensive.

            What if the name was the Washington Niggers?  Why is that not acceptable?  Well because America has deemed that offensive, because African-Americans deemed it offensive.  America shutters when a person that is not African American uses the word, because we have told America that the word degrades, humiliates, and reminds America of a dark period in our history.  Now imagine if 13% of America was American Indian, now would we think Redskin was the same as Nigger?  Probably would, but since America pretty much has buried the culture and existence of American Indians the name doesn’t matter to the majority.

            Now what way can you battle ignorance? Hmm…  I know with knowledge, here is some food for thought.  First look at the Washington Wizards, they went from the BULLETS to the Wizards.  Why?  Because Abe Pollin felt a responsibility to the city he was in and was concerned about the gun violence in Washington D.C.  Now do we really think that the name Bullets for the basketball team was contributing to the gun violence in Washington D.C.?  Absolutely not, but Pollin wanted to be the change he wanted to see in his city.  Now the name Redskin is not going to change the American Indians lot in America, but as country that tries its best to battle, destroy, and ostracize racism, and discrimination a name change would be a way to say we are not going to tolerate or accept a blatant offensive name no matter the repercussion.  Again be the change you want to see.

            Let’s get into the history of the Redskin’s, who used to be the Boston Braves.  Owner George Preston Marshall (I will get on him later) changed their name to the Redskins in honor of their first coach Lone Star Dietz, who claimed to have American Indian ancestry.  Well I know the masses are saying “see it was an honor thing, not an offensive thing.”  We do realize that this change was in 1933, where you could publicly still say things like Nigger, Spick, China Man, and anything toward a Jew.  So let’s say he was naming them the Redskins in honor, but he was using a slur that was ok to be used at the time.  The word should not be ok to use today, agreeing to the Redskin name is basically agreeing to the old history of racist and discriminatory America.  Next we should commend the KKK for keeping their 1930’s attitude toward America.

            Now on to George Preston Marshall, a noted and widely recognized racist, and how do we know this?  Well Marshall and the Redskins were the last team in the NFL to allow Black players.  To the point Marshall was pushed by the Washington Post and was told by the Government that he either start allowing Black players or face legal action from the Kennedy administration.  Funny how history repeats itself; Daniel Snyder is getting pressure from the media and Congress to do the right thing in regards to race, and change the Redskin name.

            All in all is changing the name really going to hurt anybody?  Yet we know that keeping the name does hurt people.  So we as a Nation rather accept hurting people racially because we ourselves are not offended?  When the simple alternative is something that everyone can be pleased with, I have heard solutions as simple as the Redtails for the Black Tuskegee Airmen, especially since D.C. is chocolate city.

            Lastly we are not making America soft or to overly PC, with a name change.  Really it is just the opposite the strong or tough thing to do is take a stand against a tradition that is rooted in everyone’s mind.  Let’s not forget the Golden State Warriors used to have an American Indian as their Mascot and got rid of the image of it and now people don’t even remember that the name had an American Indian connection.  In time people will forget that the Redskin was associated with the Washington insert new name, and if people still do remember the name and one day your child asks about the name Redskin, it would be a great opportunity to explain how the NFL and America continue to conquer racism and discrimination.

I really wanted to end this article with the great speech from Mathew McConnaughey in “A Time To Kill”, where he describes the brutal rape that Sam Jackson’s daughter endured, which prompted Jackson’s character to kill the people involved.  At the end of the story he tells the jury “Imagine she was white”.  When it comes to offensive words, terms, and imagery imagine if it was you and you had to live with it everyday.  The name has to GO!

Jason “Big J” Allen


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