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HAROLD BELL'S LEGENDS:.
THE ORIGINAL INSIDE SPORTS
UNPARALELLED UNCOMPROMISED UNFORGIVEN UNSUNG
HOME RUN KING "HAMMERING" HANK AARON
HE BROKE BABE RUTH'S HOLLOWED RECORD ON APRIL 8, 1974. IN 2014--RACISM IS STILL THE NORM.
Hank visits with Inside Sport's Harold and Hattie Bell in DC shortly after breaking Babe's record.
Tuseday April 2014 was Jackie Robinson Day, and all around the league teams and players paid tribute to the man who broke the barrier exactly 67 years ago.
What is typically a day of celebration and remembrance, however, has been marred by four game postponements and the fact that even today, people are sending racist hate mail to Hank Aaron, an African-American baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's home run record 67 years ago.
On Tuesday, it was revealed by Bob Nightengale at USA Today that "vile letters"...have poured (meaning not just a few) into the Braves offices over the past week."
Letters similar to one emailed to the Braves' front office by a man who calls himself Edward---in which "scumbag" was the nicest word used referring to Aaron.
This isn't the first time the (*former) Home Run King has been the target of racist hate mail. Famously, Aaron received a slew of racially charged letters 40 years ago after breaking Ruth's record. And unfortunately, it probably won't be the last time.
Aaron spoke candidly (honestly):
"To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record," he said. "If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happen in this country, but we have so far to go. There's not a lot has changed.
And it won't change as long as we have high profile black men like ESPN's Michael Wilbon, Rapper/poet Common saying it is okay to use the N Word as a "Term of Endearment? or CBS NFL host James Brown and NBA Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson pretending they are 'Minority Owners in Major League Basbaseball.' Hank has already addressed their status as minority owners in an earlier story in USA Today.
"We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all the Republicans with the way he's treated. We have moved in the right direction, but we still have long ways to go.
"The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."
Let us not forget "The Spooks Who Sit by the Door" as their assistants (especially, blacks in media).
This recent influx of mail seems to only confirm Aaron's sentiment that we really aren't that far removed from 1974. Lets hold out hope that the majority of the world will continue to accept and encourage those previously unaccepted, and at some point, the "Edwards" of the world will simple fall by the wayside.
The writer Stephan Mast of Fox Sports is evidently a dreamer, he believes in Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny.
For example; The Edwards of the world are now sitting on the Supreme Court. The court recently upheld and sanctioned that the 1% who control all the wealth in America can continue to buy the office of the President and any other political office with their 'Deep Pockets." In a 5-4 vote the logic of the majority was if the 1% were not allowed to use their money to buy political offices their 5th Amenment Rights of freedom of speech would be violated.
The Edwards of the world still make the rules and change them whenever it looks like the minority and poor are gaining on the them, for example; Bankruptcy, White Collar crime, Plea Bargining, Redlining, Stand Your Ground, Neoptism, these laws and rules were not meant to protect the downtrodden or minorities. They were and are use to protect the rich and greedy.
This brings to mind that during the month of February (Black History) I gave a heads up for a little known Civil Rights Black History fact to a friend to pass on to his daughter. His daughter anchors the television news in the Tarheel State of North Carolina. There was no follow-up by him or his daughter (a common trait in the black community). I would accidently discover through another family member that Neoptism was brought into the conversation. The definition of NEOPTISM; Favoritism shown to a relative (as by giving as appointed job or as in this case reporting on a newsworthy story of a distant relative). We still don't get it or don't know how to work the system. Or we are scared to work it for fear of losing our "Good job." Only in Black America.
The media outlets are also controlled by The Edwards of the world. Checkout the disclaimer use at the end of the Hank Aaron story. Comcast does not want to be associated with anyone or anything that resembles the truth or "Fair Play!"
Courtesy of FOXsports.com
The opinions expressed here are soley those of the author (Stephen Mast) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.
The beat goes on and on.
FRAN TARKENTON A SUPER STAR IN THE GAME CALLED LIFE!
Minnesota Viking QB Fran Tarkenton
Every year since 1963, the Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through its National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U. S. terroritories.
This year's events kicked-off on June 17th in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburg and closed out the week on Friday June 21st in the Nation's Capitol.
My wife Hattie was watching the news on television on Thursday morning when she saw former NFL QB Fran Tarkenton. He was talking about the Small Business Administration's role in helping small businesses get a foothold in the American economy
I WAS TRAYVON MARTIN
I was stalked by a new neighbor in Bowie, Maryland several years ago and I didn't even know his name. I had only seen him and his wife in passing on the 4th floor of the senior complex where we both lived. One hot July evening I was sitting in the family room in the lobby talking on my cell phone. The new neighbor with his wife were waiting for the elavator when he said, "Harold can I speak to you?" I nodded yes and kept on talking. In the meantime, his wife got on the elavator and left him standing there.
Once I had finished my conversation, I remained sitting and asked him "Whats up?" The next thing I knew he was standing over me with his knees on my knees! My reaction, this was not a nice to meet you introduction.
I immediately stood up and asked "What is your problem?" His response, 'You are the problem, I heard you have been talking about me!'
I wished I could have seen the look on my face, because I could not believe my ears. The incident took me back to my middle school days. I remember the school bully John Tilley would catch me in the hallway or on the bus and say the exact same thing. He would take my money and lunch.
I tried my best to explain to the new neighbor I didn't even know his name so how could I talk about him? He insisted that I was talking about him, my next question "Who told you that I was talking about you?" It took him about 10 seconds before he finally said, 'I heard voices coming from under your door.' I immediately retreated because I knew I was dealing with a fool.
My parting words were, "If you got a problem with me it is best that you don't say anything to me ever again." I returned to my apartment to tell my wife what had just happen. She brushed it off as nothing.
