Controversial sports journalist Stephen A. Smith made a statement recently that has many people up in arms. Smith claimed that black athletes have it pretty rough due to the large amounts of money they accrue over their careers. So while there are soldiers fighting and dying for our country, the mainstream media chooses to call Colin Kaepernick and friends heroes. Something just doesn’t add up.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, wealthy black athletes have it “pretty rough.” And they don’t have it rough in spite of their money. They have it rough BECAUSE of their money.
“If we’re being honest, the black athlete has it pretty rough — not just in spite of the money, but actually because of it. With money comes expectations to do right, to be right, regardless of the scrutiny or adversity one faces,” explained Smith “which is why Kevin Durant was absolutely correct and righteous when alluding to his privileged relationship with the viewing public while making sure to lament the fact that it wouldn’t exist for him or anyone black were it not for riches and fame,” said Smith.
This was in response to a recent interview with Kevin Durant. “I didn’t have it as rough when it comes to that, as far as social or systematic oppression or any social issues. They didn’t really apply to me because I could put a ball in a basket. Just me saying that kind of woke me up a little bit, like “Damn, that’s all I’m good for?” Like, if I wasn’t a basketball player, what kind of man would they look at me as you know what I’m saying?” said Durant.
Let us also not forget that while Smith and others from the mainstream media are praising the spoiled brat athletes in this country, others across the globe are truly suffering. Most people don’t realize that although it’s 2017, there are still many countries that practice slavery. Recently there has been a lot of attention given to the Libyan slave trade. News outlets are reporting on the dire conditions that Libyan men have been facing at the hands of brutal rival tribes.
As the sitting President of the United States so infamously proclaims, a closer look into the phenomena of humans being sold at auction in the year 2017 confirms the unthinkable — slavery is mainstream again. However, CNN is not giving you the reason why people are being traded for cash, bought and sold at auction, for as little as $400.
According to the New York Times, the cause of the travesty goes all the way back to the United States’ backing of the so-called “Arab Spring,” an uprising which eventually led to the overthrow of Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
However, the destabilized hub for slavery and terrorism that we see today is not just from the Arab spring. The Obama Administration, led by then-Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton, orchestrated Qaddafi’s overthrow. Secretary Clinton even laughed at Qaddafi’s violent death, joking with a reporter upon hearing the news he’d been assassinated, “We came, we saw, he died.”
As TFTP reported last year, declassified emails revealed that NATO killed Gaddafi to stop the Libyan creation of a gold-backed currency. It is also important to note that no matter who would have been in office, this plan would’ve been carried out as it is the standard operating procedure of US foreign policy. A gold-backed currency is a threat to the establishment who knows no party lines.
Proof the crisis in Libya has led to slave trading comes from the United Nations’ Migration Agency, the IOM. The IOM’s envoy to Libya is Othman Belbeisi. The IOM’s Twitter account documented the slave trade, also referencing CNN’s work.
Belbeisi addressed reporters at a Genevan press conference in early November, describing the slave trade taking place in Africa’s most northern country.
If you go to the market and you can pay between 200 and 500 dollars to get a migrant that will work with you on your daily jobs or support your work. After you buy, this person is handed over to you, again then it becomes your responsibility. Many of them escape, many of them are kept in bondage, and many of them are even imprisoned inside an area where they are forced to work on daily basis.
— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) November 15, 2017
Next time you turn on the news and hear about how rough black athletes have it in America, just remember that there are people out there who are truly suffering. It’s 2017 and slavery is big news again. Until America gets back into the slave trade, there will never be any comparison worth a thought.
What do you think?