I was watching a special about black athletes this past weekend…
About how far they’d come since Martin Luther King Jr was killed. The answer was odd.
"Do you know that there are more black males in prison, than in college today," Spike Lee said. Nearly 70% of all male inmates are black with nearly 5 million men in prison today.
While black athletes are well paid – averaging well over $1 million a year in the NBA and NFL – most are bankrupt or broke two to five years after their careers end. That’s 80% in NFL and 65% in the NBA.
This made me think, "What did King really accomplish for black people?"
If you asked who the greatest leaders of this nation were during the last century, most would say King for blacks and John F. Kennedy for whites.
Am I right?
They both had alot in common. Both had many lady friends (girls they slept with) while married. Both were assassinated, likely by insiders. Kennedy did illegal drugs, cocaine, weed and so on and had mob connections. All of this was documented by the FBI. King was connected to many anti-white groups.
Both called for non-violence, yet violence was all around them.
John Kennedy’s best moment was the Cuban Missile Crisis. However 50 years later the Russians cried foul. Their leadership says at the time they were only trying to balance the nuclear power as we had many more missiles off the shore of Russia at that time. Never was there intent to use them. You decide. They say Kennedy was grandstanding, that there was no real threat.
Who really knows?
What did King get done? He asked blacks to come together and take the options given them by the President – better education and better jobs. But not much of this really ever amounted to much.
Violence by blacks has increased, as has crime.
Today there still are no truly major business owned by Black Americans on a national scale. Almost none anyway. No Apples, no Googles, no Fords and so on.
In Kansas City we have a few black doctors and lawyers that matter. But our black population for the most part is below middle class with jobs that pay by the hour.
So the answer is, no, things are not better.
Hip Hop is dying out, thats a good thing. Jason Whitlock is toast. Oprah is about to retire.
And I believe the concept of the "gangsta" hurt young blacks. It gave them an "out card" to education and an excuse to blame White America for their woes.
It’s true that we need to work together to solve this huge problem. Having a black president has done little to solve anything. Blacks don’t really relate to President Obama; they see him as more of a white guy.
And by the way there is no John F. Kennedy Day.