The double whammy of the George Zimmerman verdict and the release of Fruitvale (I ain’t calling it by the new name, Fruitvale Station, because that’s filmmakers bending to Hollywood studio pressure. Forget that! The movie was conceived as Fruitvale, it was still named Frutivale at Sundance last year — I will call it Fruitvale) has once again shone light on the degree to which black men are discriminated against in America.
And so I began to think about how basketball, or more specifically, the basketball court, represents the bizarro world America.
Bizarro world, if you are unfamiliar (meaning you’re not a geek), refers to an alternate universe set inside DC Comics’ universe. In Bizarro world, everything is flipped turned upside down.
So basketball in America, at all levels, from the NBA on down to high school squads, is flipped from normal America, for that is the place where black privilege exists, and whites and, to a worse degree, Asians are racially profiled. Continue reading