ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson is the one that is “classless and stupid” NOT Isaiah Washington
Are we living in a dystopian universe? Is the sky falling? Has the world come to an end as we know it? I have not written about the whole Isaiah Washington Vs TR Knight, Isaiah Vs ABC, Isaiah Vs GLAAD, Isaiah Vs the White gay mafia, because I figured it would of ended by now. The Grey’s Anatomy incident was unfortunate but I am shocked and annoyed this is still going on. The white gay mafia pulled their “white gay oppression card” and got Isaiah fired from Grey’s Anatomy but they FAILED in gaining any support from the black gay community. ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
I believe Shonda Rhimes the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy also is a part of the problem. Rhimes happens to be a black woman and yet even she did not have Isaiah’s back she couldn’t help a brother out. Rhimes just followed ABC and was stupid enough to kill off the best character on Grey’s Anatomy. I enjoyed Isaiah’s performance in the role of Dr. Burke because I felt Dr. Burke was an amazing and complex character. And now that Isaiah is gone from Grey’s Anatomy I will NO LONGER WATCH THE SHOW. I have no need to watch it now that Dr. Burke is gone.
In Hollywood its well known that fights take place ALL THE TIME on Hollywood sets. A few years back there was a lot of drama on the Desperate Housewives set. Desperate Housewives is also on ABC by the way. Why didn’t ABC handle the situation internally? Why didn’t ABC just fire Isaiah on the spot? ABC used and exploited Isaiah because they wanted to make sure they kept their ratings up and not lose advertising revenue.
TR Knight played the classic “white gay oppression card” he went on Ellen Degeneres. The mainstream media REFUSED to examine the story from all angles they just took the viewpoint of the white man over the black man. I lost respect for Knight when I saw him play the victim on Ellen Degeneres. Knight exploited the situation to advance his own pathetic career. Next, Knight is on the cover of the white gay magazine Advocate playing the victim once again. I just don’t believe T.R. Knight is telling the truth and I definitely believe he has a personal vendetta against Isaiah Washington. Knight isn’t as talented as Washington I think that’s obvious.
I think Katherine Heigl and Knight wanted Washington off the show because they just don’t like him. Also, if Isaiah was removed they would get more screentime and move up from being “secondary characters” to “lead characters”. It was reported in the media that Heigl was upset that she wasn’t getting the same salary as Sandra Oh and Isaiah Washington but Heigl’s character was never an important character on the show. Everyone knows on Grey’s Anatomy the show really centered around the four leads Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Isaiah Washington and Sandra Oh.
Ellen Degeneres is also a part of the white gay mafia and Knight’s appearance and his public bashing of Washington was not by accident. So for all of white gay America’s crying and bitching about being discriminated against. TR Knight manipulated the situation and used his white skin privilege as his currency. America loves nothing more then to demonize black men and Isaiah Washington was the latest scapegoat.
Why hasn’t this Isaiah story died? Why is it still going? Why can’t the white American gay community let it go? The longer this story goes on the easier it is to prove the bigotry, white skin privilege, hypocrisy, and racism of white gay America. It is not surprising that the venom against Washington continues. Stephen McPherson the ABC president has the NERVE to lash out at Isaiah Washington and say NBC hiring him was “classless and stupid.” The only stupid and classless person here is Stephen McPherson. McPherson has the power to save Isaiah’s job and now he’s just pissed that Isaiah has gained so much press for quickly bouncing back to NBC. EVEN THOUGH he ALREADY has been fired from Grey’s Anatomy is a perfect example of hypocrisy and anti black racism.
Where was McPherson when Rosie O Donnell made her racist anti Asian comments on live TV for millions of viewers? Rosie made her racist comments IN PUBLIC. Why didn’t ABC fire O Donnell on the spot? Why did ABC ignore the concerns of the Asian American community? Why did ABC ignore the controversy surrounding Rosie? It just goes to show ABC indeed has double standards for their white and black employees. Rosie O Donnell may complain and whine about being a lesbian but she also is a white woman. And since Rosie is white she has white skin privilege. ABC humiliated and attempted to dehumanize Isaiah yet they failed. Rosie O Donnell was not condemned by ABC for her pernicious racism.