We had left the inner-city of DC to get away from from the so-called "Rat Race" because it looked like the rats were winning. I remember the turning point, one Thanksgiving we returned home from Hilton Head, SC to discover our home had been burlarized. I am a 4th generation Washingtonian and the last thing I wanted to do was pack up and leave my hometown. My wife and I had spent the last 40+ years working with at-risk children. She was a former teacher in the DC Public Schools. I worked for DC Recreation & Parks' Roving Leader Program, Youth Gang Task Force. In 1968 we found Kids In Trouble, Inc a non-profit 501c3 organization to enhance the lives of inner-city children.
The late Chief Judge Harold Green of the DC Superior Court ran a tight and honorable ship with Judges Luke C. Moore, Harry T. Alexander and Eugene Hamilton to name just a few. I knew Judge Moore from my days working as a Roving Leader. We would often cross paths in the mean streets of DC. He was the head of the U. S. Marshall service.
During the 1968 riots we walked arm in arm with NFL Hall of Fame and Green Bay Packer player Willie Wood. During the NFL off-season Willie worked for DC Rec & Parks. We were in the 14th Street corridor trying to save lives.
Kids In Trouble, Inc kept my wife and I in and out of the DC Superior Court with our kids and their parents. The court became our home away from home. It was there I watched people of color and the poor get a fair trial and there was justice for all.
Judge Alexander demanded all attorneys, police officers and prosecutors to address all defendants as Mr and Ms in his courtroom. In 1970 these same judges helped me to get through the DC politics to open the first ever half-way house for juvinile deliquents on a military installation in the U. S. A. The facility was housed on Bolling Air Force Base in SE DC.
Judges Moore and Hamilton
"Has anybody seen my old friends Luke, Harry and Eugene, I looked around they were gone," these are words from the Smokey Robinson vocal classic Martin & John.
Santa's Helpers: Dave Robinson (NFL), Judge Moore, Harold McLinton (NFL) & Roy Jefferson (NFL)
There was one thing that I discovered after our move to Bowie, "You can run but you cannot hide." We already knew that the Prince Georges County Police Department was one of the most dangerous and deadly departments in the country, second only to the Los Angeles Police Department (according to the FBI). The court system was not much better. On any given day you can go to the Upper Marlboro Courthouse and you would think that black folks were the only ones committing crimes in the county. The place is overrun with white lawyers and judges. Diversity is almost non-existent. This is where you will truly find Justice & Just-Us plantation style----the system is truly broke (see Ronnie White)
In the meantime, back at my residence in Bowie I discover my printer is out of ink. I decided to walk over to the mall before it gets too dark to get an ink cartridge from Staples.
Guess who joins me on the elavator for the ride down to the first floor---my new neighbor? He looks at me and I look back at him. The next thing out of his mouth "Do you want a piece of me?"
I could not believe my ears. The elavator reaches the first floor but I decided I better return to my apartment and lace up my tennis shoes in case I decide to run over to Staples.
On the way out of the building I look but I don't see my new neighbor. There are several of the residents in the Community Room playing cards and being nosy old folks. I wave and say hello to all and leave the building. While walking across the parking lot to the street I speak to one of my neighbors sitting out soaking up the evening sun.
As I head toward the street I feel someone behind me and I turn and its my new neighbor. I asked him again "What is your problem" and he repeats, 'I have already told you, you are the problem.' This time he walks up to me and put his chest up against my chest and I smell alcohol on his breath. I push him off and all hell breaks loose. He rushes me and I hit him with a couple of punches and he starts to bleed.
The next thing I know he had gone up under his shirt and pulled out a billy club (night stick) and starts to swing. It must have been 100 degrees that day as I start to wrestle him for the club. The next I remember was crawling on my hands and knees back to the building, leaving him lying on the ground with the club.
I madeit back to the nearest entrance and one of my neighbors started to scream, I was covered with blood. She took me to the Community Room and called the Bowie Police Department. While we waited for the police my new neighbor entered the building lobby a bloody mess waving the club---the residents were horrified.
The police finally arrived and took my statement. They then went upstairs to find the new tenant and returned with the weapon (club). I was advised to go to the Upper Marlboro Court House and file charges since they did not witness the incident.
The ambulance was called and my wife and I would spend almost all night at Arundle Hospital in Annapolas. Where we discovered all the blood on me belonged to our new neighbor Bob.
I filed assault charges against him the next day with the States Attorney's office headed by Glenn Ivey. I was familiar with Mr. Ivey and his staff. He followed former County Executive Jack Johnson into office.
I had written a commentary in the Washington Post critical of him in his staff. It was related to a group of high school students that met with his staff to try to find some solutions to the crime and violence taking place in the PG County school system.
There was no follow up from Mr. Ivey's staff. The students turned to me and I put the ball back in Mr. Glenn's court. I put together a group of community leaders and we met with the States Attorney's staff in his office. To make a long story short his office staff fumbled the ball again. We determined it was the blind leading the blind and moved on.
This would come back to haunt me in my assualt case against my neighbor.
Bob would follow me to the courthouse and file counter assualt charges against me. In his disposition. He wrote the reasons he attacked me was because he heard voices coming from under my door. I spoke with several attorneys (black and white) and everyone agreed this guy had a problem.
Suddenly the case came to a stand still. There was postponement after postponement. It was not hard to figure out why, Glenn Ivey had not forgotten the Washington Post article or my visit to his office. The case was eventually dismissed.
I was told by an insider if I had not filed charges first, Mr. Ivey would have come after me.
This despite the new neighbor putting in writing he had attacked me because he heard voices coming from under my door.
Bob is still living in the complex despite having encounters with 3 other residents (all black). His wife has since left him. He now he carries a butcher knife under his shirt as he moves in and out of the building. The best way to describe Bob, he is an accident waiting to happen.
