Philly.com – JUST DAYS before a title bout that could eclipse the miracles of George Foreman, ageless phenomenon Bernard Hopkins addressed what really matters: Questioning former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb’s blackness and mettle. According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens. “Forget this,” Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin. “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.” Hopkins also implied that, while Vick and Owens remained true to their roots, McNabb did not, and that McNabb was rudely awakened when the Eagles traded him to the Redskins last year. “Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He’s the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You’re our boy,’ ” Hopkins said, patting a reporter on the back in illustration. “He thought he was one of them.” Replace “guy in the house” with “slave in the house,” then replace “on the field” with “in the field,” and Hopkins’ message is Uncle Tom-clear. McNabb’s publicist, Rich Burg, said McNabb would have no comment. Hopkins yesterday invited the press to watch him train at Joe Hand’s North Philadelphia gym and to answer questions pertaining to his rematch May 21 against Jean Pascal in Montreal for the WBC and The Ring magazine light heavyweight championship, which will be televised on HBO.
I know I shouldn’t put any real credence to anything said by a man whose been punched in the head for 30+ years, but this shit is just ridiculous. I get that Dirtpass McSoupSlurp is a certified Carlton who lacks originality or anything resembling coolness. I get that. But you can’t just call the dude a house slave when talking to the media. That’s black on black athlete crime like a motherfucker. Blackness isn’t measured in ignorance and jail time — stupidity is. Stop taking pride in being stupid. There are millions of black people out here who have college degrees and have never been locked up. That doesn’t make us less black. It just makes you sounds like a race-traitor asshole.
If you wanna go around saying Donovan isn’t hood go right ahead. You’d be 100% correct. But don’t drag millions of educated, well-meaning, and tax-paying African Americans down into your pit of retardation because you don’t know the difference between skin color and mentality. McNabb’s “company man” persona is just his own personality. It’s just who he is. Not every black person who got ahead has had to kiss a white person’s ass to get there (checks email to see if Pres needs anything). If you wanna say the guy is corny or less cool than Vick or whatever that’s fine. You’d be right. But he isn’t any less black than you or anyone you associate with. Shit, ask Rush Limbaugh if you don’t believe me.