Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Latest of Jacory Harris Shows That Racism Is Still a Problem, Even In Sports

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Jacory Harris had a very disappointing game when the Miami Hurricanes took on Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Harris tossed four interceptions in the team’s loss. Although there had to be a negativity said about Harris, one man went overboard. The man sent a Twitter message to Harris’s Twitter account, saying that the reason the Hurricanes lost was because they had a black quarterback.

Now, to me, that just sounds terrible and it is something that is definitely not right to say in today’s world. Since this incident happened, all the players on Miami’s roster had to terminate their accounts on the social network. Harris said it didn’t bother him all that much.

“Not really worried about it,” Harris told the Associated Press. “I know people say things like that. It’s part of the sport. Got to get used to it.”

Nobody could ever find the tweet again since the termination of the account. It was recalled that this isn’t the first time that Harris has received racist comments.

“It’s flat-out wrong,” Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “It’s sad. It’s disappointing. In a position that we celebrate, living in one of the most diverse communities in our nation, to have this type of behavior is appalling. It’s not tolerable. Jacory is a very talented young man. We’ll just continue on focusing to do the right things and rise above these type of comments.”

Harris said this is a final message on his Twitter.

“You see some things and you get kind of hurt, because sometimes it’s your fans that say the things,” Harris said. “It’ll be the ones that probably just before the game wrote you some encouraging message, then after the game say they don’t want a black quarterback here. Stuff like that. It’s cool.”

However, all the Hurricanes’ players’ Twitter accounts weren’t deleted because of the message Harris received, but it’s a good thing they deleted beforehand so the message won’t cause such a fuss as it already is.

“We choose to focus on those positives rather than one individual, who chooses to make such ignorant comments,” Shannon said. “It’s sad that Jacory would be exposed to those types of statements. They have no place in our society and are not tolerated at the University of Miami.”

Harris said he won’t let the comments affect him.

“It’s happened before, but it’s nothing that I’m worried about,” Harris said. “I’m not worried about it, so you guys shouldn’t be worried about it. I’m OK with it. It’s not a problem. Not with me.”

His teammates were furious of what happened, however.

“Hearing something like that, coming here to a diverse school, you would think we’re past that,” said defensive lineman Marcus Forston, who was Harris’ high school teammate at Miami Northwestern High. “That’s in the past. We all came to this school together. We’ve got a diverse locker room, and in there, you don’t want to hear anything like that.”

“We’re going to take it with a grain of salt and make it a positive thing. So they’re saying that we don’t need that type of quarterback or they’re saying we’re not good enough or that we’re supposed to be winning championships? It’s because we are supposed to be doing that,” said linebacker Jordan Futch.

Miami is the only team that has a basketball coach and a football coach that are African-Americans, which are Shannon and Frank Haith.

Harris is trying to focus on the team’s next game against the Pittsburgh Panthers and will try to not worry about the hate message he received on Twitter.

“It is disheartening. It’s something that you look it and it kind of brings you to tears, a little bit,” Harris said. “But at the same time, you know it’s just a comment. Nothing else will be taken after that. There will be no steps taken after that. That’s his opinion. That’s that person’s opinion. Got to live with it.”

This news easily shows that racism is a big problem in today’s world. When can people stop with race? Why do people need to keep creating walls to divide us from each other? What’s the difference about your skin color, religion, or anything. We are all human. And what makes it worse is that it is probably coming from some redneck white man.

The man should realize that his people did one of the worst things for the last 300 years. Slaves, name-calling, racial slurs, and a whole lot more. They went as far as to creating a clan and burning people’s houses down to hanging them to death. Seriously? What’s the deal?

And bringing this B.S. into sports just makes it a whole lot worse. When does a skin color matter? There’s so many bad things that go on in this world, and this has by far have to be one of the worst. And this man is probably very narrow-minded. No disrespect to white people, but a lot of them are just narrow-minded. I am Indian as my parents were from India. I have taken some racial slurs before, and seeing this just bursts my bubble.