Even though Justice & Just-Us has raised its ugly head in our court system once again. I need to count my blessing because instead of Bob attacking me with a billy club it could have easily been a gun. With the likes of Glenn Ivey in charge in Upper Marlboro, Bob could have shot me dead and walked away as free as George Zimmerman.
There would have been the brothers and sisters saying "Harold Bell deserved a bullet in the eye." Like it or not, it is the American way!
ZIMMERMAN BROUGHT A GUN TO A FIST FIGHT----NOT GUILTY: JUSTICE & JUST-US!
TRAYVON MARTIN DEAD AND GUILTY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ALIVE AND NOT GUILTY
In an interview shortly after the jury retired to deliberate, Defense Attorney Mark O'Mara was on CNN. The words that came out of his mouth made me cringed. The first person he blamed for making this a racial issue was the Trayvon Martin Family attorney Ben Crump.
I didn't hear him blame the NBA world champion Miami Heat who made their own bold statement as it related the senseless gun violent death of Trayvon or President Obama's statement on national television. He said, "This is a tragedy and I think about my own kids. If I had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. His parents should expect that the authorities are going to get to the bottom of what happen."
Muhammad Ali donned a hoodie that said "I am Trayvon Martin."
O'Mara said, "this is not about race and race should be taken out of the equation." He must be kidding! It was Zimmerman who put Racism in the equation when called Trayvon a FUCKIN COON during his conversation with the 911 operator!
He reminds me of the controversial Celebrity Chef Paula Deen who alledgely use The N word to describe her love for black folks. Like most well meaning whites she has no clue that she is a racist. How should we expect her to know if she has never walked in our shoes ? When it is a part of your DNA it is difficult to rid yourself of the gene.
One morning I was watching Ms. Deed on one of the talk shows trying to explain her way out of the mess she had created. The host of the show asked her did she ever use The N Word. She said, "One time because I was not raised like that and my parents would not allow such language in our home." Ms. Deen suddenly turned to see her serurity person standing in the wings. She pointed him out as her friend whom she had known for years. When I say "There are some white folks who don't know when they are being racist." The next words out of her mouth proved my point.
Ms. Deed asked the security guard to move out of the black background because she could hardly see him. He was truly a big black brother who stood well over 6 feet tall and weighed at least 250 pounds. He came out of the darkness and they hugged and kiss. She didn't mean any harm while making fun of his blackness it was in her DNA.
My point, Ms. Deen was not being racist she just didn't know any better. The well paid brother never thought to teach "The Boss" about what is racist and what is not. She showed him the money and all was well.
The defense attorney O'Mara for George Zimmerman has the same problem, he just does not know any better. He does not know that 28 of every black youth in a population of 100,000 in the age range of 10-24 is a victim of homicide in America. This is compared to 2 of every white youth in a population of 100,000 in that same age range. Deaths from homicide in this age group resulted in an estimated $9 billion in lost in productivity and medical costs in 2010. Something is wrong with this picture?
There are some claiming that Zimmerman is more Hispanic than white, that is still no excuse. There are those in the Hispanic population who have taken on the characteristics of the oppressor and think a black life is not worth that of a cockroach. Sad but true.
Black on black murder in this country does not say a lot about what we think of each other. There lies the problem, in our homes, schools, churches, courts and political leaders---its all about them and show me the money!
There are those in the white community who have asked on many ocassions "When are you people going to get over slavery I had nothing to do with it?" The problem, free slave labor built this country---you are the benefactors.
When you find that you cannot have an intelligent discussion with the oppressor and let us not forget they come in all colors and shades---some are as black as Paula Deen's security guard. White folks don't have a patent on racism. Even though they are at the root of the problem blacks cannot continue to blame whites for the on-going racism in our community.
Ms. Deen recently proudly said "Jesse Jackson called proclaiming his love and support." I hope she put the check in the mail.
The Trayvon Martin case is an on-going problem in America, remember the black man that was dragged by a rope behind a pick-up truck in Texas by some "Good Old Boys" or the June 2008 hanging death of Ronnie White in an Upper Marlboro Detention Center. He was being detained on charges related to the hit and run death 2 days earlier of a PG County police officer (still unsolved)? Where was the Justice for them?
A recent study in Washington, DC the Nation's Capitol revealed that 30% of the black population is being arrested while only 2% of the white population is arrested. DC fast becoming a Police State? What is it about racism in America that we can not figure out or don't what to figure out?
ESPN host Michael Wilbon was writing a column for the Washington Post back in the day on NFL Hall of Fame DE Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills. Smith wanted out of the city because of the racist environment and was thinking about making his new home and team in Washington. Wilbon asked me what did I think?
My response was, "Trying to escape racism in America was like trying to outrun the sun!" Nothing has changed.
As men and women of Good Will hold their collective breaths waiting for a verdict, never on my watch or in my wildest dreams would I have thought that after the assassination of Megar Evers, March on Selma, Emmit Till, 3 little girls blown up in church, 3 civil rights worker murdered in Mississippi, March on Washington, assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Rev. Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Malcomb X, the election of the first Black President "The Elephant in the room would still be racism in 2013."
tCOMTRAST IN RACISM IN BLACK & WHITE
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS (BLACK MEN) GONE?
MEET HARRY BELAFONTE & DR. BEN CARSON IN FULL BLOOM!
Harry Belafonte Dr. Ben Carson
The recent NAACP Image Awards honored the legendary Community Activist turned actor/producer Harry Belafonte with the Chairman's Award. This award was longed overdue and I wonder why it took the NAACP so long to finally recognized Mr. Belafonte's contributions on the frontlines of the Civil Rights movement. His fight for the rights of the minority community is unmatched in the movie industry. He and legendary actor Marlon Brandon walked arm in arm with Dr. Martin Luther King in the deep south without fear in the 60s.
