Today’s Isms Become Tomorrow’s Wasms

By Robert Ecksel on December 24, 2012
Today’s Isms Become Tomorrow’s Wasms
And while I can't swear to it, the last I looked Wladimir Klitschko is white. (Robert Ecksel)

Racism, like any other ism, will eventually disappear, assuming we don’t destroy each other and the planet first.…

Slavery is the scab that never heals. One hundred and fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation, we have a race problem that will not quit. Despite what you may have heard, all men are not created equal. Having a black president is a step forward, but it has reanimated the old prejudices. Racism is grotesque. It is also omnipresent. But it’s a two-way street. There are white racists, just as there are black racists. For every armed and dangerous wannabe like George Zimmerman, there’s an African American who is just as paranoid as the alleged killer of Trayvon Martin.

These unpleasant thoughts surfaced after reading a seemingly harmless article on BoxingInsider titled, “Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Jr.: 1,300 Pushups and No Lessons from the Joint.”

The author opened his article with these words: “Floyd Mayweather, Jr. continues to be one of the most polarizing figures in boxing and he relishes that role with gusto. He and his team consider him the ‘face’ of boxing which – depending on the day and the line of sight – isn’t always a good thing, especially lately. For as professionally talented as Mayweather is, he is equally flawed on a personal level. The man is a walking contradiction; one minute he is burning hundred dollar bills and the next he is feeding the poor and providing for the ‘less fortunate.’”

I wouldn’t have used the loaded “line of sight” or put the words “less fortunate” in quotes, but that’s me and I’m careful what I write. Floyd is, as the author points out, a “polarizing” figure. He is also “professionally talented” and “flawed on a personal level,” just like the rest of us.

The author quoted Money May from a recent interview where he spoke about his incarceration.

“Look,” said Floyd, “you can never learn nothing from losing your freedom. You appreciate the smaller things in life. Just seeing trees and walking outside, you appreciate things like that after losing your freedom. I was doing 1,300 pushups a day. I’m locked up 23 hours a day. I get to come out one hour and on weekends…It was rough.”

Anyone who has ever been behind bars knows what a bummer it is. It’s not just the monotonous curtailing of one’s freedom that’s a drag. It’s also the drudgery of having to listen to jailers who, by some twisted quirk of fate, are higher on the food chain, for however long the incarceration lasts.

“Of course I’m more mature,” Floyd continued, “more older. I don’t have to sit around and badmouth my opponents or talk bad about anybody. I know what I bring to the table, and when it’s lights, camera, action—then I give you entertainment.”

Mayweather has done his fair share of badmouthing over the years. The Pacquiao defamation lawsuit is one example. And Floyd, despite being the finest pure boxer alive, has not always been the most entertaining fighter. It’s not his fault that he’s head and shoulders above the competition, but let’s get real.

Speaking about 50 Cent, his estranged “best friend” and former business partner, Mayweather stated, “Like I’ve said before, I wish him nothing but the best. My main focus is Mayweather Promotions and the ‘Money Team’. The main thing I’ve got to do is just focus on me and focus on what I’ve got to do. I’ve been at the top before I met 50 and I’m going to continue to be at the top.”

The author crossed the line when he decided to close with a gratuitous swipe at Money May.

“His inner circle is fractured due to the loss of Jackson, and his claim of maturity does not seem to have included much humility for the ‘face of boxing.’ The most believable thing about Mayweather, Jr.‘s claims from his loss of freedom experience is that he is able to do 1,300 pushups a day.”

Ho-hum and la dee da. It’s not the worst thing he could have written, but give me a bang before a whimper any day.

Of more interest than the above words are the words that follow. They are comments that, in and of themselves, reveal more about the writers than the author and what he wrote.

“Why do you racist writers & media stay trying to assassinate this mans character?” wrote Koreé GollDee McCoy-Boyd. “We don’t ever see you giving anybody esle in boxing negative press, but him?”

McCoy-Boyd isn’t looking hard enough. Nor is he using spell-check. Bernard Hopkins has received more than his fair share of negative press, but maybe it’s because he’s black and not because he overstayed his welcome. Then there’s the Klitschkos. They too have been drawn and quartered, especially Wladimir, by some members of the press. And while I can’t swear to it, the last I looked the Klitschkos are white.

Daryl Preston, an astute commenter out of Seattle, Washington, is a man of few words, but his words were as exemplary as they were to the point. “What kind of silly ass article was this?” he asked.

Octavius Jomar Chatman from Atlanta started off of sound mind, before allowing his chauvinism to get the better of him.

“At the end of the day,” Chatman wrote, “it is his money. If he is giving it to the poor; GREAT; that’s his right. If he wants to burn it or make it rain in a club; that’s his prerogative too. Why are we hating???” That was a graceful moment full of accuracy, followed by a moment with a less of both. “Manny’s team stomps out a photographer for taking pics of him flat on his face; but there is no smart remarks for that towards him and his choice of people he is involved with; but you sit here with your double standards and trash Floyd; SMDH!!!!?”

Manny got plenty of negative press, from white and black writers alike. In my opinion, the lambasting he received was way overblown in light of the injuries the photographer suffered, which were exactly none.

Armando Santana commented on the article. “He is too much SHOW! Fight CANELO already!!!” That’s a fine idea. Santana should bring it up with Golden Boy, if they’ll take his call. Money May will fight Big Red one of these days, but it won’t be one of these days soon, and it won’t be because he’s the one that is stalling.

No one will ever mistake TheWalking Rob for Shakespeare, but he wasn’t about to let that deter him.

