In a piece on Gawker, Homeboy Sandman makes the "claim" that black people (and humans in general) are cowards. His article is a response to the recent controversy surrounding Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers, who has made racist comments about black people being at his games. Homeboy Sandman makes some interesting points, but the use of the word cowardice does not sit right with me because he seemingly ignores the structural racism that allows things like the Donald Sterling controversy to happen. The "cowardice" that he speaks of is a byproduct of structural racism. How many times can one be beaten down by an oppressive system before either living quietly within it or buying into it? Homeboy Sandman says that he does not really believe that black people are cowards, but that there needs to be more willfulness and courageousness in the black community. It can be difficult to live in a world such as ours, but black people do fight against the system, and they do exhibit the willfulness and courageousness that Homeboy Sandman speaks of. Although I do agree that activism against hatred and intolerance is increasingly important in a time in which many have bought into this idea of a post-racial world.
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