His lifetime actor/friend Sidney Poitier introduced him to the glitz and bling-bling predominantly black audience. This in-crowd's only interest in the Civil Rights movement is being front and center at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Weekend in Washington, DC. Their main objective, a party over here and a party over there!
Mr. Belafonte in accepting the award asked, "Where are today's black leaders? Our children's blood is still running in our streets---there is work still to be done. In 2013 the jails are overrun with black men who make up 60% of the prison population while they make up only 11% of the entire American population?
Actor Jamie Foxx closed out the night receiving the organization's final award. He said, "Wow, I had my speech all planned I was coming up here to talk about me, me and me, but after listening to Mr. Belafonte I think I better take another look at me in the mirrow!" I think Jamie finally got it!
On Thursday February 7, 2012 the Presidential Prayer Breakfast was held in Washington, DC.
According to NAACP President Ben Jealous Black Americans are doing far worst under the Obama Administration.
The most staggering statistic was reported in September 2011, when black unemployment reached 16.7 percent making it the highest unemployment rate for African-Americans since 1983.
The black teens jobless rate was even more staggering at 39.3 percent in July 2012.
Jealous has evidently cut all ties with his partner Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton is Obama's point man in the black community.
The NAACP, the National Urban League, and the National Action Network met alongside other organizations for the second time this year to discuss a "Black Agenda" for the president, Politics 365 reports. The coalition stated it will urge President Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his state of the Union speech on February 12th----Good luck!
On Thursday February 6, 2012 the annual Presidential Prayer Beakfast was held in Washington, DC. The guest speaker was legendary heart surgeon Dr. Ben Carson of John Hopkins University Hospital. His prayer and message was centered around health care, the economy, American debt, and tax reform, thus taking dead aim at President Obama's platform for the nation.
Dr. Carson spend 25 minutes talking about the nation's ills and solutions with the President sitting less than 5 feet from him. When all was said and done, President Obama was not looking so Presidential! You could plainly see he was uncomfortable in his "Hot Seat!"
Dr. Carson also said Free Speech was being trampled on because of Political Correctness. He said the PC cops had people scared to speak out and tell the truth.
The sad part of this great common sense speech, the Republican Party immediately claimed Dr. Carson as one of their own. Sean Hannity the conservative television talk show host invited Dr. Carson to be a guest on his show to discuss his speech.
Hannity opened the show kissing up to Dr. Carson saying, "Your speech moved me deeply." Dr. Carson set the record straight from the very beginning. He made it clear he was not taking any wooden nickels. He told Hannity, " I received overwhelmingly reactions since the speech, mostly because I believe I did not present a conservative argument, but a logical, common sense point of view. I don't know where we left our brains." I think he really lost the President on that one!
If I was the President I would have pulled Dr. Carson aside after the breakfast and said "Doc when can we get together and break some bread or have a beer in the Oval Office?"
Remember the Harvard professor and the redneck cop having a beer in the Rose Garden with the President of the United States acting as a referee?
Jamie Foxx kept it real when he admitted he needed to take a look in the mirrow, I don't expect the President to make the same confession publicly but during his State of the Union we will be able to detect whether he learned anything from Dr. Carson or took anything from the suggestion of the NAACP and the Urban League to mention establishing an urban jobs program for black America during his state of the Union speech---Good luck again!
I remember the television promo for Black Historical Colleges that said "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" the same can be said about one's ego! See Dr. Carson's entire speech @ link below and you be the judge.
His is an AMAZING story. God bless and continue to use him. In The Name of Jesus, I pray!
Please run for President Dr ! What a great man
Major Kudos, Doc! You are an inspiration. Keep spreading your message. God Bless!
Yup! Hope he goes into politics
Rebecca Holland Pilgrim
You are an inspiration. I would be honored to work with you (nurse) or vote for you. I think you have exactly what this country needs in leadership.
I am feeling much more positive about the future of the U.S. knowing that this man exists!
NASCAR's 19 year old Darrell Wallace is ready willing and able.
It won't be a Jackie Robinson moment (first black to play baseball in the Major Leagues). But don't blame Darrell Wallace if he feels like Jackie Robinson. An announcement will be made on the Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver during a Saturday news conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
He will be following in a path that only two other blacks have taken and paved for him. Darrell will drive for Kyle Busch Motor Sports. He is only the 3rd black driver in the history of NASCAR to have a full time ride in a National Series. Bill Lester was the last to drive in one. He competed full time in the Truck Series from 2002 to 2006. He had two top-5s and seven top-10s in 142 races.
Darrell drove in the K&N Pro Series East for JGR from 2010 to 2012. In 2010, he became that series' youngest driver and the first black driver to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. He drove in four Nationwide Series races for JGR last season, collecting three -10 finshes and no finish worst 12th.
In 1964 the legendary Wendell Scott became the first and only black to win a NASCAR National Series at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla. In a controversial decision he was declared the winner only after a review. The victory was initially given to driver Buck Baker.
NOTES & NEWS U CAN USE
Sgt. Earl K. Bell U. S. Army (U. S. Army Heavyweight Champion) and DC Metro Police Department
COMMENT (1 of 250): "Another aspect of the problem is the medical aid workers. Most of them are uneducated and untrained. A close friend of mine that has been partially paralyzed by strokes, pays for aids to "help". If they show up, they usually just sit and do nothing, root through her jewelry and personal effects, and some have been caught stealing jewelry. One was there when she collapsed with another stroke, and instead of calling for help, she called her boyfriend and left, leaving her patient to manage on her own. Which meant trying to crawl through the house to a phone. Most of the people these places hire are uneducated immigrants. They just want the money and could care less about the person . And the companies that hire them are too cheap to pay them decent wages.
BRINGS MUCH NEEDED STRAIGHT TALK TO RADIO
Maggie Linton a former Program Director for Book Radio heard on Saturdays at 12:00 noon has moved to a new time slot and days during the week. Maggie is a pioneer in radio and television news and sports media. She has been with Sirius XM Radio since it exploded on the broadcast media market in 2008.