ABC’s entertainment Stephen McPherson has demonstrated his racist true colours. Isaiah isn’t even on ABC anymore yet ABC has a history of whiteout. The lack of minority characters on the ABC network is a perfect example of what ABC thinks of people of colour. George Lopez show has been axed. Isaiah Washington was the best actor on Grey’s Anatomy and now that he is gone the show will NOT be the same. I will NO LONGER watch Grey’s Anatomy since Isaiah Washington is no LONGER on the program.
White people say Isaiah was using the “race card” when he honestly believes the firing from “Grey’s Anatomy” was racially motivated. I agree with Washington because in this case race was indeed a factor and to deny it is ludicrous. However, no one has questioned the “White Card.” The “white card” is a powerful card some white people use when they attempt to circumvent, eschew, and deny racism is both OVERT and COVERT. The “white card” also tries to downplay racism and pretend it doesn’t exist. Audre Lorde a black feminist wrote in her book “Sister Outsider” that white people have the option of not thinking about race since they are the majority. People of colour we do NOT have that option. Race always matters and race affects us in our lives EVERY SINGLE DAY. The Evon Reid incident is a perfect example of how race affects black people. Isaiah Washington is another example of a black man suffering from employment discrimination. I believe Isaiah should SUE ABC for MILLIONS of dollars because I believe he has a case for wrongful dismissal.
The obvious answer is because Isaiah Washington is a black man and as far as the mainstream white media is concerned they feel the need to attempt to demonize Isaiah. Isaiah has now been branded as the stereotypical “angry black man.” Well I am here to say the mainstream white American media are a bunch of hypocritical racists.
Yet no one has bothered to question the actions of the white American gay community? Also, notice in the white American press you do not read any articles criticizing ABC for the firing of Washington or the actions of the white American media. The white American gay community simply used TR Knight as a “puppet” to push their own anti black agenda. Anyone that has been paying attention on white gay websites such as Justusboys.com or Andy Towle’s website Towleroad will view with their own eyes the disgusting anti black racist comments white gay American men have posted on the forums. The internet is a perfect tool to examine how racism does not only exist but how it is fostered and grows. The moderators of Towelroad or Justusboys.com or any of the other numerous white gay websites don’t moderate when the white gays use the N word or other crude racist comments. Where are the articles talking about the racism of the white gay community?
The white American gay community complain and whined about Isaiah still EVEN THOUGH Isaiah has been fired from Grey’s Anatomy. Enough is enough! Is Isaiah NEVER supposed to work again in Hollywood? It appears to me that the white American gay community are attempting to have Isaiah blacklisted from the business. And this is where the element of racism comes in.
Yet why hasn’t the white gay community spoken out against Charles Knipp a white gay man that performs in gay white gay bars in blackface as Shirley Q Liquor? Knipp not only performs in blackface he also makes the most disgusting and racist anti black remarks about black women and the black community. White gays across America have laughed up a storm at Knipp’s racist jokes. The white gay media in the United States barely acknowledge Knipp’s racism yet they also condone it. I don’t see the Advocate, Out Magazine, or the rest of the white gay media denouncing this racism. So why should black gay people take white gays seriously? Anyone with enough intelligence should know by now the white gay community only wants the support of black gay people when it serves their own interests. Yet when black gay people SPEAK OUT about racism we are now rocking the boat. Well I say lets rock the fucking boat. I will NOT stand by and not SPEAK OUT against the pernicious racism Isaiah Washington is still dealing with. I honestly believe if Isaiah Washington was WHITE the white gay mafia would of moved on by now. The so called “outage” against Isaiah is racially motivated. The white gay media such as Afterelton.com have also been a tool in fostering this deleterious anti black racism. The white gay media have been careful to be covert with their anti black racism but anyone can read between the lines and see their racism. The editor Michael Jensen is careful not to use the N word yet his covert racism speaks volumes. Ditto for Kevin Naff the editor at the Washington Blade in April 2007 Naff defended Don Imus yet you know if Imus had said something about white gay men he would screaming at the top of his lungs.
