Homeboy Sandman Takes Black People to Task After Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments
In response to Donald Sterling’s alleged racist comments and the Los Angeles Clippers players’ reactions, rapper Homeboy Sandman writes a polarizing piece for Gawker calling black people “cowards.”
The Stones Throw artist’s think piece is in direct response to the Los Angeles Clippers team’s silent protest during their playoff game on Sunday (April 28). Before the game, the players gathered at center court, took off their warm-up shirts and left them on the ground. They also wore their warm-up shirts inside out so that it wouldn’t display the Clippers name or logo.
Some were dissatisfied with the Clippers team’s protest and felt they should have done more — primarily, not play the game itself, as Lil Wayne suggested.
So the LA Clippers have chosen to protest Donald Sterling in the tradition of civil rights activists such as Kriss Kross?
— Wyatt Cenac (@wyattcenac) April 27, 2014
In Homeboy Sandman’s passionate essay, he calls the Clippers, and black people in general, complacent and not willing to take a stand against racial oppression.
“I don’t want black people at my events anymore, because black people are cowards,” he writes. “In all the history I’ve ever studied, in all the fiction I’ve ever read, I am hard-pressed to find an example of cowardice to rival the modern day black American, and nobody wants to be surrounded by cowards right?”
In essence, Homeboy Sandman would love to see black folks boycott not just NBA games but also hip-hop clubs, music, television and magazines.
“Let’s step it up. If every NBA player who wanted to stand up against racism vowed not to play until the Clippers’ owner resigned, it would be announced that he resigned before you were finished reading this,” he writes. “If we boycotted every night spot that spins music about how much we love killing each other and taking and selling drugs, every single one of them would have new DJs by next week (don’t even get me started on these new DJs. The new drug dealers. Admitting that they know what they’re giving people is bad for them but caring more about getting paid).”
“Let’s step it up and not buy magazines pushing music designed to glamorize a lifestyle certain to land our youth in prison,” he writes further. “Let’s step it up and take off from work and stay home with our kids until these preposterous tenure rules are revoked from public schools and it’s the kids that can’t be fired, not the teachers.”
“Isn’t the discomfort of oppression enough? There’s plenty of solutions, just no easy ones, but if we can shift to courage instead of cowardice, there’s more than enough solutions to guarantee our success. Guarantee. Next time you’re complaining about how this country was built on us, take a second to think about the fact that it still is. If we want to, we can shut this whole place down,” he finishes.
Reactions on Twitter have been mixed with people believing Homeboy Sandman is trolling the Internet to others supporting his call for action. Read the tweets below.
I don't like Homeboy Sandman's heavy-handed, insulting tone or his blanket depiction of blacks as apathetic, but he made reasonable points..
— Benjamin. (@ZuluWolf_) April 28, 2014
Did y'all ACTUALLY READ the Homeboy Sandman Gawker piece? If you really understood it then why are you mad @ HIM for? Think hard now…
— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) April 28, 2014
Thirdly, it's a total troll by homeboy sandman. It's not clever, insightful, or anything. Just trolling black folks. That's it. That's all.
— Bored Member (@MarcusJNorris) April 28, 2014
That @Gawker article entitled "Black People Are Cowards" by Homeboy Sandman is EVERYTHING. Seriously such a profound and important read.
— Killian Jackson (@killianwjackson) April 28, 2014
Gonna' guess that this is just a ploy for Homeboy Sandman to get some press. I bet he has an album out recently. Oh http://t.co/89aZWbHGHA
— Gingerick Lamar (@odiolasgalletas) April 28, 2014
That whole article, from the title to the text was way too emotional.
— RABBI KUSH (@DomMcLennon) April 28, 2014
And Homeboy Sandman's term paper-length thinkpiece he plucked out between lattes… SMH.
— Black Canseco (@BlackCanseco) April 28, 2014
Don't get put off by the clickbait title, Homeboy Sandman makes some good points here. "Black People Are Cowards" http://t.co/oeCRIIH9uD
— eva destruktion (@evadestruktion) April 28, 2014
Homeboy Sandman didn't do a damn thing he's calling Blacks cowards for not doing, so is the hell is he to pass judgment?
— Ryan (@Snr_BoatsNHoes) April 28, 2014
I don't know who Homeboy Sandman is but he makes valid points. The black folks of today are nothing like the black folks of yesterday….
— BlackSenpai (@SweetSlimJones_) April 28, 2014
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