(blog post from ThankQ.me)
I was instant messaging a co-worker of mine who resides in Richmond, VA. She’s a football fan and we’re talking NFL when the subject of other sports came up. I mentioned that I liked the NBA and NCAA basketball, but that I’d really enjoyed the NHL this past season.
Then I saw a series of “LOL’s” all across my screen. She was laughing at me.
“How can a black man from the south enjoy hockey?”
“Uh, I just do. It’s an exciting sport! And the presentation of the Stanley Cup is the greatest trophy presentation I’ve ever seen.”
“That’s it. I’m pulling your race card, Q. I’m going to revoke your black license.”
Wow. A black man can’t enjoy hockey? A person from the south isn’t allowed to ‘pimp the puck’? One day I decided to give hockey a chance back in ’93 and I’ve followed the New Jersey Devils ever since (I picked them since my alma mater’s mascot are Devils). Mix in the fact that we have a minor league hockey team in Biloxi and my interest grew even more.
In fact, The Mrs. and I (who was just a girlfriend at the time) attended Game 7 of the Kelly Cup and sat through double-OT (until 2 AM) until the Mississippi Seawolves hoisted the Cup after an awesome goal (I knew at that point that she was marriage material if she was willing to sit through four hours of hockey with me).
Well, needless to say, I didn’t share the fact that I’ve attended a NASCAR race at Talledega on three separate occasions. My co-worker might have orchestrated a racial intervention at that point.
But, the bottom line is: I love sports. If there’s a ball involved or someone being timed, I’ll probably watch it. In fact, I think it’s sad that some people consider some sports a “white” or “black” sport simply based on stereotypes.
Basketball and Track & Field have always been considered “black” sports, the PGA, NHL, Tennis and NASCAR have always been considered “white” sports.
Does that mean I’m not allowed to view a sport “outside of my race” without getting my “black license” revoked? Of course not.
People need to be more open-minded when it comes to sports, music and movies. Black people need to stop hating on every white rapper that comes along and white people need to put more black people in lead roles on prime time TV.
And so on and so on. Let’s get past this crap already.