Knipp is also known to do private performances for those racists that are too embarrassed to laugh at anti black jokes in white gay bars across America. Ru Paul the ludicrous drag queen is often cited by white gays for supporting Knipp. Yet anyone in the black gay community knows Ru Paul is a loser that only wants white gay America’ s money since he makes a lot of his income performing in white gay bars. Ru Paul isn’t going to bite the hand that feeds him. Ru Paul also does not speak for the black community that’s for sure and neither do I. I am simply one black gay man giving my opinion.
White American gays have attempted to compare Isaiah Washington to Don Imus. First off, Don Imus was a certified racist that made racist comments about black men and women on his radio program for years. Imus made his bigotry known on the public airwaves for millions of listeners. Isaiah had a PRIVATE disagreement with a fellow co star. Interestingly, Isaiah’s non white co stars on Grey’s Anatomy Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh supported him. However, some of Washington’s former white co stars such as Katherine Heigl and the rest of the whites openly bashed Isaiah in the press. It just goes to show which actors on Grey’s Anatomy have real class and which ones don’t. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example of a hypocrite she bashes Isaiah yet stars in the homophobic comedy “Knocked up”. Shonda Rhimes the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy is a black woman yet even she could not save Isaiah job.
I am glad Isaiah has found a new job on NBC on the new show “The Bionic Woman” and Isaiah is only going to be a guest star for a few episodes he has also filmed an independent movie.
However, I find it interesting that Stephen McPherson the entertainment president of ABC is saying it was “classless and stupid” for NBC to hire Isaiah Washington. First off, it was stupid for ABC to fire Isaiah Washington in the first place. Isaiah had an argument in private with a fellow coworker. Washington has bounced back and I believe he will continue to have a successful career because he is a talented actor. Isaiah is a star and a star will always shine. Stephen McPherson at ABC is obviously pissed he let an amazing actor go. I just hope black people have critical media literacy and notice the social constructions of race and gender taking place here.
The white American media have been fostering and presenting this myopic and racist images of black manhood. I commend Isaiah for going on Larry King Live presenting his side of the story and moving on. Isaiah also has a development deal with NBC he will have a career. However, I believe this incident is a perfect example why I do not TRUST the white gay community. I just cannot take them very SERIOUSLY when they claim to campaign against discrimination. GLAAD and the rest of the white gay mafia have illustrated their true racist anti black colours. I am glad black people have supported Washington and I will continue to support Isaiah with his career. I just hope the black gay community sees the incident against Isaiah was racially motivated. Black gays need to wake up white gays are only concerned about “white gay rights” we got to support Isaiah and I will continue to do so. Isaiah Washington is a good black man that made an unfortunate mistake. However, I do not believe Isaiah deserves to be crucified for the rest of his life because I resent the hypocrisy and entrenched racism of the mainstream media.
I just read the Toronto Star and I was shocked and disgusted with the treatment a young black man Evon Reid received after applying for a job. Reid applied for a job as a media analyst with the Ontario government. Reid receives a racist e-mail from an Asian woman Aileen Siu she also happens to be a part time worker for the Ontario government. Siu wrote in an e-mail forward to Reid “this ghetto dude I spoke to earlier.” Siu should be fired on the spot. Does the Ontario government condone racism against black people?
It sure seems like it with the apathetic attitude of Premier Dalton McGuinty. Sure, McGuinty apologized only because he basically had to it was standard politics. Remember there is an election coming up this year and the Liberals got to look as politically correct as possible. Aileen Siu should be fired ASAP. Siu of course apologized but that’s not good enough.
If Siu isn’t fired it just proves once again there are double standards in Canada in relation to racism against everyone else and black people. I personally believe there is a large amount of covert racism against black people in Canada and this is a perfect example of it. Yet of course as we all know covert racism against blacks has always been tolereated in the city of Toronto.
Could you imagine if someone made a negative comment about someone that was a Jew? I am sure the person would of been fired immediately. Does anyone remember a few months ago when a black speaker was denied entry into Canada by the government all because the Jews had a problem with the speaker? I believe there are indeed different standards for certain groups in relation to how immediately the government deals with racial discrimination.