She was ready, willing and able to contribute to the national outlet with credentials that included studying radio/TV and film at the University of Kansa. She was a pioneering sports reporter and talk show host in her hometown of Kansas. She took her media career to the next level here in the DVM with television assignments in Baltimore and WTTG TV 5 in Washington, DC. Her journey in the entertainment industry has included cameo movie roles in Hair Spray and The Guarding of Tess.
She was one of the first media personalities to make giving back to the community a priority. She teamed up with pro athletes, judges, entertainers and other community advocates to make a diffrence in the lives of at-risk children and the lives of the less fortunate. When it came to the community, Down and Out was never a pass pattern.
The Maggie Linton Show debuted on Monday at 10am on Sirius XM Urban View channel 110. It runs M - F from 10am - Noon and starting on Monday July 22 will repeat from 4pm - 6pm each day. Tune in and join in, as she discuss the latest news and trends of America.
On Thursday August 25, 2013 her in studio guest will be Gary Johnson the Publisher of Black Men In America and yours truly Harold Bell
ACCORDING TO ESPN'S MICHAEL WILBON
STICKS & STONES MAY BREAK HIS BONES BUT THE N WORD WILL NEVER HURT HIM?
Michael Wilbon & HB
John Feinstein a former colleague of Michael Wilbon at the Washington Post was on the record saying “Michael Wilbon is the biggest ass kisser in sports media.” Those words were rather harsh and hard hitting. In other words Feinstein was saying, “Wilbon is sports media’s biggest cheerleader!” This was after Wilbon's co-host on ESPN's PTI was suspended for making fun of co-worker Hanna Storm's dress on national television.
Wilbon's response to Feinstein;
I don’t need Tony Cornheiser to get suspended. He caught an earful of language and heat that was both deserved and will stay private. I’ll match my credentials as a journalist with John Feinstein anytime. Cornheiser has often mistaken his opinion with fact and with legitimacy. Thing is, my father didn’t raise me to be subservient to Junior, or anybody else. My opinions about Tiger Woods or any other issue are mine and I could give a damn about what Feinstein or anybody else things about them. The only thing special about Feinstein’s opinions is that they’re his. And I let him know that in very specific language that best belongs on HBO.
This isn’t the first time Wilbon has been called out for “” to athletes (he haswritten books with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan). In what we think is one of the we’ve ever read, Michael Leahy of the beautifully deconstructed Jordan in , and in the process .
“All along, I thought that Wilbon’s treatment of Jordan highlighted the basic danger in getting too cozy with a subject,” Mr. Leahy writes. The access that Mr. Wilbon prized, Mr. Leahy argues, came at the cost of ever being able to write something critical about his celebrity subject.
Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are immensely talented individuals and about 15 years ago, they were our sports writing idols. In their prime at the , they were among the best sports writers in the country. What they don’t do well is . They’ll definitely make the
I missed the initial viewing of ESPN’s Out Side the Lines aired on Sunday February 23rd. The show hosted by Bob Levy examined the use of the N word. I heard from several different sources that Michael Wilbon lost a lot of credibility when he justified his use of the N word as a term of endearment.
Since I had not seen or heard the show I held back judgment and waited until it re-aired on Sunday March 2nd.
It is rather ironic that Wilbon and I had a recent conversation about the use of the N word. The conversation took place in the pressroom before a Wizard’s game at the Verizon Center. He told me ESPN wanted to have a conversation on the use of the N word on Outside the Lines. The show would be hosted by Levy. He said, “I am not comfortable doing the show with Levy.” Wilbon cited that he had no problem with Levy as a journalist but he had “No horse in the race” and he refused to participate.” These words out of Wilbon’s mouth got my undivided attention 2010.
I have questioned Wilbon’s mindset on different topics on several occasions as I have questioned others in media. It has never been anything personal it is a price we all pay for writing or voicing our opinions in public.
I explained that to Wilbon when we sit down to talk at the Verizon Center. He said folks had asked him about our relationship and he said "I told them everything is cool with me and Harold Bell we have talked." But what Feinstein said about him sounded real personal.
I first met Wilbon when he became a sports writer for the Washington Post in the 1980s. He and members of the sports department were often regulars on my radio sports talk show Inside Sports. Sports Editor George Solomon was a regular participant. Since he was the leader of the staff most of the black writers followed his lead. He even allowed me to write a couple of freelancing articles for the paper. When the paper established their own television sports show I became a regular guest. I was up close and personal with the sports department.
Kindred and Chad were talented writers but you could not trust them, Cornheiser and Feintstein's talent, they easily blended in with the landscape of the paper. Feinstein called Wilbon the biggest ass kisser in sports media, if that is true he had great teacher in Cornheiser. When Solomon tried to kick Cornheiser to the curve (fire him) in the 80s he was able to move to the Style section of the paper. He carried the toilet paper around for owner Donald Graham. One black female Washington Post columnist wrote a book titled "Plantation on the Potomac." She was describing her employer.
During his days at the Washington Post Wilbon and I bonded and became good friends. We often discussed the politics of sports media. He has called me a mentor. I was proud of him taking a stand and refusing to participate in the forum on the N word because I agreed with his logic as it related to Levy.
I thought to myself, “Why with all the blacks working on the Plantation/Set of ESPN why would they choose Bob Levy a white man to host an important forum on the N Word?” The bottom line---no respect. Former 60 Minutes and CBS Investigative Reporter Byron Pitts had a horse in the race but was given only a bit-part in the forum. Remember, this is the same 60 Minutes that has yet to find a black reporter to replace Ed Bradley.
For example; if I tried to host a forum on the Holocaust with the leaders of the Jewish Community---it would never happen.
