The STRIPES of Healing
This biweekly newsletter will seek to explain the pain and suffering mainly people of color endure through no fault of their own. The dehumanizing excuses our people always seem to elicit from people in power that make our Christian Brothers and Sisters accept their reasoning as if it was uttered by the Almighty. Lastly what I see with my own eyes begs the question from my conscience. “Are we loving or can we really love our neighbor as ourselves”.
Issue 29: A Way That is Right to Him
Written by: Victor E. Moseley
I wonder when it happened in America? Probably, well not probably, I’m sure it happened long before Black people got that last 2/5’s to become fully whole citizens in America. I know, being 3/5’s of a human being was convenient to the founders, you know to please all those ‘slave masters’ that wanted things to remain the way they’ve always been right?
Well, I’ve got a news bulletin for the writers, bloggers, sports prognosticators and everybody else with a penchant for putting words to every medium. Coach Deion Sanders of the Colorado Buffaloes doesn’t have to follow a path, pattern, blueprint or what’s acceptable for a football guru. Let me tell, no share a little history. A little history before America wrote her own rules about what history should be taught. Yeah that also means our suppressed history Black folks.
From the Authorized King James version of the Holy Bible. Galatians 6:4…But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. Coach Prime conducts the art of football coaching based on his own terms, knowledge, and philosophy. Now, everybody that knows me knows that I support any human being doing things their way abiding by certain rules hopefully. No harm morally, illegally or ethically can come to the people in your charge. Leaders have a high calling and I don’t absolve anyone of that standard.
I know, some people seem to call anybody a leader these days. I beg to differ for reasons that are quite clear. Leader means there is someone following you based on the success you’ve had in your particular interests. Coach Prime knows he has to carve a path in college football that is overgrown and full of obstacles. Sure, I know there were already Black coaches in college football long before Prime graced the sidelines. The difference is, think back now, did you see those coaches being who they truly were?
Stay with me now. We’re still in the college ranks. I know the NFL have always had colorful coaches that did it whatever way they saw fit. Dam what anybody else thought of them. College is different.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say what I believe needs to be said. All those negative Nicks and proper Priscillas know that at the end of the day college football at its core is entertainment. They still frown upon coaches being animated on the sidelines. Well, not to get too much into self-care, but ‘positive expression about the profession eliminates depression’.
When you enjoy what you’re doing, and this goes for anything not harmful preferably, is essential to your overall well-being. Excitement in sports is not just for the spectators. It is critical for players, coaches, alumni and the athletic departments to enjoy!
Let the man alone as far as his flamboyance goes. Hopefully flamboyance will become the norm sooner rather than later in all sports. Coach Prime, do what you do. I’ll be watching.