Wilbon on Jalen Rose & Grant Hill

Submitted by StephenRKass on March 17th, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Michael Wilbon has an article at ESPN on Jalen Rose & Grant Hill. (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?id=6227464.) I am not sure what I think of the column. However, from Wilbon's perspective, there isn't a huge difference between where Jalen and Grant are today.

Wilbon also has some good observations on how black culture is not monolithic, and how the "Uncle Tom" debate is centuries old, and one that blacks have every day. He writes,

Still, except for the part where Calvin and Janet Hill were left hanging out there, depicted as anything other than the model parents that they are, the documentary and Grant Hill's response is part of a very necessary conversation, one which plays out in what I like to call Black World every hour of every single day in this country and has for the past 400 years. It sure as hell didn't start with basketball players; it started with the resentment that field niggas had for house niggas, and there will be no sanitizing of the term here because the feelings were even more raw than the language. It's a conversation most, though not all, white folks are unfamiliar with, one Spike Lee captured with both insight and humor in his movie "School Daze" including the differences between "good" and "bad" hair, and "talking" white. These are the primary elements of emotional and at times painful discussions that take place, sometimes between members of the same family, one set of children whose father bailed and the other set whose dad stayed and provided a life that in time led to an entirely different reality.

If you're interested in this whole topic, I'd encourage you to take a look, although it is a bit long.