A lot of white folks think that a colored person can’t come to America because they can’t speak English or anything. It just has to be owned and run by white people. Seriously? The racists out there should come out of their rock they are living in and see who are President is: Barack Obama, ladies and gentleman. Oh, and news flash: English is ripped off from many languages. Along with that, the white people stole the land. It was originally owned by Native Americans.

So many racist things have been said, and in sports. Without a lot of the “colored” people, as you wish you may call them, we wouldn’t appreciate music the way it is, sports the way it is, entertainment the way it is, or the world the way it is. Since the many things that have happened to people like Michael Vick, or Terrell Owens, more racial slurs come up.

It is just not right. Racist is easily one of the worst things that has happened in sports. Easily. No question about it. From LeBron James’ decision to Jacory Harris, the racism continues. From Hank Aaron and his hate mails to N.W.A. and their support of the Oakland Raiders, the racism continues.

A lot of disrespect is still in sports. For example, take a look at three sports teams. They are pretty much showing huge disrespect to the Native Americans. The teams? The Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Indians. All of them show Native Americans in their logo, and for years, there has been protest of the logo. It’s just terrible the way they show the disrespect.

It affects children in this way. I read a great report by Jody Wagner over at Bleacher Report. He found a report from Professor Cornel Pewewardy of how racist logos like what they show in the teams I just labeled affect the children of our society.

Jacory Harris had a very disappointing game when the Miami Hurricanes took on Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Harris tossed four interceptions in the team’s loss. Although there had to be a negativity said about Harris, one man went overboard. The man sent a Twitter message to Harris’s Twitter account, saying that the reason the Hurricanes lost was because they had a black quarterback.

Now, to me, that just sounds terrible and it is something that is definitely not right to say in today’s world. Since this incident happened, all the players on Miami’s roster had to terminate their accounts on the social network. Harris said it didn’t bother him all that much.

“Not really worried about it,” Harris told the Associated Press. “I know people say things like that. It’s part of the sport. Got to get used to it.”

Nobody could ever find the tweet again since the termination of the account. It was recalled that this isn’t the first time that Harris has received racist comments.

“It’s flat-out wrong,” Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “It’s sad. It’s disappointing. In a position that we celebrate, living in one of the most diverse communities in our nation, to have this type of behavior is appalling. It’s not tolerable. Jacory is a very talented young man. We’ll just continue on focusing to do the right things and rise above these type of comments.”

Harris said this is a final message on his Twitter.

“You see some things and you get kind of hurt, because sometimes it’s your fans that say the things,” Harris said. “It’ll be the ones that probably just before the game wrote you some encouraging message, then after the game say they don’t want a black quarterback here. Stuff like that. It’s cool.”

However, all the Hurricanes’ players’ Twitter accounts weren’t deleted because of the message Harris received, but it’s a good thing they deleted beforehand so the message won’t cause such a fuss as it already is.

“We choose to focus on those positives rather than one individual, who chooses to make such ignorant comments,” Shannon said. “It’s sad that Jacory would be exposed to those types of statements. They have no place in our society and are not tolerated at the University of Miami.”

Harris said he won’t let the comments affect him.

“It’s happened before, but it’s nothing that I’m worried about,” Harris said. “I’m not worried about it, so you guys shouldn’t be worried about it. I’m OK with it. It’s not a problem. Not with me.”

His teammates were furious of what happened, however.

“Hearing something like that, coming here to a diverse school, you would think we’re past that,” said defensive lineman Marcus Forston, who was Harris’ high school teammate at Miami Northwestern High. “That’s in the past. We all came to this school together. We’ve got a diverse locker room, and in there, you don’t want to hear anything like that.”

“We’re going to take it with a grain of salt and make it a positive thing. So they’re saying that we don’t need that type of quarterback or they’re saying we’re not good enough or that we’re supposed to be winning championships? It’s because we are supposed to be doing that,” said linebacker Jordan Futch.

