• Brian L. Barefield

You Ain’t Black Enough

Over the past week I have heard some very asinine statements come from the daily sports show on FS1, Speak For Yourself. The show is hosted by former NFL player and guardian of the “Hood Passes,” Marcellus Wiley from Compton, California and former journalist Jason Whitlock from Indianapolis, Indiana. For some reason I think I missed the memo or need to check my email to see the announcement that they have become the new voices of the black community.

I digress.

After Roc Nation’s CEO Jay-Z decided to join in a partnership with the NFL last week, former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s name was mentioned during the press conference on numerous occasions and media members wanted to know if Jay-Z had talked to Kaepernick before making the decision to collaborate with the NFL. The multi-millionaire businessman responded that he had talked to him in the past and went on further to express the need to move past kneeling (2016 national anthem protest started by Kaepernick in a pre-season game) and start looking to further the cause.

"I think that we forget that Colin's whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice," said Jay-Z. "In that case, this is a success. This is the next thing because there’s two parts of the protest."

Yes, Jay you are right. I do agree with you on that statement and I have also gone on record by saying that I will wait at least three years for you to push whatever initiatives you are going to put in place to help bring awareness to social injustices towards minorities.

Now this is where the article should have ended right? This is where you walk away feeling positive that Jay having a seat at the table may help NFL owners see what their employees (players) have an issue with. I wish this was the end, but the aforementioned “guardians of the black community,” couldn’t leave well enough alone.

Marcellus Wiley went on a rant this past Monday on SFY and referred to Kaepernick not feeling “the full weight” of injustice being that he is “mixed.”

"Kaepernick comes from a situation where he never felt the full weight of these injustices," Wiley said. "This is a mixed-race guy who was raised by a white family from Wisconsin to central California. Respect. That does not disqualify you from talking for us but when you make missteps and miscalculations, oh, it comes back into play."

Yes, you read that correctly. Wiley, who does not know what Kaepernick’s upbringing was like used the “not black enough” card to partly disqualify Colin from speaking about social injustices. He used the race of the couple who adopted him and where he was raised to push his false narrative. Oh, and let’s not forget that he threw in the fact that Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nessa Diab is “not black enough” in his diatribe as well. Ms. Diab is of Egyptian descent.

So, if I am correct. If you are of mixed race you can’t fully understand what the “struggle” is because you are not all the way black. Got it. Wait. No, I don’t because that would disqualify my late wife who witnessed first-hand what the struggle was like growing up with a white mother and a black father from knowing what social injustice was.

She wouldn’t know what it was like to have the police show up at her house and tell her that she needed to keep her little “Nigger child” in check. Or when her mother had to hide her in her coat from the KKK because she was mixed living in a town that was majority white. What about the time the neighbors wanted her and her kids out of the neighborhood because of their skin color.

Can she not have commented on the state of social injustice because her white mother loved a black man?

See how dumb that sounds? Don’t you love to flaunt your Ivy-League degree every chance you get? It seems like you may need to get them on the phone and have them explain how they failed you in this area.

No one should have their motives questioned because of their race and community. If someone wants to help bring awareness to social injustice, you should welcome them with open arms because that is one more person willing to help correct an issue.

What you did Marcellus is open a door wide enough for your