Bill Rhoden a sports columnist for the New York Times wrote a book several years ago titled “Million Dollar Slaves” as it related to black athletes in pro sports. Rhoden could not see the forest for the trees.
When it comes to segregation, a media pressroom at “Deadline” is second only to a church on Sunday morning in America.
During the reign of George Solomon as overseer of the Washington Post sports department, there were some great writers and columnist who crossed its threshold. In the 70s, 80s and 90s, my favorites, the greatest was Shirley Povich, followed by Tom Callahan, Byron Rosen, Donald Huff, Michael Wilbon, Dave Aldridge and Dave Dupree. The worst, were Leonard Sharpiro, Norman Chad, Dave Kindred, Tom Boswell, John Feinsteinand Tony Cornheiser (aka Howdy & Doody). The common denominator separating the best from the worst, was H&TWW (Honesty & Integrity While Writting). Huff once told me that Solomon ran the sports department like Adoplh Hitler ran the Nazi Army.
The panel of Carmen (Rapper/Actor), Jason Whitlock (ESPN writer), Ryan Clark (ESPN NFL Analyst) and Michael Wilbon (ESPN PTI) I found it to be rather odd and not well thought out.
There was no Dr. Harry Edwards, Hank Aaron or Jim Brown who can be a contradiction. Jim can often be found talking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to the black athlete and community involvement. Especially, when it comes to where the black athlete spends his money.
His rallying cry, “Show me the money.” The common denominator is that all three black athletes have a track record of being forerunners in the Civil Rights Movement in America. Hopefully, they were asked to participate and were of the same mindset as Wilbon not comfortable with Mr. Levy as the narrator for the forum.
There were several legit participants like Joe Lapchick a white man who has been in the war zones of the Civil Rights Movement and has the scars to show for it.
Another contradiction, the policing of the N word by the NFL is hypocritical. The NFL owners are members of the“Good Old Boy’s Club.” They have shown in the last few decades that they are not interested in having blacks or other minorities as owners.
How can you police the N word when in your own background you have one owner say to the media “No matter how offensive the word is I will never change the nickname of the Washington Redskins? You can put that in CAPITAL LETTERS!”
NFL owners are paying Commissioner Roger Goodell $44 million dollars a year more and they think the players are making too much money? Goodell makes more than any player in the NFL and he never has to make a tackle or catch a pass.
The owners recent pay out to the players for injuries suffered on their watch was peanuts compared to the billions they make year in and year out. I thought it was an insult as soon as I hear it. A federal judge denied preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing it may not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody asked for more financial analysis from the parties, a week after players' lawyers filed a detailed payout plan.
I mean who is zooming who?
I never thought there would be the day when I would see and hear Jason Whitlock sound like he was smarter than Wilbon. There were two previous blogs I read by Whitlock and one said, “Georgetown Basketball Coach John Thompson had revolutionized college basketball by opening up the game for other black coaches. The other said, "I see NFL legend Jim Brown to be a hero in the black community?” Both observations were totally out of focus. I was thinking that John Feinstein could add Whitlock to his list of bigger than life ass kissers in sports media.
Common and Wilbon cited the use the N word as a term of endearment and Jason having an opposing view was both logical and smart. The introduction by Common proves he knows the history of the Civil Rights Movement but has no respect for the sacrifices of those who prepared a way for him. When he refused a request by his mother to cease using the word and a similar plea by poet Myra Angelo. The brother just don't get it---he lost me.
In my conversation with Wilbon back in January I told him I once use the N and MF words as a regular part of my vocabulary. My wife Hattie stepped in and made me re-think my whole vocabulary. My work with youth and as a radio personality helped convince me that I needed to make a change and lead by example.
Common’s opening introduction was a compelling reason for all of us to stop using the N word because it was not our word in the beginning. It was our oppressors who use the N word to violently destroy us by any means necessary.
The N word can still be found in our work place and in organizations that are overrun with black folks. Thanks to envy, jealousy and self-hate white folks no longer have to take the lead as oppressors, blacks are now their own oppressors.
There are blacks who think since they have two more dollars than their employees or neighbors they have arrived. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are just N-----rich.
It has been 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 march on Washington and 46 years since his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. The facts: a white man still doubles the salary of a black man, black unemployment doubles that of the white community, 60% of the inmate population is black, segregated schools are returning to American neighborhoods and the list goes on and on.
Stand Your Ground Laws have given whites a license to shoot and kill blacks for no other reason then, “They looked suspicious or the music was too loud.” Have we forgotten, how the system has use bankruptcy, redlining, white collar crime, crack cocain laws, minimun wage and now the Stand Your Ground law to keep us in our place (in the back of the bus).
I recently read that Stand Your Ground laws are like bleach, it works miracles for whites and ruins colors.
Use of the N word is comparable, whites use the N word to keep their history alive and blacks using the N word as a term of endearment insures and measures how far we still have to go. Someone once said, “If you don’t know your history you are bound to repeat it.”
Harold K. Bell (a sports talk show and community pioneer)
Harold Bell (known as "HB") is a legend in the streets and sports talk radio in Washington, DC.
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Harold Bell was born on May 21, 1938 to Alfred and Mattie Bell, Brooklyn, NY in Kings County Hospital. He is a 4th generation Washingtonian. His Great-Grand father Alfred Johnson Tyler laid the first brick to build Mt. Airy Baptist Church in NW Washington, DC in 1893. The Tyler House a low-income residence for senior citizens is named after his Great-Uncle the Rev. Earl Tyler. He grew up in a NE housing project and was a product of the DC Public schools, Nevel Thomas Elementary, Brown Middle School and Spingarn High School. He graduated from Fairmont Heights High School in Fairmont Heights, Maryland in 1959. He continued his on-going education at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC.
In 1964 he returned home from college to DC and took a job as a Neighborhood Worker for UPO a self-help organization aka United Planning Organization. His co-workers were the late legendary radio personality Petey Green and black Militant, H Rap Brown.
