Tuesday, June 24, 2008



Mr. Jones forced to Change his Image, and Imus is a Changed Man?

An Imus racial controversy exploded Monday morning when sportscaster Warner Wolf told Don Imus that Mr. Jones wanted to be known by his birth name now, Adam Bernard Jones, and not as that 1980’s video game so many of us enjoyed playing: Pac Man. But, before Mr. Jones becomes the Toby the Dallas Cowboys requires that he becomes, Mr. Don Imus had his quintessential say:

"He's been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005," Wolf said. "What color is he?" Imus asked. "He's African-American," Wolf responded. "Well, there you go," Imus said. "Now we know."

As expected some sensitive ear and ACLU posturing black folk are upset. Bothered. In a fix because a well- known racist made a comment that fringes on being “racist”. Figure that, a white racist making a stereotypical racist comment. No way! That does not happen! I really cannot believe Al Sharpton, who I respect by the way, is on the verge of making an attempt to censor Imus. AGAIN.

"I find the inference of his remark disturbing because it plays into stereotypes. Any use of stereotypes is always counterproductive… We will determine in the next day or so whether or not his remark warrants direct action on our part."

Al can’t be serious. Someone please tell me that Al Sharpton is not coming to the defense of a black man who casually breaks the law. Yes, I understand that he is more than likely standing up for what is right: Combating Stereotypes. However, what message are we sending each and every time we puff our chest out, put up our fist, and prepare to defend black men and women who apparently do not respect themselves, the white man’s law, and/or African American culture? Wait a minute! Is there such a thing? African American mores?

If this Atlanta native wants to be someone new, how about he commits to becoming a ‘changed man’ before some blanched owned organization demands he does. Does he think we (the public) believe he suddenly decided to be someone other than what he has been since 2005: An idiot who wastes his earnings in strip clubs (Making it Rain)? Yep, Pacman makes it rain – but he has never provided a ray of sunlight on the reputations of hard working black men throughout this judgmental nation.

Today’s, Adam Jones is who he has been ORDERED to be because Massa Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys' owner, signs the checks and because Pacman could not make the intelligent, responsible, and mature decision himself to be the MAN God wanted him to be. That man’s name is on his proof of citizenship.

As for Don Imus, he has been the same John Wayne bigot for YEARS. Ain’t no changing him. He will die a ten gallon hat wearing hate monger. At least he has the guts to be the man he has proven to be: A Consistent Racist. Well, he did until he started backpedaling like a cornerback Tuesday, “I meant that he was being picked on because he's black…just a sarcastic point.” Inconsequently, Adam Jones had to become Pacman in his efforts to escape his self-hatred which was created by Imus and his good ole boy club members – but DEFINITELY enhanced by Pacman’s conscious refusal to be an aboveboard black man.

Perhaps Mr. Jones has been touched by God. He did say, “Obviously Mr. Imus has problems with African-Americans. I'm upset, and I hope the station he works for handles it accordingly. I will pray for him." God does work in runic ways!

Written by Muata. Inspired by another black man (Michael Vick) told to cut his hair. Who are you now, Mr. Adam Bernard Jones?

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h88sYPwyr_nXjvWrDPYQmUZu5yvgD91GEGPO0

11 comments:

FREEDOM said...

"There you go. Now we know."

How is that statement racist? I don't know. Our black leaders, wait do we really have any black leaders that are really and truly making a difference? Do we have any that is pulling the black race together to economically support ourselves by creating employment for our people? Do we have any that are combating the infection rates of HIV/AIDS in our race? DO WE HAVE ANY WITH A PLAN TO HELP BLACKS ALL OVER THIS WORLD ACHIEVE TOGETHERNESS? Hell No! So shut up about a white old azz racist. Excuse my language. We should be glad he is showing us his true colors! I am sick and tried of our so called leaders leading us to a dead end path! How about Al Sharpen read the book "Blueprint to Black Power" by Dr. Amos Wilson and come with a plan to help our people! Forget that. I will the book for myself and come up with one!

-FREEDOM

Muata said...

Muata Responds to Freedom:

A plan would help. I will admit that Tavis provided a road map. All the black nationalist have a plan too. But, you are right: we need to start addressing our issues. It starts with a decision from self. Then mechanisms are in a place where they should be: the beginning with intentions to start over. The Alpha is where we have to be before the Omega creeps up on us!

We need to start over, Freedom.

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader EJ Responds:

Brian tell me one crime that pac man was convicted on? He has never served one day in prison. Im not defending his actions.....but out of all the black men in America and in the NFL doing great things.....you and others like you continue to talk about 3 or 4 men who take 6thousands dollars in a strip club or who get caught smoking weed....It's so easy for you to sit in judgment of Pac Man or men like him....but If we could turn back the hands of time back to when we were 21, 22, 23 and add a couple of million dollars to our bank accounts....what would be
said about you or us? What kind of mistakes did you or we make at that age minus the millions? DAMN!

I would like for you to take a listen to Boyce Watkins. Go to
yourblackworld.com or google some of Mr. Watkins commentaries. This might give you a small glimmer of light.

-EJ

Muata said...

Muata Responds to EJ:

I am very familiar with Dr. Watkins.

Would you please stop taking my commentary so personal? Sit your behind back and
enjoy the writing. Lord! When did you become so emotionally attached to what
makes the news?

I don't give a hoot about Imus or Adam Jones to be honest. But, I do respect KG, PPierce, TMcGrady, Tiki Barber, WDunn, The Bus, and so many more brothers in the NFL and NBA.