Miami is the only team that has a basketball coach and a football coach that are African-Americans, which are Shannon and Frank Haith.

Harris is trying to focus on the team’s next game against the Pittsburgh Panthers and will try to not worry about the hate message he received on Twitter.

“It is disheartening. It’s something that you look it and it kind of brings you to tears, a little bit,” Harris said. “But at the same time, you know it’s just a comment. Nothing else will be taken after that. There will be no steps taken after that. That’s his opinion. That’s that person’s opinion. Got to live with it.”

This news easily shows that racism is a big problem in today’s world. When can people stop with race? Why do people need to keep creating walls to divide us from each other? What’s the difference about your skin color, religion, or anything. We are all human. And what makes it worse is that it is probably coming from some redneck white man.

The man should realize that his people did one of the worst things for the last 300 years. Slaves, name-calling, racial slurs, and a whole lot more. They went as far as to creating a clan and burning people’s houses down to hanging them to death. Seriously? What’s the deal?

And bringing this B.S. into sports just makes it a whole lot worse. When does a skin color matter? There’s so many bad things that go on in this world, and this has by far have to be one of the worst. And this man is probably very narrow-minded. No disrespect to white people, but a lot of them are just narrow-minded. I am Indian as my parents were from India. I have taken some racial slurs before, and seeing this just bursts my bubble.

A lot of white folks think that a colored person can’t come to America because they can’t speak English or anything. It just has to be owned and run by white people. Seriously? The racists out there should come out of their rock they are living in and see who are President is: Barack Obama, ladies and gentleman. Oh, and news flash: English is ripped off from many languages. Along with that, the white people stole the land. It was originally owned by Native Americans.

So many racist things have been said, and in sports. Without a lot of the “colored” people, as you wish you may call them, we wouldn’t appreciate music the way it is, sports the way it is, entertainment the way it is, or the world the way it is. Since the many things that have happened to people like Michael Vick, or Terrell Owens, more racial slurs come up.

It is just not right. Racist is easily one of the worst things that has happened in sports. Easily. No question about it. From LeBron James’ decision to Jacory Harris, the racism continues. From Hank Aaron and his hate mails to N.W.A. and their support of the Oakland Raiders, the racism continues.

A lot of disrespect is still in sports. For example, take a look at three sports teams. They are pretty much showing huge disrespect to the Native Americans. The teams? The Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Indians. All of them show Native Americans in their logo, and for years, there has been protest of the logo. It’s just terrible the way they show the disrespect.

It affects children in this way. I read a great report by Jody Wagner over at Bleacher Report. He found a report from Professor Cornel Pewewardy of how racist logos like what they show in the teams I just labeled affect the children of our society.

“Children’s self images are very pliable and susceptible to external forces, especially if they are steeped in violent and negative images. Unfortunately, for Indigenous Peoples many false images of ethnicity still dominate the consciousness of the American psyche,” he said.

Here was the following I read in Wagner’s report of what others have said:


LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke said, “It’s a horrible derogatory name towards Native Americans!” and “I can’t believe it’s been allowed to go on this long.”
Writer Suzan Shown Harjo said, “The r-word is the most derogatory thing Native Peoples can be called in the English language.”
Artist Charlene Teters said, “American Indians are human beings, not mascots.”
Xavier University Professor David Rider said, “Negative images and attitudes toward American Indians have served precisely the same function: To protect the historical oppressors from a sense of guilt over the atrocities committed agianst Indians and to justify further exploitation.”
It’s time to put an end to racism, especially in sports. I know there are still some really dumb people out there who still haven’t come to the fact that their time with bossing around the “colored” people is now over and they will continue to be the dumb redneck racists they continue to be.

But I hope one day this all stops.

Because it’s getting annoying.

And it could ruin our world as we know it.