Derrick Rose Is The Man

"A hit dog will holler” is an old proverb that has been popular in the southern United States. It means that a person who is offended by something someone has done will tell that person. Per BarryPopik.com, The saying was coined by Alabama-born alcoholic-turned-Methodist-evangelist Samuel Porter Jones.

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Subtlety can be a piercing sword through someone's heart.

In a world where actions are as premeditated and contrived as ever, Derrick Rose walked onto the basketball court inside the United Center and prepared for warmups like any other game. The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors were fighting for primetime supremacy on a Saturday night where college football's playoff fate was being determined before our very eyes. Yet, with one veiled swoop, D-Rose stole our collective attention with one black t-shirt with three words on it.

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This article isn't about determining who is right or wrong in the case of Eric Garner, or Michael Brown, or Oscar Grant or anyone else who's been afflicted harshly by a municipality's police department. No, this is only about a man on a pedestal letting the world know that he has empathy for grieving group of people. For many, seeing Rose don the black tee was awesome, as having a superstar actually take a stand these days is refreshing to many. For others, well...a hit dog will holler.


Seeing respected journalists in Chicago use insensitive verbage or immediately question Rose as to how and why he's positioned himself in such a fashion is, frankly, sad. This is the new reality of life in 2014 and beyond, as social media will quickly remind you that when someone takes a stand on something, there will be many who will voice their opinion in opposition of said belief.

A hit dog will indeed holler.

"They have to get involved socially. They have to because it affects them, too. And it affects their families. They grew up in these situations; they must not forget that. They [were] once poor, they went to inner-city schools that didn't have technology or computers, they didn't have good books. See, I went through that whole situation. They went through that as well. A lot of their cousins are still going through that, so they must not forget that. I hope that they would do more." -- Magic Johnson

If Magic's words ring true, and players like Rose and LeBron James continue to use their pedestal to take a stand on issues, then there will be more hit dogs. Who knows, maybe if folks start hollering, more people will start paying attention.

11 Replies to “Derrick Rose Is The Man”

  1. Really? These spoiled rotten athletes just want more attn., for
    themselves obviously! BTW, try talking when you can't breathe guys, it's
    impossible most say.

  2. The problem is a culture that disrespects authority. It is not a racial issue.
    If you resist police, continually break the law, you will suffer consequences.
    I have a real problem with public figures supporting law breakers. Maybe if
    D Rose and others would stand up for the law and law abiding citizens,
    The culture might change. I say yes sir and no sir when stopped by the police
    Includes a marijuana incident. Never been beaten yet.

    1. MY OPINION: WHITE FOLK DISRESPECT POLICE ALL THE TIME & BREAKS THE LAW AS MUCH. The numbers don't add up from the prison cell population, victims of police brutality, and you AMERIKKKA BACKBONE HISTORY. COME ON MANNNN!!!!

  3. Is this really the new reality of 2014? Would you be writing the same thing if a player came out with a t-shirt reading "I support Off Wilson"? Not a chance in hell. Pick any phrase that doesn't align with the PC narrative. You would be the first to be offended. The REALITY is that you want free speech only on your own terms. How 'bout we just keep the divisive politics away from the court.

    1. We all tend to like free speech when that message aligns with our own personal beliefs so to answer your questions, no, I wouldn't like if an athlete wore an "I SUPPORT WILSON" tee shirt. But that wouldn't change the fact that A) said player has the right to speak his/her mind and B) so does D.Rose. As for keeping divisive politics away from the court, I can see your point. Just let the game be the game, right? My question is (if we did the wholesale "if it's not about the game, don't talk about it" policy) would that include those "God Bless America", post 9/11 displays as well or just phrases like "I Can't Breathe" that speak on social issues?

      1. No, it would not include "God Bless America", post 9/11 displays, nor would it include social issues that that aren't clearly divisive. There is a fine line somewhere that is arguable, but Rose's t-shirt doesn't come close. Rose can express his free speech all over the place, but not at his place of employment.

        My point though, was not whether an ""I SUPPORT WILSON" tee shirt would bother you, or whether said player had a right to wear the shirt, it was about what the repercussions that would fall upon said player. He would be crucified. I'm pretty confident that the writer of the article would have a much different take on the issue. Personally, I admit that I would be happy to see it happen, but I would have a hard time defending it. And let me add that if a player had worn such a t-shirt prior to the NFL and NBA players did their thing, I would have damned that player. It would be a provocative action that has no place at a sporting event.
        A key thing here is that sports are entertainment. The players are paid millions to entertain us. We pay good money to enjoy an athletic event and whatever else happens there that makes for a good experience.
        Regardless if a very small minority might be offended or otherwise bothered by a respectful rendition of God Bless America, an F-14 flyover, a moment of silence for victims of terrorism, or even a tacky wrestling match between mascots, these are all things that tend to bind us together rather than tear us apart.

