LaVar Ball & the Myth of the “Good Black Father”

The two biggest mistakes in Michael Lewis’ latest book, The Undoing Project, were describing Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry as “mixed-race”, which he’s not, and the suggestion that 3 out of 4 of the NBA’s Black players barely knew their fathers.

The implication of the first mistake was that Steph Curry needed a white parent to be able to shoot that well.

The implication of the second mistake was that as opposed to stating what the statistics may or may not have actually read, that 3 out of 4 Black NBA players grew up without a father in the home, Lewis suggested that he knows intimately all the relationships between Black father and their children.

It’s true that too many Black people grow up without a father in the the home; yours truly included.

Still, I’d argue that most of us know that nigga quite well.

My own late father – may he rest in peace – was an abject failure at everything he put his hand to, except loving his sons.

Yet as with most things before the Liberals got involved, whereas standards for Black inclusion had always been traditionally higher, like for voting and becoming enrolled in certain military academies and universities, we’ve allowed ourselves to become convinced that standards for us should be lowered.

So nowadays, what should constitute no more that “general” fatherhood gets recategorized as “good” if Black men are involved.

Sorry, but I gotta side with Chris Rock on that one.

You’re supposed to take care of your kids!

However, what confuses me is when I see even Black men become involved in is the canonization of Black women as single mothers.

The reason this should be offensive to Black men and women is because it casts Black men as the only possible cause for Black single-parenthood, whereas I’d argue that when relationships fail, the man is only at fault half the time.

But we all go along with Liberal praise of Black single mothers then go dead silent when Black incarceration rates get brought up, like one has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

Now, Lavar Ball:

Don’t get me wrong, there are “good” Black fathers, a couple of them with NBA sons.

Both Dwyane Wade and Gilbert Arenas‘ dads famously rescued them from drug-addicted mothers and raised them on their own.

But when I turned to Twitter and saw that LaVar Ball; father of Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngleo was trending because of demanding that whichever sneaker company chose to sign his son Lonzo to a deal would also have to license his own inane Big Baller Brand t-shirt line had actually cost the boy a shot at signing with Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, then noticing that some people were actually defending this nut as a “good Black father”, I was, in a word, flabbergasted.

First of all, these people must have forgotten that this is the same dude that was ready to sell all of his sons down the river for a cool billion.

Second, it’s debatable whether or not those boys needed LaVar in the home for basketball success.

Third, the man is a racist, made obvious by his diatribe against his son Lonzo’s white teammates and, like I’ve written so many times before about Black men in interracial relationships, if they happen to hate white men, odds are they ain’t too fond of Black women either and this is the influence that his son grew up under.

So “good” Black father?

Maybe not.

Grandstanding asshole trying to deflect away from the well-deserved shine that his son Lonzo rightfully earned?

Probably.

About the Author

dickiebhee
Dickie Bhee is a self-styled lunatic, a Renaissance showman, a Class A, Grade A buffoon, a nigga that believes in the greatness of Niggerhood a social gadfly and a genuine Man About Town. Also: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E7NYMP4

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