I write about what may be in the news. What is controversial. I write to challenge. I write to encourage critical thought. I write to get a response so that I may learn!

"Judgment"

Well, I will judge myself and other black folk with love until the day I die. You can find it wrong - but you, me, and other black man reading need to be hit in the head from time to time. Who else better to do it in a way that's not hateful than friends? As I have said: I want the lovingly judgment from all my boys. Tell me when I am wrong or doing something stupid. Throw stones into my glass house with compassion.

Now, stop feeling guilty/convicted because you still enjoy going to the strip club and wasting your money. LOL!

If Mr. Jones were white you would not have responded. And, ya know it. Perhaps, you should think about why you get so in a toosie every time I call out a black
man.

With love, brother EJ.

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader AE Responds:

Muata,

Mr. Jones is obviously attempting to re-engineer his brand, but as you've already established, it's going to take far more than a name change. However it is a start, and I just hope he considers extending those changes to other areas of his life, so that he can stay on the field....I know my fantasy team could've really used him last year, lol! On a more serious note, it's a an sad commentary, but for many of us, real, meaningful and permanent change, doesn't happen until we are threatened, or slapped in the face with "painful" consequences.....maybe Adam Bernard Jones has reached his pain threshold, and is now ready to "man up", and do what it takes to get the personal and professional help that he needs to save his career, and quite possibly, his life. We'll see. As for Imus, well, he and Adam Bernard Jones are in the same boat. Obviously, Imus has been around a lot longer than Adam Bernard Jones, and has continually stayed in trouble, so he clearly has a higher "pain tolerance", since he continues to do what he's always done. But, I have to believe that all people can change their behavior, provided that they really want to....Imus just doesn't want or feel the need to so.

-AE

Muata said...

Muata Responds to AE:

Alan-
So true. I am in that position now: slapped in the face! But, I have hope like I do have for Adam Jones, that I will continue to dig deep and search within. We must do this as men/women so we can move from the place that has the presentation of depression and self-pity. And self-hate.

Mr. Jones has to travel the road he is on if he wants to leave a more positive/meaningful history and legacy.

I just wish we would think of how we will be remembered before we make idiotic decisions. Legacy is important. We must value our own!

Thanks, AE!

-Muata

Muata said...

EJ Responds to Muata:

I don't feel guilty about my behavior. And if Pac Man were white, we would not
be talking about this at all......You definitely wouldn't have written about it.

-EJ

Muata said...

Muata Responds to EJ:

You are more than likely correct. I may not have written about this situation. Only because, if Pacman were a white man I would not be interested or invested in this at all. Why? Because a white Pacman does not have an affect on my culture/community. Whether you like it or not, Pacman is a reflection of you. You can look in the mirror and see EJ - but him being viewed in a negative light as a result of his foolish behavior affects how your son will be seen. We can say that we do not care what others think of us - but the black man has been demonized so much to the point you can't go 20 miles outside of Atlanta without a white woman clutching her purse. This is a direct result of media images that are backed up and validated by black men who do not care about how it affects me. I actually think about what I say and do in the presences of other cultures because I want to represent my people with dignity. Where is the dignity, EJ? What happen to our shame? Why don't we honor those before us with appropriate behavior? Our history is all we have along these lines. Don't you care to uphold it with honor so that your son and mine will not be victims of unwarranted stereotyping and racism? We can't change the hearts of those Imus types-but what we can do is be better than the average. Adam Jones has been less than the average. My hope is that he has learned his lessons so that more black men like Taishon Prince will be uplifted and praised. Until then Negroes will be in the forefront!

-Muata

Muata said...

Reader Responses:

WOW, this is something else, but the truth....

-RM

Nice blog.

-MP

Pushing the limits. I like this one.

-JG

Muata said...

EJ Responds to Muata:

I totally disagree with you. I am a reflection on me. And that explains why you get so upset when others that share your skin color make mistakes. You cant live life with that mentality. And another thing....You care so much about what white people think..and how they view you...that it causes you added stress when they sit around a pick and choose which black person to speak about. Love yourself first.....then your only opinion of you will matter.

-EJ

Muata said...

Muata Responds to EJ:

EJ-
You are a reflection of yourself. No doubt. You have to face you each and every day. However, who you are to others is critical. You can't deny that. When you went on interviews before you became self employed I am sure you did everything possible to represent yourself well. You also try to be seen as a great guy in the presence of people you need to impress or people who need to think you are da bomb. That is the way it is. So, when I present the best of me in the presence of Indians, Africans, West Indians, and even white folk I do it for Judah. I do it for your son. Pat's son. They are the ones who will benefit from me just being the best I can be. So, yes, I do love me. Actually, what I attempt to do along the lines of being aboveboard depicts the love I have for myself and black people. Aren't you tired of the stupidity we project? As I traveled all over the world with the Peace Corps I learned a lot - but what was most important and sad at the same time was: how you and me are viewed as black men in America. It is disturbing. So, EJ, I learned when I was in black and white countries to be different than the porch monkey that they see on their televisions. I changed a mind. A thought. This is what we should do considering we allow the media to project all of us as black fools. This is what you and I should do considering men like Jones, OJ, Vick, Rodman, Cat Williams, and more help tarnish the example Benjamin E. Mayes and Booker T. Washington forged. I am not a Pacman Jones, and I want everyone who has doubts to know that. And, I don't care if it appears I am doing it for white people! At least my approach
helps de-mistify what a man/woman from Togo, West Africa believes about African American men.

-Muata