Yvette Carnell: Did Roland Martin Cross the Line on Twitter?

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” tweeted CNN’s Roland Martin during the Superbowl.

Shit, meet fan, because next thing you know, GLAAD is tweeting back, ” @rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT”

It’s not that Martin’s comments were homophobic because, from where I stand, they were more boneheaded than anything. To say that the Superbowl is about football and not about seeing David Beckham in skin tight undies is a point that most impassioned football fans would make. For them, it’s all about the Bud Light and the end zone, and I’m fine with that.

Even though I know that the scourge of homophobia still runs thick in the African-American community, I really don’t get that from Martin’s comments. Problem is,  when a man tweets about how men shouldn’t be ogling over other men’s drawers during the Superbowl, he’s still tweeting about another man’s drawers during the Superbowl. And for a man who is a trusted CNN commentator, this sort of thing probably shouldn’t happen.

For the most part, I just feel that refraining from commenting on another man’s nakedness is probably a good idea. And I don’t feel, as do so many in the black community, that this is a nonissue, because professionalism is always at issue. It’s probably best for African-American men and women of stature to take the backyard barbecue one liners and yo’ mama jokes off Twitter.

Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.

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Dr. Boyce: So, Eddie Long is a King Now…How Delightful

And they say that there’s no more authentic black leadership…..

Anyone who was in doubt about the quality of black leadership today need only see the crowning of Bishop Eddie Long as King.  In a ceremony fit for a pimp, Bishop Eddie Long was given a scroll, a WWE wrestling belt and a bunch of other artificial trinkets that led him to being crowned by some guy who obviously doesn’t care that this so-called “man of God” might be a child molester.

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Dr. Boyce: 5 Things Black People Learned from Don Cornelius and Soul Train

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Don Cornelius Dies at 75 of Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius from Soul Train dies at the age of 75 in apparent suicide

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Dr. Boyce: Newt Gingrich and the Art of Racial Dog Whistling

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Dr. Boyce Thought of the Day: A Very Bad Reason to Vote for the Democrats

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“If you think the Democrats are bad, then wait till you see the Republicans in office!”….If I hear that weak, pathetic argument again, I am going to get sick. When black unemployment is the worst that its been in 25 years (as white unemployment has steadily improved), it’s not as if any party could do much worse. Black unemployment and mass incarceration are in a state of emergency, and it sickens me that people don’t seem to care about how our families are being destroyed because of it. If you want my vote, you must address my issues…if you’re too busy to address my issues, then I’m too busy to vote for you. PERIOD.

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Dr. Wilmer Leon and Cornel West Speak on Why Race & Class are Left off the Table in Mainstream Media

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Yes, Both of these Pictures are of Sammie Sosa: How in the Hayell Does This Happen Anyway?

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Dr. Boyce Thought of the Day: The Political Blindness Caused by Racism

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Dr. Boyce & Yvette: Obama’s Arizona Confrontation–Standard Politics or Disrespectful?

 

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Dr. Boyce: Meet the Man Who’d Be Happy to Give You His HIV

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins – BlackLikeMoi.com

A former professional wrestler who went by the name “Gangsta of Love” and “Sweet Sexy Sensation” has been sentenced to 32 – years in prison  for having sex with women without telling them that he’d tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.   Andre Davis, a 29-year old man, was sentenced on 14 counts of felonious assault in the case, after it was determined that at least a dozen of his partners were not made aware of his status.

Davis claims that he is a sex addict and that his addiction was also driven by losing his dream of becoming a pro wrestler after testing positive for HIV.

“Drugs and alcohol are terrible, but sex is something everybody wants,” he said.

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Dr. Boyce: Black, Athletic and Proud to be Ignorant

 

I received a phone call from a friend of mine who teaches elementary school. She told me that she’d spent the week excited about the fact that some college basketball players were coming to her school to eat lunch with the kids. She thought that her inner city students would gain from the chance to be mentored by the men they saw on TV.

Was she ever wrong. The men who came to her school left a less-than-favorable impression: Their chopped up speaking skills made her wonder if they’d gotten past a fifth grade reading level, some of them didn’t even know if they were Juniors or Seniors in college, and most of them barely knew their major (which was usually General Studies or one of those other “interesting” majors that happen to be chosen by half the basketball team).

As my friend described her situation, I thought about how far too often, collegiate athletics becomes nothing more than a virtual wasteland for African American men. Stuck on hoop dreams that will never materialize, many of these men throw away any chance or desire to obtain a meaningful education, and simultaneously buy into a culture of self-indulgent, counter-productive behavior that ends up making some of them almost worthless to our community.

