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March 21, 2011

Via Black Youth Project: A (Long Winded) Defense of Jalen Rose

After the initial broadcast on ESPN last Sunday night, Grant Hill wrote a response to Rose–which appeared in The New York friggin’ Times, mind you (Duke alums stay elitist classy all day, everyday, I guess.), calling the moment a “sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events.” Hill later refers to Rose’s comments as “garbled.” The shout out to John Thompson’s awesomely black Georgetown Hoyas teams of the 1980s notwithstanding, Hill’s response reeks of that we often smell when Negroes go about defending the respectability that “made them who they are today.” In this case, specifically, that which partly helped make Hill an attractive Duke recruit in the first place. Further, Hill’s op-ed exacerbates the irritatingly misleading chorus of negative responses to Rose’s comments. I understand the impulse to “defend” his family, but Hill’s rhetorical strategy merely further obscures that which spawned the comments in the first place: rejection.


Jalen Rose gave his detractors an out, or rather an attractive distraction, by employing the term “Uncle Tom” to characterize Duke’s black players. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POST.


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  1. Yvette says:

    From the article:

    [What further upset Rose and the rest of the Fab Five was the way in which their socio-economic backgrounds–with the exception of Webber who, despite a modest upbringing attended the prestigious Detroit Country Day School–disqualified them from being recruited by Duke. In an incredibly lucid comparison of his upbringing to Hill’s, Rose articulates a point about Duke basketball that is very obvious even to the most casual basketball observer: the most talented white and most respectable, palatable black basketball players are the ones who perpetually make up the Duke roster]

    Did we all just miss the point in our rush to vilify one black man and celebrate another?

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