“Undefeated sowant mean shit when you hand pick opponents,” TheWalking Rob wrote. “When a boxer challenges you and you take them on and beat them, then Ill be impressed. He waited for Mosley to be almost 40, 8 yrs after he challenged him. He outweighed Marquez by at least 15 lbs and then talks about he wants pacman tested so its fair. He is pure ghetto and I myself would love a crack at him for FREE!”

We should run that proposition by Armando Santana. If Floyd doesn’t “fight CANELO already!!!” would it be okay of he fought TheWalking Rob for FREE???

The comments go on, as comments tend to do. The reactions to the article, which wasn’t much to get worked up about in the first place, were the usual tempest in a teapot.

The snide opining at the end did less to degrade Mayweather than degrade the author. Perhaps he, like many others, is jealous of Floyd’s success. He might even be jealous that Mayweather is black.

Before people blow their tops or burst a blood vessel or whatever it is that people do when they’re upset, remember that racism, like any other ism, will eventually disappear, assuming we don’t destroy each other and the planet first.

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  1. the thresher 07:06am, 12/30/2012

    Don from Prov, that being the case, you won’t mind my Facebook tribute to a great American. 

    “Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the US-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf war against Iraq, died Thursday.

    “He was a great General who restored pride for many people. His flank move to trap the Republican Guard was one of the greatest military moves ever—right up there with Mac’s Inchon landing in Korea. Norman was what America was all about.”

    “I remember at the time just before we attacked, I had to address a large group of people and I gave a little prayer before my address. I remember seeing photos of the General talking to his troops before the attack and getting them mentally ready. You could see it in their eyes. You could feel it. You could sense it. You knew they were primed and good to go. You knew the Republican Guard was in for some big trouble. And then it happened just that way and the next thing we knew, the enemy generals were in a tent surrendering and Colin Powell was debating whether we should finish them off on the Highway of Death. It was a sweet and morally sound victory against an enemy that had attacked Kuwait preeminently. It was grand.

    May God rest his soul.”

  2. peter 06:33pm, 12/27/2012

    I’m a pretty simple guy. I’ve always loved boxing because, for me, it transcended issues of race and has purged animosity.  Perhaps I’m naive, but the ugliness, for me, has always been outside of the ring, not inside.

  3. Eric 08:39am, 12/25/2012

    This is a boxing site but I’ll give my views on “racism” in the United States, South Africa and abroad. “Racism” continues to exist because we have a CONTROLLED media that WANTS to constantly stoke the fires of racism for their own agenda. But notice it’s a ONE WAY street always used to promote Whites as those evil “raycissss.” Like the aforementioned Zimmerman-Martin case that was run 24/7 over and over on all news outlets. Of course the media portrayed the Hispanic Zimmerman as a White man even though he’s about as White as Wesley Snipes. Now contrast this case to two horrific Black on White murders a few years back. The “Wichita Massacre” and the “Christian-Newsom Murders” were gruesome and people like Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin and others voiced their concern on the lack of media coverage and protestd the fact that neither of these horrific crimes were deemed “hate crimes.” Malcoim X should see South Africa nowadays. South African White farmers are being slaughtered at an alarming rate by machete wielding marauding Blacks. Many South African White farmers including the elderly and children are hacked to death, raped, tortured, or mutilated routinely in what is now anti-Apartheid South Africa. Where is the outcry from the media NOW?? I’ll end by noting that it is only White countries that have to adopt other races into their lands turning them into some kind of third world flophouse. What of Israel’s draconian immigration laws? What of Asian nations like Japan or China? Why is it that only Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada have to be multicultural and not the rest of the world? So it’s Israel for Jews only, Japan for Japanese only, Mexico for Mexicans only, and White countries for everybody? Anyone else see the duplicitous hypocritical stance here??

  4. Don from Prov 08:03am, 12/25/2012

    This is a good article—and a thoughtful one.
    The accompanying footage is very interesting.

    I love this site but one thing I don’t love about it is the strong bent toward never slipping into varied topics of interest.  So, I appreciated this piece.

  5. Rick 05:54pm, 12/24/2012

    What exactly is the point of this article? I can make you a list of reasons why myself and many others dislike Floyd Mayweather and not one of them are because he is black. And what makes you so sure racism will ever die? Im afraid it existed long long before Africans were brought to America as slaves. And im afraid it will continue to last into the forseeable future.

  6. big boss man 05:50pm, 12/24/2012

    X was undefeated

  7. Robert Ecksel 12:19pm, 12/24/2012

    I believe he had the same number of pro fights as Angelo Dundee.

  8. NYIrish 12:08pm, 12/24/2012

    I thought this was a boxing website. How many pro fights did Malcolm X have?

  9. Eric 12:02pm, 12/24/2012

    George Zimmerman isn’t White by the way. Seems like those in the media WANT to portray Zimmerman as White but anyone can clearly see the Peruvian is a Hispanic with a German surname he acquired from his adopted Jewish parents. Also from what I understand about the case Zimmerman was clearly acting in self defense and in no way resembles “a dangerous wannabe.”  One can clearly see the biases in the coverage of the Zimmerman case not only in their anti-White prejudices in trying to portray Zimmerman as White, but in their “doctored” tapes of Zimmerman and showing pictures of a prepubscent Trayvon Martin as some sort of angelic angel when in fact he was well over 6 feet tall and towered over the diminutive Peruvian.

  10. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 08:07am, 12/24/2012

    To Robert Ecksel, the Editor—Here’s a tip about editing that won’t cost you a red cent….your first paragraph should have been your concluding paragraph and it should have been in bold type punctuated with a dozen exclamation points…..otherwise as I have posted in the past ....your heart is in the right place.

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