The Ontario government is very quick to respond quickly whenever the Jews are discriminated against. However, if someone black encounters racism its simply ignored by the Ontario government and this is a perfect example of it. All Premier Dalton McGunity is using is words and words sometimes mean nothing. Actions speak louder then words and Aileen Siu should be fired or she quit the job.
However, since the racist remark was made against a young black man the issue will be swept under the rug and it will be just a “misunderstanding.” The incident with Reid is a perfect crystal clear example of the entrenched racism against young black Canadian men. Siu may be an Asian woman but in the Canadian social hierachy the white majority has always treated Asians better then blacks and Aboriginals.
Young black men we are the “out” group in Canadian society we are the “outsiders.” Now Reid is an intelligent and educated man he is a honors student at the University of Toronto. I think Reid should take this to the Ontario Humans Rights Commission because this is a perfect example of employment discrimination. Reid was just applying for a job and there is nothing “ghetto” about that.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.thestar.com/article/238572
If you want to voice your concerns to Premier Dalton McGuinty here is his info:
Dalton McGuinty Main Legislative Building, Room 281,
Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A1
Fax: 416- 325-3745
Well I am surprised it has taken this long to receive payment for my article “Shades of Blackface” from the New Zealand Herald. I cannot believe it has taken this long just to get paid. Yes New Zealand is thousands of miles from Toronto Canada. However, this is the 21st century New Zealand is a first world country. New Zealand mail does have an expresspost mail delivery service http://www.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ/
I love to write but I am also a professional writer. When I started writing I learned right away to make sure I got paid on time. I can be reasonable and flexible I just want the truth.
John Gardner the editor at the New Zealand Herald he told me my piece “Shades of Blackface” was worth a certain amount in New Zealand dollars. I cannot believe there was tax on my payment! The payment was decent but I don’t like the whole foreign exchange rate. The New Zealand dollar is worth less then the Canadian dollar so that means I make LESS MONEY. However, the payment was still a good amount it was definitely worth it.
I finally got paid but the New Zealand Herald took too damn long to pay me. All of the bullshit I went through with that newspaper is finally over. Different editors were giving me different stories. I didn’t know what was going on? The attitude of John Gardner really pissed me off! Why couldn’t he just be honest with me from the start? He could of said “Orville it’s going to take a month before you will receive the cheque.” Why didn’t Gardner tell me the truth? If I had known the “truth” from the start I would of been cool. I don’t deserve the run around. I think I have a right to know about payment since I am the one that did all the hard work. I am the one that interviewed all those people and I am the one that wrote the article.
Well, I just don’t know anymore what to think of the New Zealand Herald ? Why haven’t I been paid yet? Last month on June 5th 2007 John Gardner the associate editor of the New Zealand Herald said he wanted to publish my article “Shades Of Blackface.” Of course, I was excited because the hard work I had put into the article was finally over or so I thought. Well over a month later I still have not received payment for the article. I have three reasons why I really wanted the article published.
1. I wanted to get the article published because I believe it is important
2. The money
3. No North American publication would agree to publish the article in its original form.
Now the money for the article was decent amount even after the exchange rate.
However, I did not anticipate all this fucking bullshit. The editor John Gardner gets mad at me because I dared to ask him the payment date. I think after a month a writer has a right to ask about payment. Next, I receive an e-mail last week from Sabrina Fernandes the news room administrator. Fernandes tells me that I can receive direct payment if I send my banking details to Christine Kopell and the accounting department. I call my bank I ask my bank what info I have to provide for direct deposit and I send it to Kopell. Well, what a surprise, I e-mail Kopell early this morning because New Zealand has a 16 hour time difference. Kopell says the ” payment will be made tonite” her words not mine. I called my bank again and they tell me that if the payment was indeed supposed to be direct deposit I should of received it instantenously. Well I didn’t. And now I know what I had suspected all along the New Zealand Herald had absoultely no intention of paying me. It is a painful learning experience but yes a learning experience.
Under normal circumstances I would not want my work published in the New Zealand Herald because New Zealand is out of the sphere of influence of North America. I now know that maybe I should of been more specific? I should of asked about a specific payment date?