        1. I am trying to figure out how does the I can't breathe t-shirt tear people apart. Not once have I seen people take violent action towards another being whether it was race or the police. When this all comes down to it yes we all have freedom of speech but it the platform that they use that brings more awareness to these situations. I am shocked it has taken this long for people to start voicing an opinion on anything because the police has been doing this for years. It not race it's more people let the power given to them go to their head when they pushed the pregnant lady to the ground that was horrible. Now people are being killed and they get off without any repercussion. What I have seen are protest by one race because they take it as something happening in their community but it is in all communities. That is to say if I am a cop and I shot your son down and they say not enough evidence are you fine with that if it keeps happening to people should no one speak up. Everyone will have their opinions on things in the world but an injustice is an injustice no matter how you spin it and people should take a stand against this before it gets worse.

          1. RS, as to the t-shirt being worn by athletes in sport venues, it surely does break people apart. I don't mean that literally., by the way. Just check out the comments section of yahoo, Huffington, Google, etc, or watch the news programs on both sides of the political fence. And yes, this is about the platform being used to exercise their LEGAL freedom of speech. I'm not arguing the legality of their use of speech. Rose could legally wear an "I love Hitler" shirt on the floor. Too many people have a bad habit of misinterpreting our Constitutional protection of free speech.They seem to have the misguided belief that their sacred right to say just about anything excuses them not only from criminal charges, but also from any societal repercussions. Apples and oranges.

            As to your comments, I really take issue with you apparently implying that Brown was murdered, more so that cops are rampantly gunning down innocent people or pushing down pregnant ladies in all communities. There are over 780,000 sworn police officers in the United States. They deal with hundreds of thousands of dangerous interactions every year. 426 people were killed by police in 2012. 320 in 2013.120 police officers died in the line of duty in 2012. In 2013, there were 6261 black homicide victims in the U.S. The killers of those black homicide victims were overwhelmingly other blacks. Over 42% of the 544 officers murdered between 2000 and 2009 were killed by blacks. Blacks comprise 13% of the population. Lots of numbers, but connect the dots.

            The real problem that is getting worse is blacks killing blacks.

            As to Brown being murdered by Wilson, I would posit that the victim of injustice is Officer Wilson. If you look at the facts of the case with an open mind, you should come to the same conclusion as did the grand jury, no matter how you spin it. Due to lies cast about his actions, he will never be able to work as a police officer again. He has a bounty on his head, put there by low-life "seekers of iustice," All too many otherwise good people have been taken in by the hype and the lies. I'm sure there are many people out there who feel it is justice to put a good man on trial simply because they want to assuage the anger. You know, sacrifice the cop for the greater good. That is the reality of today.

  4. Color was not in my statement. There are many young people of all colors who show little respect for authority. If you leave race out of your thought process and do some research, you will find that about 64% of police shootings involve whites to 32% blacks. The black population is smaller, so it seems distorted. I feel for both sides, but disrespecting authority is going to go bad everytime.

  5. Does anyone remember Detective Melvin Santiago? He was a Jersey City police officer who was shot to death just a month ago, on July 13, 2014.

    Santiago was white. His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black.Does

    anyone recall Obama appearing before national television and calling for justice for Officer Santiagos family? Does anyone recall Eric Holder rushing to Jersey City to see that justice was done?

    Where were Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

    How about Officer Jeffrey Westerfield? He was a Gary, Indiana police officer who was shot to death on July 6, 2014. Officer Westerfield

    was white, his killer, Carl LeEllis Blount, Jr., was black.

    Officer Perry Renn was an Indianapolis, Indiana police officer who was shot to death July 5, 2014, the day before Officer Westerfield was killed. Officer Renn was white. His killer, Major Davis, was black.

    Vermillion Parish Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares was gunned down by two men June 23, 2014, in Louisiana. Deputy Bares was white. His two killers, Quintlan Richard and Baylon Taylor were black.

    Detective Charles Dinwiddie of the Killen, Texas Police Department was murdered on May 11, 2014, by Marvin Lewis Guy, a black male. Officer Dinwiddie was white. Do you recall seeing anything about that on the news? Certainly, the white citizens of Killeen didn't take to the streets to loot and burn businesses.

    Then, there is Officer Kevin Jordan of Griffin, Georgia Police

    Department. He was gunned down on May 31, 2014. OfficerJordan was black, his killer, Michael Bowman was white. This was a white man murdering a black police officer. Was there looting and burning on the streets of Griffin, Georgia? No, in fact, we don't recall hearing about this one in the news as well. Why? You can draw your own conclusions.

    In less than 60 days, there were five reported deaths of police

    officers by gunshot in the U.S. Of those, four were white officers

    who were murdered by black men. Blacks complain that white officers treat black men more aggressively on the street. You can draw your own conclusions on that one, as well.

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