Written by Avery Mullen
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New York, NY- Some will call me a homer with this one and others will read this installment objectively and see where I am coming from as far as my stance on this. There is absolutely a double standard when it comes to black athletes behaving in what is seemed as “demonstrative”. The sideline show that was seen during the Dallas Cowboy and Detroit Lion game on Sunday, hosted by Dez Bryant, was typical of what you see at every sports event. Just so happen that Dez Bryant plays in the National Football League and gets paid millions of dollars and….oh by the way he is African American.
The reference was made by Pittsburgh Steeler player Ryan Clark to Tom Brady. Tom Brady, a three time Super Bowl champion has had numerous “blow ups” on the sideline and the first thing you here is he is showing leadership. African American players such as Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant are called immature and distractions. Huh? If you are playing sports to lose and to not show any emotions at all then I believe, something’s wrong with you. Is Dez Bryant a distraction for this based on his not so squeaky clean past?
Does Tom Brady get a pass because of his success in the NFL? Maybe and maybe. The serious issue is that society seems to pass the media portrayal of young African American males to be a threat. When that threat displays any type of emotion, whether the true intent of those emotions are known or not, society immediately chalks it up to be threatening or divisive.
I will say myself that young African American men must always realize where they are and who is watching them based off of these ideas. It is a shame that they must keep that idea and understanding and carries that with them with whom or wherever they are or however much money they make. There is a double standard and society cares not that it is blatant. It is unfortunately the African American male’s responsibility to himself to be able to evaluate and understand how and where to channel those emotions.
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