Thursday, November 30, 2006

Irvin, Better to be silent and thought a fool.

The African American male took another step back when Michael Irvin used his big mouth to utter more nonsense. According to the colorful ESPN analyst, Dallas Cowboy quarterback, Tony Romo, is good because somewhere in his genes is some good old black blood. In other words, the only good athletes are black ones. Immediately, it makes you wonder if all black men can do is play sports. African American men have been trying to avoid this degenerative stereotype for years, and now this Steppin Fetchin recreates it. If anything, Irvin should be glad that sports is becoming more integrated. For example, the reigning heavyweight champion of the world, Valdimir Klitscho, is white. In track and field, the Jamaicans are outrunning many American sprinters. The NBA is also becoming more diversified with an increasing number of Europeans. To suggest that one has to be black to excel at sports is ignorant. You wonder just how much a commitment the University of Miami has if its churning out dumb jocks like Irvin. King Solomon said, "Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."