Bomani’s Big Boner

An ESPN personality by the name of Bomani Jones got a Yahoo! Sports writer all excited by wearing a “Cleveland Caucasians” t-shirt on TV, in an attempt to mock/protest the Cleveland Indian’s famed Chief Wahoo mascot (the bane of ultrasensitive liberals everywhere and a handful of politically active ‘Indians’). Here’s the sorry story.

First I’ll deal with the latest in dimwitted Yahoo! Sports writer, Chris Cwik. Cwik is convinced that Bomani has scored the smackdown of the century. “Down goes the racists! Down goes the racists! Down goes the racists!” no doubt echoed through his empty head in a hollow Howard Cosell cry. That he swallows this silliness is indicative of the weak-minded groupthink in the Yahoo! writers bullpen. He says “Jones is a big-time sports personality.” In what world, Cwik? It’d be more accurate to call him a single-A or double-AA “star” (at best).

He also thinks Jones has hit upon some kind of Earth-shattering gotcha. He seems convinced that after Bomani’s appearance the Indians will be working all night to create new uniforms for the next game. Oy!

Oh, and who is Bomani Jones? Okay, I’ll admit, I pretty much avoid ESPN, all channels out of protest of its liberalism (and some of its business practices), but I still have an idea who the major personalities are. Who the eff is Bomani Jones? His Wiki lists some shows he’s involved with. Nothing big — radio and second-tier low-rent filler. He’s not an ex-athlete. He seems awfully young, but then so many young are full of themselves. Surprise! His parents are “activists” (of the liberal kind). He seems to have been some kind of professional student for many years and then somehow wormed his way into high-profile gigs without any experience whatsoever. The few clips I’ve seen of him do not demonstrate can’t-miss innate talent, say, in the way of a Stephen A. Smith (love him or hate him, the guy has the gift). Jones is clearly in love with his own voice, that’s obvious. Admittedly, that helps in the business he’s in.

But let’s get back to the point.

When you think about it, it’s actually amazingly infantile. I’m sure Jones thought he was scoring some huge points. But what he didn’t realize is that most nonliberal “white” people do not think in terms of race. If anything they are likely to fall back on some ethnicity associated with the family names of the previous generation or two. That several generations of being in the United States makes a complete hash of ethnic identities is ignored.

Remember many years ago Jesse Jackson encouraging young blacks to look in the mirror and be proud of their skins? Part of the whole “Black is beautiful” thing? The average white person would never consider doing such a nonsensical thing. But modern blacks have been taught to view everything through the lens of race. Everything becomes a racial incident.

For Bomani, he hasn’t a clue that most white people, nonliberal that is, would just shrug their shoulders at the name “Cleveland Caucasians.” “What’s the big deal?” If the team is any good they might grow fond of it and if it isn’t they don’t give it much thought. If he thinks they are going to rise up in outrage, he’s seriously deluding himself. They just don’t play the racial identity politics that he does. The racist here is Bomani.

I did find the little dollar sign replacing the brave feather to be funny and also indicative of Bomani’s cluelessness. Clearly he’s unaware that some of the most dollar-oriented people, we’re talking hedge fund fanatic-level obsession, are black rappers. They love all signs of wealth. So Bomani’s “gotcha” detail for his “Caucasian” stereotype isn’t particularly correct. It’s hard to make a good stereotype if you can’t get the details right. But then I don’t think anyone would confuse Bomani Jones with an intellectual, except Bomani and Yahoo! writers.

He’s probably looking in the mirror now and saying, “Bomani, you are one bad, beautiful and brainy black cat!”

Apparently these shirts have been on the market for awhile and the world hasn’t been engulfed in the flames of racial guilt. That should have been Bomani’s first clue.

Of course, if he was really intelligent, he’d actually start marketing the shirts — make a fortune — and then discover most of his buyers are the hated white man.

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