In 1967 he took a job with the DC Recreation Department elite Roving Leaders’ Program (Youth Gang Task Force). Shortly after joining the department a high school student was shot after a basketball game between Spingarn and McKinley Tech. His alma mater was Spingarn and he was given the assignment to help restore peace. NBA Rookie of the Year Dave Bing a Spingarn grad and friend was making his debut at the 1967 NBA All-Star Game that was being played at the Baltimore Civic Center. Harold called Bing and they agreed to meet before the game.
The result; Harold convinced Bing to come back to Spingarn the day after the All-Star Game and address a full assembly of students. His talk and plea restored peace to the school environment.
During the 1968 riots NFL Green Bay Packer player Willie Wood (Roving Leader), Luke C. Moore (U. S. Marshall) and Harold walked arm in arm in the hardest hit area of the city, the 14th Street NW corridor. Their mission was to save lives. Only one life was lost during the riots.
In 1968 he found Kids In Trouble, Inc. a community based non-profit organization to enhance the growth of inner-city children.
When he tried recruiting mentors for the program from local black colleges he found no help. He turned to high school students from an all-white 7 Day Adventist Church in Tacoma Park, Maryland. Every Saturday a yellow school bus full of young people would travel from Tacoma Park to 14th & W Streets NW (riot corridor) to mentor and give back to needy children in the inner-city.
It was here he coined the phrase that he would later close his radio sports talk show with, “Remember every black face you see is not your brother and every white face you see is not your enemy.”
He hosted and coordinated his first community based Christmas toy party for elementary school children in December 1968 at the 14th & W Street address. It has become the longest on-going community based toy party in the country. Thousands of children have benefited from the program in DC, Md. and Virginia and benefactors can be found as far away as Atlanta, Georgia and Eastern North Carolina.
1970 he encouraged pro athletes, Larry Brown, Roy Jefferson, Harold McLinton and Ted Vactor of the Washington Pro Football team and judges Luke C. Moore, Harry T. Alexander, Eugene Hamilton, Alex Williams, Ted Newman, Henry Kennedy Jr. and Chief Judge Harold Green of the DC Superior Court to join him in his community endeavors.
Kids In Trouble, Inc. Santa Claus helpers, have included, Harold McLinton (NFL Washington), Larry Brown (NFL MVP) Dave Robinson (NFL Hall of Fame) and Doug Williams (NFL Super Bowl MVP).
He was the first black to head a Domestic Actions program (Department of Defense). Presidential Appointee (1970)
He found the first ever half-way house in the United States for juvenile delinquents on a military installation on Bolling Air Force Base in 1970.
He has been honored at the White House by President Richard Nixon and cited in the Congressional Record by Lou Stokes (D-Ohio), Bob Dole (R-Kan) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) for his work with at-risk children.
In 1978 he became the first Sports & Marketing Rep for Nike Shoes in the DC market.
In 1979 he was named the first ever Sports & Marketing Rep for Anhuser Busch Beer in the DC market.
He was the first media personality to encourage pro athletes, radio, television, print media personalities, and DC Superior Court judges to get involved in the community to improve the plight of our children. They participated in his Kids In Trouble, Inc. and Inside Sports benefit celebrity golf, tennis, boxing shows, fashion shows and Career Day programs in the DC Public school system.
Hero & Good Samaritan: In July of 1969 he found one of his kids lying on the bottom of the swimming pool at Hillcrest Children’s Center Saturday Program. He dove into the pool and pulled the child out. He then ran with the child in his arms two blocks to Children’s hospital for resuscitation that saved the child’s life. On October 10, 2007 he rescued an autistic 15 year old girl who had accidently fallen on to the subway train tracks (Potomac Ave Station/Orange & Blue Line in SE DC).
Harold was a three sport all-around athlete at Spingarn High School in NE Washington, DC. He credits his legendary Spingarn high school coach and mentor Dave Brown with saving his life from the mean streets of DC.
He attended Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC on an athletic scholarship where he played football and basketball for legendary basketball coach Clarence “Bighouse” Gaines.
First alumni recipient of the Clarence “Bighouse” Gaines Unsung Heroes Award for Community Service.
He followed his dreams of someday playing in the NFL to Charleston, West Virginia. Harold played a year as a WR for the Charleston Rockets a minor league football team affiliated with the NFL. In 1965 he returned home to DC. He would moonlight on the weekends while working for the DC Recreation Department and playing Minor league football for the Washington Pro Football team’s Minor League affiliate, the Virginia Sailors (1965-1969).
Inside Sports Talk Show Radio and TV Vehicles: WOL, W-O-O-K, WUST, WYCB, WPFW, WKYS, WINX and NBC-WRC TV-4
His one on one interviews with Muhammad Ali, Don King, Bert Sugar, Jim Brown, George Gervin, Sugar Ray Leonard, Angelo Dundee, Red Auerbach are classics.
Free-lance writer for the Washington Post and Washington Afro-American newspapers.
He was the first black to host and produce his own radio sports talk show in Washington, DC in 1972. The Original Inside Sports was first heard on W-O-O-K 1450 A M Radio. In November 1975 he became the first black to produce and host his own television sports special in prime time on NBC affiliate WRC TV-4 in Washington, DC. The show was titled “Spotlight on Sports.” The Greatest, Muhammad Ali was his special guest.
Inside Sports was picked the Number One rated radio sports talk show in the DC market by the Washington Star and Post newspapers. He was introduced by Muhammad Ali as a community hero during a DC Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner in Ali’s honor (1978).
The Inside Sports radio sports talk radio format can be heard and seen in every radio and television talk format in the world. Inside NFL, Inside NBA, Inside NHL, Inside Washington, and Inside Sports Magazine all derived from the Original Inside Sports.
