Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali.
Last week upon hearing of the death of Ernie Banks, my first thought was of my father Thomas E. Ankum. My father was a devout Cubs fan. But more than that, he was an Ernie Banks fan.
Whenever the Cubs were playing, he was right there in front of the TV or radio, watching or listening to the game. I don’t think my father ever had a chance, i.e. enough money, to attend a Cubs game but that never stopped him from talking about Ernie Banks. Matter-a-fact I don’t remember my father ever talking about any other sports player the way he talked about Ernie Banks.
While listening to Reverend Jackson eulogize Mr. Banks, I realized why. Like so many, I ignorantly thought that Ernie Banks had come along way after the desegregation of baseball and had been fortunate enough to miss all of that. But I was wrong.
What a great man he was, to have come through such a scaving experience and still be able to smile with his fellow man.
Also, Reverend Jackson, brought me to tears with his story about what happened to Mr. Banks when he wanted to honor his long time friend, Ron Santos. It took a strong man to handle that. I was therefore extremely encouraged to see Mr. Santos sons there to honor Mr. Ernie Banks.
Mr. Banks’ life reminded me of that poem by Kipling, ‘If’.
“If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what’s more, you’ll be a man, my son.’
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth
Eliza D. Ankum
My point exactly. So what are they doing with those Black men?
When these athlete attend functions and there are NO Black women there, shouldn’t they be the first to ask WHY?
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth
Last week I got angry, really really angry. Why you ask. Because Michael Jordan the sports icon of all sports icons got married. And YES, he married a White woman.
Ordinarily, this would not have made me angry. I would have fluffed it off as just another white gold digger marrying a rich Black man for his money.
However, I just so happen to have written a little Book, entitled Flight 404 with a Denzel Washington type character married to a white woman. When the movie ‘Flight’ came out, it seemed every Black Woman in America was up in arms because Denzel Washington was having a relationship with a White woman in the film.
So, last week when Michael Jordan married long time girl friend Yvette Prieto, I waited and waited and waited for the angry outcry from Black women around the country. But it never came. Why?
Are we saying movie stars have more influence than sports stars? Is that what you think?
Denzel Washington you might see once or twice a year in a film role, but the Michael Jordan types your husband, lover, son, brother, uncle, or father watches every weekend on TV. And every time that camera pans the audience your husband, lover, son, brother, uncle, or father sees that sports star’s white wife sitting in the audience. So don’t be fooled.
For example, let’s say, you’re going to have some of the top athletes, actors, and musicians and their wives over for a Memorial Day barbeque. Every wife at your table, except for one, will be White. Can you guess which one? The only other sister at your barbeque will be you and you’d be serving.
Don Cornelius (posthumously)
Even the gay NBA player Jason Collins had a white girlfriend
It seems Finances = White Fiancée
And you wonder where our power and influence has gone. And haven’t even mentioned the Senators and Congressmen who are married to White women.
Denzel Washington and Wife