Yvette Carnell: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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by Yvette Carnell

If you haven’t been living under a rock, then by now you know that Washington Capitals player Joel Ward scored a game-winning goal in overtime to take the Capitals to victory in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. By now you also know that Ward’s goal was met with a barrage of racist tweets. 

It would appear that Ward’s game winning goal threw racist white hockey fans into the the abyss of disbelief. The idea that a black man could also be a superb hockey player was met with Ward being called all varieties of the word nigger: sand nigger, damn nigger, coon nigger, and so on.

To further demonstrate that white hockey fans have a lot to learn about race, take a look at this jersey worn by a Philadelphia fan. The #17 is worn by Wayne Simmonds, a forward for the Flyers. I guess Simmonds doesn’t deserve his own signature  jersey or name. It’s just as well to call him “The Black Guy”, not to be confused with “Some Black Guy” or “That Black Guy.” Black people all look alike right?

With black people, and black men especially, some white people lack a great deal of specificity. This, perhaps, could explain why they sometimes I.D. “The Wrong Black Guy.” I mean, if you just view all black men as “The Black Guy”, then how can you be expected differentiate among and between them?

The guy in the Jersey, who is also probably a big fan of Simmonds, also probably couldn’t pick him out of a lineup either. Betcha’ he could pick out Alexander Ovechkin, though. That’s what’s wrong with this picture.

Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.



13 Comment

  1. Why are we surprised?!? We thought that racists were changing, but ever since Obama became President, they’ve been bolder and especially nastier. The Congressman calling the President a liar and Ariz. Gov. wagging her finger in the President’s face shows how racist many people STILL are.

    Some racists donate to Planned Parenthood with the specific and stated desire to pay for black abortions! We oblige them-1/3 of all abortions performed daily are black babies, to the tune of 1,400. Hitler killed 6 million Jews from 1933-45 at a rate of 1,369. That was called a genocide. What do we call what’s happening to us?!?

  2. Why do melanin enhanced people keep referring to our Half Caucasion President (who was raised by non-enhanced Grandparents) as “Black”? He’s a person, he got Osama bin-Ladin, that’s enough!
    I’m deeply in love with a melalin enhanced Lady and have done all I can to help and her disabled child and actually I find it quite offensive to see folks attempting to separate people by ‘color’?

  3. Jeff Hart ** I suggest you do some reading and catch up on our history friend. Need a few book suggestions ? Let me know

  4. @jeff well sorry the reality is that most white people thinks he’s black so it ain’t just us.

  5. Pick from a line up of chinese, or a lineup of blonds or red heads – not the bottled one – which one you saw yesterday.
    Got to be familiar with the races to be able to identify, we’ve a long way to go in this country.

  6. racism n. The belief that a particular race, especially one’s own, is superior to other races. This is what made America such a great country the oppressor keeping the oppress in their place is a war strategic for the oppressor survival, until we come up with our own art of war. his foot will remain on our necks.

  7. Damn Shame…. SMDH

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