That article is retarded. Scoop Jackson is another in a long line of individuals who would rather call someone racist than actually stop and think critically about what someone might have to say, even if that person disagrees. They did it to Cosby. It's really funny - Scoop makes the assumption that Phil is a racist, and that Phil gives a pass to DeLay, Martha, et al, because Phil is white. I'd call that racist - but Scoop isn't racist, because he's a righteous defender of black culture, even the portions that reflect violence, criminality and misogyny. Please.
If I call this
guy a racist, am I ignorant for making that judgement? Because the fact he dresses like a racist doesn't mean that he is one, right? If this guy were to walk around a black neighborhood, no one would have a problem with it, right? Because to make inferences about someone based on the way they present themselves to the world is ignorant, right?
It's really naive to think people are ignorant because they don't like it when AI and 50 Cent dress the same. It doesn't matter where the style originated; it is what it is. Hiphop culture is a violent culture in some ways; why shouldn't someone react badly to it?
Anyway, I hope the NBA cleans up its act. I miss when it was just basketball, instead of a slice of thug prima donna pie.
Ok, this Police Officer/KKK member comparison is getting really friggin old.
When you are a Police Officer, you are issued a regulatory police issued uniform so people know what your job is.
When you are a KKK member, you wear that stupid crap because you believe in certain things.
They are 2 DEFINED UNIFORMS THAT DIRECTLY REFLECT BEHAVIOR.
I'm not talking about halloween, when people dress like cops or (for some unknown reason) KKK members.
But comparing an NBA player wearing baggy jeans and a sideways hat as equalling a certain behavior in the same way a KKK outfit equals a certain behavior is not only moronic, it is irresponsible and dangerous, cause you would be spreading those ideas to others, like your kids.
For the twentieth time, the diverse amount of people (violent, non-violent, white, black, asian, etc etc etc) that in some way wears hip hop clothing completely diminish any point people have when they say "that person is dressed like a thug, so they probably act like one". This isn't racism, this is retardism, cause you gotta be retarded to think a sideways hat and a pair of baggy jeans makes someone more prone to illegal acts. Especially when there are thousands of illegal acts going on by guys in suits right now.
I'd like to think this has ZERO to do with race, but that would be a little idealistic. Either way, go ahead and slap suits on people and make believe the problems are decreasing. As long as people are comfortable with the image the problem seems to lessen in their minds.