Venus Williams wins Wimbledon for the fourth time. Why is the racism of white women Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, Mary Carillo, Pam Shriver, and Chris Evert accepted and ignored?
Tennis goddess Venus Williams is now a four time Wimbledon champion. The photos above Venus are of Tracy Austin a two slam wonder, Martina Navratilova a former 18 time grand slam champion, Mary Carillo the pernicious tennis analyst, and Pam Shriver best known as Navratilova’s doubles sidekick. The last picture is of former 18 time grand slam champion Chris Evert.
The contempt Austin, Navratilova, Carillo, Shriver, and Evert have for Venus and Serena Williams knows no boundaries. I also must point out Austin, Navratilova, Carillo, Shriver, and Evert are also Americans just like the Williams Sisters. Yet in the American tennis establishment the Williams Sisters are treated like outsiders despite their amazing success.
Why is the racism of white women accepted and ignored? It’s no surprise that the most vociferous critics of the Williams Sisters are of course white females. Some white women are so jealous of hard working successful black women such as the Williams Sisters. Whenever black women achieve white women are the first ones to complain. Venus and Serena earned their money through ambition, determination, drive, and hard work to succeed.
It’s also not exactly shocking that the white women will go out their way to praise the new “white” tennis hope Russian Maria Sharapova. I think they hype Sharapova so much because she represents the Eurocentric standard of beauty. Sharapova is considered “beautiful” because she is white, young, tall, and a natural blonde. In white culture blonde women are considered the essence of white beauty. Now to Sharapova’s credit she does have talent but the excessive media attention about her so called beauty is a complete joke. I have seen women on the subway, street car, at the bus stop, at the public library that are much more beautiful then Sharapova.
The same white tennis critics aren’t exactly fond of Justine Henin either. Henin is the current world number one and she is from Belgium. Of course, they like Henin more then the Williams Sisters because she’s white. The Williams Sisters raised the bar in women’s tennis taking women’s tennis to a new level in terms of their serving ability, their speed, power, intelligence and athleticism. I place emphasis on the word “intelligence” because these white female tennis critics always try to downplay the Williams Sisters court sense and their “intelligence.” Venus and Serena are very smart players and they know how to play the game they know the percentrages.
At the 2007 Australian Open, on ESPN television Mary Carillo and Pam Shriver started the sewer journalism and immediately they attacked Serena on her physique. Serena does not conform to Eurocentric beauty standards of beauty. Carillo and Shriver claimed Serena was so out of shape and the made constant negative remarks about her body trying to say she was lazy. Serena is never going to look like a bean pole she has curves. Serena even lashed out at the “haters” on her own blog after she won the Australian Open this year for the third time.
On ESPN television, Mary Carillo compares James Blake’s father death from cancer to the horrible tragedy of Yetunde Price being shot to death in Compton California. Carillo attempts to frame herself as a tennis anaylst but she is just a racist.
Why did Carillo compare the tragedies of Serena and James Blake just because they are both black? What right does Carillo have to tell Serena how to deal with tragedy and pain? What right does Carillo have to spew her venom on live television? Of course ESPN television glossed over the incident like the white American sports media always does.
It’s like a broken record each of these white female tennis commentators have complained at one point or another that Venus or Serena have a “lack of commitment” to the game. It is the same lame tired speech they make whenever the sisters are losing. Venus and Serena have a life outside tennis and thank goodness for that.
Would the white female tennis commentators want the Williams Sisters to end up like that loser Jennifer Capriati ? During Wimbledon Capriati had another sob story interview that was published in the NY Daily News about how hard her life is. Yes it must be so hard for Jennifer Capriati to be a multi millionaire. Jennifer can afford therapy while poor people that are depressed cannot. Poor people suffering from depression have to go to work, pay the bills, and struggle through life. And poor people don’t get the NY Daily News to write articles about how “tough” their lives are. Jennifer is thirty one years old yet she acts like an immature teenager and a spoiled rich brat. She really needs to get a life and get it together and move on from tennis. Why don’t the white female tennis critics complain about her? Capriati has got to be the worst tennis personality to ever play the game. Capriati is all about herself she is such a pathetic, selfish, and self loathing individual.