You know the behavior I’m talking about, which is driven by commercialized hip-hop (that’s why rappers and athletes love to roll together): “I got many hoes,” “pass the weed n*gga,” “Shawty, I ain’t been to class in like two weeks”….that type of stuff.   Rather than the strong black man who leads his family and community, these men are encouraged to become the weed-smoking, pistol-poppin, club-strollin, woman-gettin playa who grows old sittin in his girlfriend’s living room in his drawz playing Xbox all day…..how deep they fall into the stereotype just depends on how much of the cultural kool-aid they choose to drink.

What’s so interesting about this behavior is that it is in stark contrast to the way these men line up like soldiers on their chosen academic plantations, running offensive schemes to precision, practicing their hearts out and displaying Einstein-like brilliance as they master complicated playbooks that are 200 pages thick. They are managed like well-trained circus animals, working to the bone to fill the coffers of an athletic overseer who stands to earn millions from the team’s next bowl-game or Final Four appearance.

Of course I’m not talking about every college athlete. Some athletes understand the game of life, and are protected from the desire to sell their soul for someone else’s economic dream. They understand the value in being both athletic and intelligent, and look forward to their futures as strong husbands and fathers.

But most of us know the brothers who “just don’t get it.” These are the men who, like pigs being led to slaughter, have bought into a lifestyle that is going to lead to their demise and the destruction of everything they love. Some of them end up in prison, some end up getting shot at a club during a “fight wit dat n*gga who was talking sh*t,” and even more end up as unemployed, uneducated, washed-up ex-NBA wannabes seeking out dead fantasies in the bottom of a bottle.

Is the NCAA partially to blame for this? Absolutely. They seem a lot more concerned when a player affects their revenue stream than they are about that player being educated or fairly compensated. But are our men to blame as well? Most definitely – in life, some of us are victims and some of us are volunteers.  The players are just as happy as their coaches to sign the lopsided contracts that give away nearly all of their labor and educational rights in exchange for a little “shine,” “swag,” and “ballerability.”

Even in prostitution, there are some situations where both the pimp and the hoe are happy with the arrangement. Collegiate athletics is the perfect pimp-hoe prototype and it makes me incredibly sad.  Perhaps one day we will wake up and smell the exploitation.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and the founder of ALARM, the Athlete Liberation Academic Reform Movement.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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President Obama Gets “Beefy” with AZ Gov Jan Brewer

 

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Yes, she really is wagging her finger in his face – Wow.

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Deadbeat Republican Owes $100,000 in Child Support

 

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Dr. Boyce: Obama’s SOTU Speech Addresses a Matter of National Security

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

I’ve never had a problem with money.  It’s good, it’s green, you can do fun things with it.  But as a Finance Professor, I learned long ago that there is a difference between appreciating the power of money and falling in love with it.  America is a country that loves money the way Flava Flav loves clocks and fried chicken; it’s entirely over the top, and years of unregulated capitalism are serving to undermine the stability of our entire democracy.

Over the last 15-years, the real wage of the Average American worker has remained stagnant.  Programs have also been sliced for the poor in record numbers.  All the while, the wealthiest 5% of all Americans have accumulated more than half of our country’s wealth.  Simultaneously, the bottom 40% only hold .3% of that wealth.  This, my friends, is not healthy American free enterprise.  This is the making of an oppressive society that is hell bent on self-destruction.

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My Former Student is Getting Married: What I Learned from Our Conversation

One of my former students is getting married in Houston in a few months. She has always had her pick of the litter, and I found it interesting when she said that she chose a man that a lot of her friends would have overlooked. She admitted that he wasn’t high on "swag," fancy clothes, smooth talk or material possessions. But she saw character, kindness, intelligence and affection from him that let her know that he has the capacity to love her for the rest of his life. I think a lot of women who "can’t find a good man" could learn something from her experience – good relationships are a matter of a) being able to choose the right partner, and b) knowing how to respond to the right partner in the right way.

A lot of people build relationships like a camp fire built using newspaper….newspaper might burn high, quick and fast, but it quickly fizzles out. Wood, instead of paper, might be a better option. But that’s just my two cents.

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Dr. Boyce and Roland Martin Discuss Poverty, Race and the State of the Union

 

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Dr. Boyce Thought of the Day: Die Slowly or Live Fully…We Always Have a Choice

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The Less Talk, More Action Tour Heads to New Orleans This Week

 

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Another Thought on Why Black People May Choose to Abstain from the Election

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