For better or for worse, I’ve been following the news a little more than normal this week. So, if you don’t mind, we’re going to take a little break from learning how to make a baby the hard way, and talk about something more important.
This week a professional athlete came out of the closet. I am giving you that link to Fox News because it is the best source for this kind of information. And here is a little partial screen shot of the story just in case your hands are otherwise occupied or just in case you don’t have any.
So did you see it? The last sentence? “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” I know. I’m shocked! I had no idea that this guy was black. I might have guessed that he was African-American, but I hate to assume. He does play basketball, however, so that was probably a huge hint.
And I think that this was very nice of him to clear all this up for everyone, especially people like me, who might have been wondering if any black people would ever come out of the closet about their blackness. I don’t think he owes us an explanation about WHY he is black, but I do think it was a good idea for him to just say it out loud, so the rest of us could know. And so he could be a positive role model for other black people.
But I’m also hoping for a day, when black people go to a major magazine to tell them that they are black and the magazine says “Huh! That’s not news. Go away.” You might say I have a dream.