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The dress code is not racist. It is about professionalism and role modeling. We as Black people have allowed the bottom rung to define us for to long. This is a good way to stop it. Allen Iverson and his cronies look like common street thugs.

Perhaps if they dress like the multimillionaires that they are, they would appreciate education, respect women, value their new station in life and be mentally as well as physically strong Black men.

I have many clients that come in for divorce litigation as street thugs, yet when we go to court I make sure they have on suits. The way that they respond to the Court and the other party and their counsel is very different because of the way they dress.

Bottom line, if you dress like you come from nothing, you tend to act like it. If you put time and effort into your appearance you don't want to mess it up by losing your cool with ruffian behavior.

I firmly believe that when you take the thug out of the ghetto you can also take the ghetto out of him over time and with training.

Why do we think that enjoying the accoutrements of civilized society is racist. If they want to be thugs so bad why not drive a car that a thug can afford, probably a used car, instead of driving the Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Maserati or Lamborgini? The Kings and Queens of African always had the finest clothes, they never dressed down to show how high they were.

It is the twisting of reality that causes these players to make statement like Allen Iverson. You would never know he even went to college to hear him talk.

They are professionals, why do we want them to look like less and when someone wants to raise the bar we call it racist? Racist is allowing someone to keep you down economically, physically or mentally. Dressing like a common thug on the street does nothing be keep you mentally down.

As for the comment about next they will attack braid, dreads and afro. When Carol Mosley Braun wore braids on the floor of the United States Senate she looked as regal as any Queen ever did. But Allen's Doo Rag has got to go.
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Why do we think that enjoying the accoutrements of civilized society is racist. If they want to be thugs so bad why not drive a car that a thug can afford, probably a used car, instead of driving the Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Maserati or Lamborgini? The Kings and Queens of African always had the finest clothes, they never dressed down to show how high they were.



I may be wrong but those the cars the real Thugs drive but their thuggism is done in board rooms behind closed doors, in poor nations etc... But hey they dont dress like thugs or self proclaimed thugs....
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We as Black people have allowed the bottom rung to define us for too long.
Please... You're saying WHITE AMERICA has defined Black people by the "lower rung" and a bunch of Black people, middle-class or otherwise, are taking out their frustration on the "Black Lower Rung" because of the flak they get from the racist "Race Representation" Stereotyping.

I'm not "defined" or rather don't define myself by so-called "Lower Rung", thuggish culture.

But tell me this: When did "We As A People" hold the Thugs Will Define Us conference and declare that's who "WE" are?

When did such a thug culture become the default definition of "Blackness" and how was that made so?

My point is this stuff is so misdirected in so many ways. But, go ahead, INTERNALIZE RACISM and take that "Race Representation" stereotyping to heart. We wouldn't won't to show White People "our" worst face. You know, like "We As A People" did in Toledo... or in NOLA.
Nuttin' handsomer on this planet than an African-in-America in a suit, in my estimation. There's an "Ester-C" commercial that comes on TV here a bazillion times with the most gorgeous fella I've seen since Marvin Gaye, and he's in a fireman's uniform. Gawd, he's a handsome fella. I don't even know what "Ester-C" is, but he's supa-dupa gorgeous to Norland.
Cobb, love your post. That is cute. For the record, I do not allow the bottom rung to define me, but the fact that our Black Professional athletes get more press and notoriety than our Black Doctors or Scientist is shameful. Bling will not bring the masses out of poverty, education will, but when our athletes drop out of school to get the bling they send the wrong message to our very impressionable youth.
Of course it's racist. Their arguments are as follows (and I'm hearing this from white people at another forum I go to)

1. They are represnting the NBA.
2. Clothing companies won't want to continue to endorse them.
3. It's a job and jobs have dress codes.
4. Suits are sybols of professionalism.
5. (when all else fails) Because they are employees and they have to follow the rules.

To kill ALL of that I give to you:

1. The Mafia and the US government are THE most corrupt and the biggest thugs in the country yet white people NEVER make a connection between their colothing and their deeds, it's only with non white people do they make those connections.

The NBA is NOT like a regular 9to5 so there is no comparrison between the two.

Typical American bullshit hypocricy.
I'll grant you that it's 100% racist and the grand dragon of the KKK whispered into the ear of the Commissioner. So what?

SO WHAT? You going to have a million man march against racist dress codes? Is that what your political energy is spent on?

This is lower on the relevance scale than one person getting shoved. This is lower than if a car wrecked in the parkinglot of the Staples center.
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I'll grant you that it's 100% racist and the grand dragon of the KKK whispered into the ear of the Commissioner. So what?

SO WHAT? You going to have a million man march against racist dress codes? Is that what your political energy is spent on?

This is lower on the relevance scale than one person getting shoved. This is lower than if a car wrecked in the parkinglot of the Staples center.
The "so what?" is that it's a double standard with no real reason. The issue itself is petty but now that it has become an imposed rule, it's more than petty because the NBA commission made it so.
Back in the 70s and 80s when African Americans were more serious about racism, we commissioned 'disparate impact' studies. So whenever a policy came around we would quantify in terms of dollars how much it would hurt blacks vs whites.

Of course that would be a foolish thing to do here, and I have been a fool for taking this matter seriously. I shoulda left it at the cartoon.

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