THE ME NOBODY KNOWS
CO-OPTING AND EMERGENCE OF THE ATHLETE NEGRO
The aberrant behavior of a number of African American athletes (Black), often noted in the 24 cycle conversations of social media of Twitter, Facebook, or Instant-gram, outing the issues of drug abuse, spousal mayhem, personal dysfunction, and the continued image of the ungrateful American that can’t or won’t appreciate his enormous good fortune .
But, the Me Nobody Knows African American athlete is not borne in a vacuum, but emergences from the sordid history of racism, the abomination of slavery, and the long embedded doctrine of institutional dominance has conflated the promise of the question of the American dream, only for the chosen. Wrapped in this social, political, and economic conundrum, the Me Nobody Knows, and the reach for survival on the road less travel for success for African Americans, where boardrooms have been denied, parity and inclusion a bridge too far, and the paucity of power that still reign in the citadels of the American financial structure.
Embodied in the Me Nobody Knows is the regrettable reality that too many African American athletes don’t know themselves. The spirit and history of our capture, the brutal Middle Passage from Africa, the Judas mack men, the fear and loathing reflected on unforgiving plantations and slave masters omnipotent rulings and pronouncements. In this atmosphere of impotency and fear of death, African American men emerging as athletes by happenstance, with lost of their self concept, separated from the glories of the African past, disconnected from names and religion, families fragmented, all, pivotal in the social, emotional, and psychological displacement inculcating the debilities of marginalization and hastening his acceptance into the bastardize world of make believe, where money, media, and marketing drives the sports industry.
So, the misdirected behavior of all to many African American athletes, flush with success on the fields, courts, and playgrounds of sports, but, too often in conflict with the law beyond the playgrounds of competition. One need not be shocked or surprised, because in the age of modernity, where many youth, the gangs filled with cadres of the Me, Nobody Knows. – even among themselves. Joining the long list of Athlete Negroes – contaminated psychologically with self hate, lack of their own history in America – and unable to collectively merge their mega- resources to reconstitute the power vacuum that accompanies the lack of power in this political American matrix. .