This article is in response to an article featured in the New York Times, "Crime Blotter Has a Regular: Yankees Caps," by Manny Fernandez.
This is the dumbest thing that I've ever had the privilege of reading. People are so close-minded. So because a person commits a crime, they can't be a sports fan, or at least have an allegiance to a home team?
Because you decide to commit a crime in the city where you live, you can not be proud of where you are from? Because you want to take an illegal shortcut to get money you can't possibly have had any interest in your home city prior to that?
I'm starting to see why there are so many racial problems still prevalent in America now, it's because we are all so caught up in believing that something is ours and ours only. Good things are only for the people that I deem to be good people, the people like me. All those other people are bad, totally bad, rotten to the core, and they can't have any good in them.
I'm from St. Louis, and basically speaking I think wearing a Yankees hat in St. Louis just isn't going to cut it. Here in the S.T.L. everybody wears St. Louis Cardinals hats. Some because they are Cardinal fans, some because it's their home team, and some because that's what they see people wearing around them.
I hate to make it a racial issue, but that Jay-Z line in the New York Times article made it open season. White people need to really let go of the thought that all black people are criminals, all people that listen to rap music are criminals, and the notion that hip-hop, rap, gangsta rap, or any other format of music drives people to wear certain clothes, do certain things, or act a certain way.
Didn't y'all go through that with Elvis, rock and roll, and the Beatles, where your parents said that the music was gonna make you do this or that? Did it? I hope not. If it did then you must be a really weak-minded person, easily led, because you have no mind of your own.
Hey, on the good side of looking at it, that is just how the system wants people to be.