Dave Bing cared long before the “NBA CARED and Willie Wood, Larry Brown, Roy Jefferson, Ted Vactor and Harold McLinton cared long before the NFL.” Thanks to Harold Bell all pro sports franchises now CARE in their reach back efforts to improve the plight of the communities where they live and work.
When the selection committees had overlooked the contributions of Willie Wood and Earl Lloyd to be inducted into the NFL and NBA Hall of Fames respectively. He lobbied successfully on his Inside Sports radio talk show for their induction.
In 1972 he established a working relationship with the Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Norman Carlson. The relationship was established to help victims of a judicial court system that operated on the premise and guild lines of Justice & Just-Us. Some of the benefactors included, DC high school and playground basketball legends, Bernard Levi, Jo Jo Hunter, Jim Brown (NFL) and many more. He lobbied successfully to have their jail sentences commuted or reduced.
“Talk Show Host Harold Bell Blazes a Path Inside Sports” (Washington Post News/William Taaffe)
“Harold Bell is a One Man Community Action Program. I don’t think I have ever met anyone quiet like him.” (Nicholas Blatchford/Washington Star News)
“Area Sportscasters Walk a Fine Line Covering the Redskins” (Washington Times News/Dennis Tuttle)
“Harold Bell” Inner-city children can vouch for his success (Washington Star News/J.D. Beathea)
“District Children, Athletes Come First for Sportscaster” (Washington Star News/Rodney Peele)
“Harold Bell’s Cocaine Hotline Saving Athlete’s Lives” (J. D. Beathea/Washington Star News)
“1980 Washingtonian of the Year” (Washingtonian Magazine) first sports media personality ever honored.
1982 U. S. Boxing Association “Man of the Year”
“DC Broadcaster and Youth Advocate Harold Bell Lauded for Saving Girl’s Life Who Fell on Subway Tracks.” (Jackie Jones/blackamericaweb.com & NBC WRC-TV 4)
“Blacks in Broadcasting/Turn the Sound On, Hear Bell Sound Off” (Washington Post News/(Norman Chad)
“Developing a Community Quarterback” (Lavada Starr/About Time Magazine)
Black History Mouth (City Paper/Dave McKenna)
Living Black History: February 2007 profiled on BlackAmericaweb.com and Tom Joiner morning radio show heard in 142 cities, ‘Broadcasting Icon Harold Bell, the Visionary behind Inside Sports.’
“Harold Bell may be controversial but I have yet to hear anyone call him a liar.” Earl Lloyd (NBA Hall of Fame)
“Harold Bell Blazes a Path Inside Sports. He is a unique sportscaster, former athlete, youth leader and social critic all rolled in one.” Bill Taffee (Washington Star News)
“Harold Bell is the Heavyweight Champion of sports talk.” Don King (Boxing Hall of Fame)
“Harold has always been a voice for people who didn’t have a voice. He has always called it like he saw it. He has been an inspiration and motivation for me and a lot other black broadcasters. James Brown (NFL CBS Sports)
“Harold Bell has always provided a platform for those without one. When I was wrongly incarcerated he was there for me.” Jim Brown (NFL)
Long time Washington Times newspaper sports columnist, Dick Heller said, “Harold Bell is the Godfather of sports talk.”
He is married to Hattie Thomas Bell a former teacher in the DC Public Schools (Master’s Degree). She was born in Orangeburg, S. C. and raised in DC. Her father the late Dr. Charles H. Thomas Jr. was a College Professor at South Carolina State University. He found and started Voter Registration in the state of South Carolina in 1959. He was inducted into the Black South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2007. Hattie and Harold have been married for 45 years.
Goal: Making God, home and children FIRST
Favorite quote: A LIE will change a 1,000 times the TRUTH never changes (Grandma Bell).
The benefactors of Kids In Trouble, Inc. and Inside Sports reads like a Who's Who before their 15 minutes of fame.
1) JAMES BROWN (INSIDE THE NFL/CBS)
2) JOHN THOMPSON (GEORGETOWN/ESPN)
3) SUGAR RAY LEONARD (BOXING/ESPN)
4) MICHAEL WILBON (NBC NBA / ESPN)
5) DAVE ALDRIDGE (TBS TELEVISION)
6) ADRIAN BRANCH (ESPN/NBA)
7) ALFRED LIGGINS (OWNER RADIO & TV ONE)
8) CATHY HUGHES (OWNER RADIO & TV ONE)
9) BUTCH McADAMS (RADIO ONE)
10) JEFF MAJORS (ENTERTAINER)
11) LONNIE TAYLOR (1st BLACK CHIEF OF STAFF CAPITOL HILL)
12) JAMIE FOSTER BROWN (PUBLISHER SISTER 2 SISTER MAGAZINE)
13) JAIR LYNCH (1996 OLYMPIC GYMNIST)
14) DARRYL HILL (FIRST BLACK TO PLAY AT NAVY&THE ACC)
15) OMAR TYREE (AUTHOR / BEST SELLER SIMON & SHUSTER)
16) CHRIS THOMAS (COMEDIAN BET)
17) ADRIAN DANTLEY (NBA)
18) GLEN HARRIS (TV 8 SPORTS)
19) ODEN POLYNICE (NBA)
20) EARL LLOYD (NBA) *
21) WILLIE WOOD (NFL) *
22) JIM BROWN (NFL) *
23) FATTY TAYLOR (NBA)
24) BILL RASPBERRY (PULITZER PRIZE MEDIA) *
25) TONY PAIGE (NFL)
26) RANDY KENNEDY (HARVARD LAW/AUTHOR)
27) DON KING (BOXING) *
28) TIM BAYLOR (NBA)
29) DAVE BING (NBA/MAYOR)
30) BOBBY GARNER (NFL)
31) JO JO HUNTER (NBA)*
32) KEVIN BLACKISTONE (ESPN)
33) GRANT HILL (NBA)