“the only reason why in 2019 we have to have a debate over whether a Black multi millionaire hitching his wagon to one of the racist institutions of america benefits the Black collective, is that we don’t read. matter of fact, we don’t even bother to listen to the speeches of our great intellectual, revolutionary giants. there is nothing incomprehensible about the deal jay z inked with the nfl that has not already been explained by amos wilson, kwame ture, et al.
if we knew the words of kwame ture’s and charles hamilton’s black power like we knew the lyrics of jay z’s hard knock life, we wouldn’t have to ask if this is a win for us. if we concerned ourselves with the words of fred hampton as much as we do the latest episodes of Black celebrity this conversation would be a moot point.
our failure to not only read, but study the likes of amos wilson results in us not understanding power dynamics. our failure to heed the words of neely fuller results in us confusing pacification with liberation. because had we internalized fuller’s words when he wrote if you don’t understand white supremacy/racism ,everything that you do understand will only confuse you, then we would look at what jay z is doing with the nfl from an entirely different perspective. we would not view this as a victory because we would know embedded within the american story, “nigguh’s winning” wasn’t never constituted” – Skot NJ