It’s great to know that Venus and Serena have balanced lives and they enjoy life. Venus and Serena give back to the community in terms of tennis clinics for youth, they run their own charity. Yet the Williams Sisters do not get respect for their off court contributions. The Williams Sisters have done so much and are really the best things that has EVER happened to women’s tennis or tennis EVER. There will NEVER EVER be another Venus and Serena Williams. We should be blessed that they play tennis.
The white female tennis commentators always slam the Williams Sisters every single opportunity they get. They believe Venus and Serena are supposed to be robots that eat, sleep, and think about tennis all day long. Yet when Venus and Serena won grand slams this year all the sudden the white female tennis commentators are silent.
The white female tennis commentators will on and on about Maria Sharapova. Now let me first say yes Maria Sharapova is very talented and she is a champion. She’s not like the losers such as Gabriela Sabatini or Anna Kournikova those two are a disgrace to women’s tennis. At least Sharapova does have the grand slams to back up the media attention.
However, Sharapova is not even American but she does have the currency of being white and blonde and that goes a long way in the USA. Venus and Serena also play Federation Cup for America. Venus and Serena are the only Americans winning grand slams these days. And once again just like the year 2005 Serena and Venus soared to glory and became grand slam champions once again this year.
In the African Diaspora, we have a lot of love and respect for the Williams Sisters because we know how amazing they truly are not just as tennis players but as human beings. Venus and her sister Serena do play for America but they might as well be considered outsiders or foreigners because they are not white despite being Americans.
Chris Evert reached a new low when she wrote a very deleterious and pernicious open letter in the spring of 2006 in tennis magazine. Evert lashed out at Serena Williams saying she wasn’t being serious with her tennis. Evert did not call Serena or ask Serena what was going on in her life. Evert did not care that Serena was at the murder trial for the killer of her deceased sister Yetunde Price. Serena also has chronic knee injuries. Evert did not care about the emotional, psychological, or physical pain Serena was going through. All Evert cared about was selling more copies of tennis magazine and generating some press.
Would Evert write an open letter criticizing white American tennis pros Lindsay Davenport or Jennifer Capriati? I doubt it. Yet Evert believes since Serena is a black woman she has a “right” to disrespect her and degrade her. The fallacy of the women’s movement is that there is a “sisterhood” between white women and black women and that is a lie. Oprah Winfery preaches this garbage on her talk show daily. The truth of the matter is white women and black women are not “friends” not when some white women believe they are superior to black women due to race. Some white women have a racist superiority complex and believe they can put down black women any chance they get.
I watched the final on NBC unfortunately Carillo was the commentator for the match along with her weasel sidekick Ted Robinson. Carillo had to fight really hard to give Venus praise because Carillo just like Austin, Shriver, and Navratilova have to give Venus backhanded complements. Venus was in the zone she really hammered Marion Bartoli of France easily 6-4 6-1 in straight sets. Venus played well from the baseline and the net. Venus also has moved into legend territory at Wimbledon she has won more Wimbledons then Chris Evert and Margaret Court. Venus along with with Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Billie Jean King as the only women in the Open era to have won 4 Wimbledons or more. Venus has also been in the Wimbledon finals six times in the last eight years. Yet does Venus get the respect she deserves from American tennis experts and critics? Of course not. Venus Williams despite being a six time grand slam champion is still discriminated against despite her awesome talent because she’s a young black woman.
Venus also fought hard for equal prize money for women tennis players at all four grand slams. Finally, the French Open and Wimbledon decided to give equal prize money to women tennis players. The rest of the WTA can thank Venus Williams for her efforts for speaking out against the entrenched misogyny in pro tennis. Venus and Serena brought women’s tennis to the masses and made women’s tennis more popular then the men’s game. The Williams Sisters also caught the world’s attention with their incredible talent. When Venus spoke out the world media took notice. Venus took a stand she had courage to speak out when most of the other top WTA players only followed Venus lead. The French tennis federation even admitted that they paid special attention to Venus comments in the media about sexism and equal prize money. Venus also became the first woman to earn equal prize money with the men’s champion Roger Federer. Venus won $1.4 million dollars for her efforts equal to Federer. Yet does the press give Venus the respect for being the only woman on the WTA that had private meetings with the Wimbledon executive committee or writing articles about sex discrimination in tennis, or talking openly about sexism in tennis? Of course not. Its always black women doing the hard work yet never getting the praise.
