For those people, who do not own a TV, for they are probably the only ones who have not seen Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s rant after their game with the San Francisco 49ers, here is what happened.

On the final play of the game, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, attempted to complete a touchdown pass, in the end zone to receiver Michael Crabtree. With seconds left in the fourth quarter, Richard Sherman made the game-saving tip in the end zone on a ball intended for Crabtree that was intercepted by Malcolm Smith.  This resulted in the Seahawks beating the 49ers by a score of 23 to 17.   Moments later, Sherman runs over to Crabtree and said, “Hell of a game. Hell of a game,” while extending his hand.  Crabtree’s response was to stiff-arm Sherman in the face.

Now only Sherman and possibly Crabtree knows if Sherman was being sincere in his congratulations,  but after Sherman’s rant when interviewed after the game, I suspect that he was trash-talking and he was being a smart-ass.  I say this based on two things; one, everyone knows of the bad blood between Crabtree and Sherman and it started last off-season at a fund-raiser that they both attended.  Secondly, immediately after the play, he made a choking sign with his hands, which he admitted, directed at the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The trash-talking continued on the sidelines, in the aftermath of the NFC title game when Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews asked Sherman what happened on the final play of the game, a play where Sherman forced a tip that resulted in a game-sealing interception.

“Well I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like [Michael] Crabtree that’s the result you’re going to get,” Sherman SCREAMED. “Don’t you ever talk about me.”

In the days that followed, I hear all kinds of black media tell the American public that this situation was unfortunate because it involved two “brothers.”  So, Sherman responses by apologizing for his remarks because of the reason that it “detracted from the rest of his team members.”  He never admitted that he did anything wrong.   So, then these same black media personal shift gears and all their comments about the incident, is about how Sherman is such a wonderful human being and how much he gives back to society through his many charitable endeavors.

So, at this juncture, Sherman is asked if he thinks that he is a “thug” in response to his trash-talking on the field and his rant on the side-lines, by some reporter in attendance.

Now this brought about the latest response from Sherman, which was that the use of the word “thug” was the new way for white people to call black people the n-word.  Again, members of the black media immediately jumped on this same bandwagon and started agreeing with Richard Sherman.  What a game of smoke and mirrors to change the entire concept of what happened at the end of the NFC Championship game.

I am the first to realize that there is a big chasm between white and black perceptions especially when it comes to the justice system.  Remember that even to this day, the vast majority of black society still think that O.J. Simpson is innocent and was being railroaded by white society.

The first time that I heard black inmates use the term “thug” was in reference to other gang members, in prison, regardless of their race.  The other time was on the cover of an album by Tupac Shakur, entitled, “Thug Life Volume 1,” in which, rappers and hip-hop artists started referring to themselves as thugs.

I guess that we can no longer reference Al Copone or John Dillinger as thugs.

What I find interesting about all this is that the focus has shifted and the blame is being put on white society.  The message being sent by the black community is to excuse all behavior that is done by black people, that white society is again a racist society, that black people can call each other whatever they want and if a white person uses the same terms…it is now a racist term, and finally, black society is not only allowed to determine what is racist, but also get to write the game plan.

So, I won’t say that Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree were acting like “thugs.”  But, I will take a quote from my Dad, “an ass by any other name is still an ass.”

 

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