This Is A Difficult Post To Tittle
You can call it whatever sounds good to you.
My last three and a half years of high school were in a small town south of Boston in the 1950s. I spent a lot of time in Boston Garden watching basketball. Of course, to this day I love the Celtics, a love that began with the Cooz and Russ.
I am reading for the second or third time Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA in the Words of the Men Who Played, Coached, and Built Pro Basketball by Terry Pluto published 1992.
On page 337 of the soft cover version is a comment by Tom Heinsohn about Bill Russell. I will quote all of Heinsohn’s comment:
Russell has never acknowledged the racial incidents that happened to him in Boston – he doesn’t want those bigots to know they hurt him. The one I remember was when Bill bought a new home in Reading, Massachusetts. The town even had a night for him. It touched Bill deeply that he’d be accepted in a white town like Reading and he broke down and cried. He said, “I’m going to spend the rest of my life here.”
As the years passed, Bill started shopping for another house in a different neighborhood in Reading – a nicer neighborhood because he could afford it. And then, some of those people who had honored him began circulating a petition against him. People broke into his home and put shit all over everything and wrote obscenities on the walls. He began to wonder, who can I trust? But for him to tell the world what happened – he felt that would just egg the people on to do it again. But you better believe that colored his outlook on Boston.
That was in the 1950s and 1960s. Some folks would like to think we’ve come a long way since then. Heck it’s been fifty plus years. We’ve elected a black man as President – twice.
As far as I’m concerned, the Republicans in Congress make it seem like the 1960s all over again. 21 Jan 2009, the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he was going to work to make Obama a one term president.
Well, that’s about the only thing the TeaPartiers haven’t accomplished since they took over the House in 2010.
None of the Talking Heads on Fox, CNN or MSNBC will come out and say the reason there is gridlock in DC is because of the President’s skin color. But, as far as I am concerned there are far too many white folks who absolutely hate anyone of color. In public they keep their mouth shut, but in the polling booth, they vote for the white candidate.