Venus will move back into the WTA top 20. However, I couldn’t believe the attitude of the British crowd during the finals they were all on Bartoli’s side. One argument is that Bartoli is the underdog but this is stuffy racist England so of course the resentment for Venus was racially motivated. And on top of that why wasn’t the 50th anniversary of former Wimbledon champion Althea Gibson triumph of breaking the colour barrier ignored by the All England Club?
The racist All England Club at Wimbledon doesn’t want the reminder of their racist and sexist history. Yet history is important if we ignore history we ignore the truth. The truth is Wimbledon is as racist as ever. I agree that progress has been made but we have a long way to go.
Could you believe that loser Michael Stich the BBC tennis expert trying to say Serena faked her injury? I swear the racist tennis commentators they just come out in droves. It was just like clockwork. I knew one of them would try to bash Serena. I loved Serena’s comeback she slammed Michael Stich saying “my career is actually more stellar then his.” And of course Serena is correct. Martina Navratilova also took her pot shot at Serena calling her a “drama queen.” If anyone is a drama queen in women’s tennis its Martina Navratilova. Navratilova always has something negative to say about the Williams Sisters her bigotry is like clockwork you just expect it.
Navratilova may complain about being a white lesbian but she is still a white woman and still a part of the white majority. You would think Navratilova a woman that has experienced discrimination due to her gender and sexual orientation would have more empathy or be cognizant of covert prejudice. Yet Navratilova is no better then the other white female tennis commentators she dishes out the racism just like Carillo, Austin, Shriver, and Evert.
Once again, whenever the Williams Sisters achieve these racists in the tennis world are like vultures they wait for something bad to happen and then they attack. I wish someone would speak out against these covert racists. Yet notice in the USA media no white reporters or editors have ever written articles criticizing other whites for their pernicious racism against the Williams Sisters?
Why hasn’t Billie Jean King said anything about this covert racism? King champions herself as a white lesbian feminist that is against injustice. King just wants Venus to play World Team Tennis and help her league sell tickets. After all Venus is the current Wimbledon champion she could of pulled out of World Team Tennis or decided not to play but she chose to. Venus also played World Team Tennis in 2005 when she won Wimbledon two years ago. Do you honestly think Venus Williams would play World Team Tennis and support King if she acted just like the other white female tennis commentators? Venus even praised King during her Wimbledon victory speech. Yet King is friends with all the other white female tennis commentators especially fellow white lesbian Martina Navratilova.
The racist white female tennis experts are very careful not to use the N word or other racial slurs. Yet being a racist isn’t just about being overt. Actions speak louder then words and covert racism is indeed taking place in the tennis world.
I find it interesting in the media everyone is silent to the obvious covert racism against the Williams Sisters. I will not accept silence because silence means we accept racism and sexism. Black women since the days of slavery have had to endure both. Black men we must support black women and say racism and sexism will not be tolerated.
One of the most vocal haters of the Williams Sisters is Tracy Austin she cannot hide her contempt for the Williams Sisters. Yet what has Austin accomplished? Austin was just a former burnout teen prodigy that won only two slams. Austin is no legend she is not at the same level of a great champion such as Venus Williams. Austin’s recent MSNBC.COM article after Venus won Wimbledon for the fourth time is a perfect example of Austin’s vindictive attitude towards Venus. In the article Austin says Venus fourth Wimbledon title was “magic”.
The word “magic” is condescending and cruel but not surprising since its coming from the termagant Tracy Austin. Austin’s hatred for Venus is so obvious for the eye to see yet Austin’s comments illustrate her illogical perspective. Austin uses language to not only mask but express her bigotry. Its not “magic” when Venus won Wimbledon for the fourth time its called talent. Venus has now won Wimbledon four times her incredible talent cannot be disputed. It must be very hard for Austin to admit Venus is a great champion because she always attempts to discredit Venus anytime she gets.
