September 18, 2008, - 9:39 am
Dallas Mavs’ Multi-Millionaire Josh Howard on National Anthem: “I Don’t Celebrate That Sh-t. I’m Black”
By Debbie Schlussel
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Recently, I told you about how a Black woman who was supposed to sing America’s National Anthem at the beginning of a Denver City Council meeting, instead opened it with the separatist Black National Anthem. And I noted that has-been pop singer Anita Baker also sang the Black National Anthem at a Detroit speech of National of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Apparently, the trend is growing. Video shows Dallas Mavericks player Josh Howard, a multi-millionaire, saying:
The Star-Spangled Banner is going on right now. I don’t even celebrate that sh-t. I’m Black.
It also sounds like he might be invoking the name “Obama.” It’s hard to hear it, so listen closely:
So, let’s see. The guy is making millions of dollars to throw a ball through a basket (he averaged 19.9 points last season). He lives better than most Americans could ever dream of. And yet, he doesn’t feel like enough of an American to regard our National Anthem as anything other than “That Sh-t” because he’s Black.
Oh, and don’t forget he’s an admitted pot user drives 94 miles per hour (for which he’s scheduled to appear in court, next week), and threw himself a birthday bash after he and his team blew the playoffs and lost to the New Orleans Hornets.
Yet, only in America, does this guy become a multi-millionaire.
Yup–“That Sh-t”, indeed.
What is up with this undue separatism and self-imposed faux-alienation, at a time when a Black man may become President of the United States and there is affirmative action and minority set-asides throughout the nation?
The video was shot two months ago on a cellphone camera. Watch a North Carolina TV news report from WXII-Channel 12. A number of Black Americans are very upset by Josh Howard’s statement. I especially like the comments of Larry Jones, a proud Black American U.S. veteran.
**** UPDATE: Bonus Video–Josh Howard on the Joys of Pot: