Is anyone REALLY surprised that people were racing to their e-devices to call Sherman a Nigg–I mean thug?! Is it REALLY reasonable to believe that shedding light on his academic achievements will make said people retract said statements and opinions? It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand football, competition, the history behind the feud, or the events immediately preceding Erin Andrews’s question. If you have experienced any type of discrimination in your life Sherman should have left you SYDH. Because you KNEW, you kneeeeeeeew what was coming next!
I can’t help but to think about the irony in the timing of this event, preceding MLK Day. I also just happened to have watched 42 last week and I immediately thought about the 1 condition Dodgers GM Branch Rickey gave Jackie Robinson before signing him. He told him he had to control his temper at which point Robinson jumped up:
Jackie — “You want a player that doesn’t have the guts to fight back?!”
Branch — “I want a player that’s got the guts NOT to fight back!! Echo a curse with a curse and they’ll hear only yours–Follow a blow with a blow and they’ll say, the Negro lost his temper, that the Negro does not belong–Your enemy will be out in full force and you can NOT meet him on his own low ground.”
Just because it’s 2014, does not mean that the enemy is not still out in full force. Sure, times have changed, but we’re not that far removed from the days of segregation, ignorance, and hatred that we can forget the point that Branch Rickey was trying to make. Is it fair…right…justified? Absolutely not. But it is what it is and unfortunately I don’t think I’ll live to see a day when things are much different. If you are a female, or a minority of any shade, people have fought and DIED for you to even have a snow ball’s chance in hell at living out your heart’s desire. If you do the work, and get the opportunity to have the type of platform Sherman had on Sunday, you can not let your emotions get the best of you. You just can’t. We don’t have that luxury yet and anyone with his level of intelligence should not try to debate that.
The thing is…I reeeeally like Sherman! He embodies a lot of what I’m trying to promote with thirty30. He wants to be the best at what he does, he puts in the work, and lives in the zone. He truly is a role-model for anyone trying to beat the odds and excel. And while it pains me to say…I have to be honest…he blew it. SMH But by no measure of the word is Sherman a thug, he’s simply human. He reminded us all that the enemy is STILL licking his chops where he’s always been, on the low ground. The only route to change, is the high road. I’ll be anxiously awaiting Sherman’s follow up. I know Oprah has PFT.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” MLK
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” MLK
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” MLK