Just remember tennis fans Austin is also a friend of Lindsay Davenport and they shared a former coach Robert Landsdorf. Venus is 3-0 against Davenport in grand slam finals add Serena to the mix and the Williams Sisters have a stunning 4-0 record against Davenport. The Williams Sisters were the road blocks in Davenport’s career. And don’t forget tennis fans Davenport choked the 2005 Australian Open finals against Serena Williams losing 2-6 6-3 6-0.
Also remember Austin was very bitter when Davenport choked the Wimbledon final two years ago. I mean we all remember Venus incredible victory fighting off a match point 4-6 7-6 9-7 win over Lindsay Davenport. Many of the tennis experts thought this would be Venus last slam. Venus sure showed them when she destroyed the competition and won Wimbledon again for her sixth grand slam title this year.
Austin’s bitterness after Venus victory cannot be ignored. The venom and the pernicious racism of Tracy Austin is deleterious. We cannot allow racists such as Tracy Austin to get away with her bigotry.
Its interesting there was the uproar about Don Imus racist and sexist comments. I believe part of the reason the media made a big deal about it was because Imus was the patriarch he is a white male. Yet what about the racism of white women in relation to sports? Why does the racism of white women go ignored?
Ditto for Mary Carillo, Pam Shriver, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova the other racist white female tennis experts. People always ignore the racism of white women. I wonder why? Just because white women encounter discrimination because of their gender doesn’t mean they cannot be racist?
Black feminists such as bell hooks, Audre Lorde and many more have written about white women and their racism. The feminist movement has a lot of racists in it. Black feminists and other feminists of colour have spoken about this hypocrisy of white women for decades. The problem with the feminist movement I believe are white women they complain about gender yet always ignore race and class. “The Combahee River Collective” a black feminist organization have pointed out black women cannot divorce themselves from their race or gender. Black women struggle with racism and sexism. And I believe the Williams Sisters have a lot of grace and class. However, I cannot imagine they are oblivious to this obvious racism and sexism against them. The Sisters parents have raised them well. I notice that no one white in the tennis world has the guts or should I say class to speak out against the obvious abhorrent covert racism the sisters encounter. I am so sickened and disgusted with the racist and sexist treatment they have endured over the years. It just goes to show that in the 21st century covert racism is palatable.
I also believe the public can make a difference complain to ESPN and NBC television if you believe these racist termagants are out of line. When the public speaks the producers will listen. We must not be silent about this obvious racism and sexism against the Williams Sisters.
Congrats Venus for winning Wimbledon again! Well done!!!! Congrats Venus for being a classy young woman and being a role model!!!!
Here is the link to ESPN to complain about the racism and sexism against the Williams Sisters. Let ESPN know you are calling out the termagants for their bigotry and prejudice!
I got tagged by a fellow blogger Aulelia so here are eight random facts about myself.
1. I am average height 5 feet 11 inches tall or 180 cm.
2. My first name is Orville. I remember when I was a child I hated my first name because I was teased and made fun of a lot because of it. My siblings have regular normal names. Now that I am an adult I realize my name makes me stand out a bit its kind of original. Although if you’ve ever been to Jamaica the name Orville is kind of popular there.
3. I like to read a lot of international newspapers. I try to pay attention to world events. Although I must admit that the so called “media” indeed has a bias. I believe the USA media is too focused on the Middle East and ignores other parts of the world such as Asia, Africa, and South America.
4. I like to watch professional tennis I used to play the sport when I was a kid but I wasn’t good at it.
5. I love Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes a lot. I consider them both role models of mine. I also believe Hurston and Hughes are the two most important writers of the 20th century. I have read Hurston and Hughes autobiographies. Hurston wrote “Dust Tracks On A Road” it was published in 1942. And Langston Hughes first memoir “The Big Sea” was published in the year 1940.
6. I only watch two reality TV shows the Amazing Race and Big Brother. I do not like Survivor I find Survivor too pretentious and unrealistic.
7.I live outside of the city of Toronto in the suburbs.
8. I wish I was in better shape.