We’ve already had the conversation about whether or not hating on Kimbo Slice makes you racist. My conclusion is that there’s a venn diagram going on where racists hate Kimbo because they’re stupid racists, but then there’s a whole bunch of other people who hate Kimbo because his picture is in the dictionary next to the word “Overhyped”. But I didn’t realize there was a third group of people out there: black people who hate Kimbo because they think he makes them look bad. Check out some excerpts from ESPN’s LZ Granderson:
- “Why else would Slice disregard all sense of honor, pride and history to project an image that can best be described as a cross between Lil’ Wayne and Kunta Kinte — a runaway slave with a mouth full of gold teeth playing up every single stereotype of an African-American male in exchange for short-lived adoration from a soulless media with ADD.”
- “In a recent photo shoot with ESPN The Magazine, a shirtless Slice makes a variety of menacing/coonish facial expressions that are uncomfortably close to those of a caged animal, which he is routinely referred to online.”
- “And the YouTube clip mentioned earlier is pretty close to a lynch mob environment. All of which he seems to be playing up as part of his act.”
- “Slice and his Gus from “Birth of a Nation” persona are headed toward stardom. And I thought Flavor Flav getting his own show was a low point for black Americana.”
- “I understand this “clowning for dollars” mentality is not unique to black men. But since we make up 41 percent of the country’s inmates (according to the U.S. Department of Justice), the last thing we need is folks conjuring up images of Amos ‘n’ Andy.”
- “If people want to coon for the camera under the guise of artistic expression or freedom of speech, that is indeed their right.”
Keep in mind these are just highlights (or lowlights) from this guy’s article, which quite simply just blows my fucking mind. I’ve spent a good hour writing stuff, deleting it, writing it again, and then deleting it again. This is a seriously complicated issue that boils down to this: there are black people out there who are sick of the way media is portraying them and angry with other black people who fall into those stereotypes. Is that a valid opinion? Maybe. Is Kimbo the one who should be getting the brunt of this guy’s anger? Fuck no.
How this column got past ESPN’s editors I have no idea. I’ve never read a more racist thing in my life. Contrary to popular opinion, no you don’t get to say whatever racist shit you want about black people just because you’re black. I imagine he thinks he can dress this up like it’s some kind of pious race discussion when all he’s doing is throwing out an A-Z of racist vocabulary in Slice’s direction. You want a summary of what LZ Granderson is trying to say? “Kimbo Slice is a nigger, and I don’t like niggers.”
What. The. Fuck.