Social Issues

Bomani Jones and “The Shirt”

Here at CiTLR, all of our contributors have different views from one another, that’s what makes us so great!

This morning, ESPN talent Bomani Jones spent his morning co-hosting ESPN’s Mike & Mike in place of Mike Golic.

Now this wouldn’t be a big deal normally, different personalities on the network take over hosting responsibilities at times on all of their radio programs.

Mike and Mike is also simulcasted on ESPN2 in the mornings. So Bomani used this platform to wear a t-shirt that while being clever, would also fire up the internet. A shirt depicting a white man in place of the Cleveland Indians mascot stating “CAUCASIANS” along with the cheesy kool-aid smile and a dollar sign instead of feathers for the added effect.

So, a couple of this site’s contributors, “Smitty The Brawler”, DJ T-Why, Mike Madison and I had a quick discussion about this topic and here is the running diary of it (excuse the typos and profanities).

DJ T-Why
Bomani Jones’ “Caucasions” shirt is trending.

Michael Madison
Rattling cages
LOL

Smitty The Brawler
Gone duck his money up trying be a “revolutionary ”
Just be a sports maven, man.

Dion Johnson
i saw that this morning and instantly googled the shirt lol
that company’s website is gonna crash today

Ty
http://www.shelflifeclothing.com/shirtpages/caucasians.html

Smitty
The “Niggers” shirts gone pop off. Then what?

Ty
That shirt is awesome, fuck that.

Smitty
THAT’S racist tho. Right?

Ty
How so?

Michael Madison
No racist than Cleveland Indians or Redskins. Knowing him, I think that’s his point.

Ty
Only if the Indians as a mascot is racist…but it’s not, right?

Smitty
All points ain’t worth making.

Dion Johnson
Caucasian isnt a racist term tho

Smitty
If you’re farrakan, go for it. He’s a sports talking head. Cruise your lane.

Dion Johnson
its like wearing an “African Americans” shirt
lol

Smitty
If you wanna be huey p newton, that’s fine.
But choose.

Dion Johnson
so one has to be one thing?

Michael Madison
He’s definitely gonna get some run off this

Dion Johnson
its just a shirt…but the shirt got people talking…and thats probably the point

Michael Madison
Yep

Smitty
He’s fishing for exactly this

Dion Johnson
he isnt dumb…he’s calculated

Smitty
Attention grabbing

Dion Johnson
smart for him to do it….and the biggest irony IS

Smitty
Cool for his brand.

Dion Johnson
Mike Golic is from Cleveland

Smitty
Until he’s blackballed.

Ty
He was sitting in for Golic lol

Dion Johnson
exactly Ty lol
i pinned it off the break and laughed my ass off

Ty
I don’t see the problem with it.

Dion Johnson
I dont either…”its just a shirt”
I mean…im a redskins fan
how the fuck can ANY of US talk

Michael Madison
LOL
I see both sides. No problem with it but whites get rattled quick when they’re having a mirror put in their faces

Smitty
Yall know damn well you’d be beefing over a white wearing a “the blacks” shirt with the nappy hair.

Dion Johnson
but no ones doing that

Michael Madison
If he DOES get suspended, it’ll be for the backlash and not the act itself.

Dion Johnson
we talkin about THIS shirt…and THIS issue
bout time THEY get their feathers ruffled for a change
its ALWAYS two sides to shit
let them feel it (pause)

Smitty
I just don’t get why he fishes for being the black social issue guy. Instead of just being what he gets paid for.

Ty
Why not?

Dion Johnson
thing is with your statement Smit….
there ISNT a guy worth a shit that has a lane for us to talk about or bring about some sort of dialogue

Smitty
They obviously can’t suspend him

Dion Johnson
so someone “has” to bring issues to light
and this time..he aint even mentioning anything bout being black
cuz the racism is towards NATIVE AMERICANS
we actually out of this beef for a change lol
who should be a “spokesman” then Smit?

Michael Madison
All of me appreciates his voice. It’s one of the smartest voices we have in sports. But I do worry if he’s going too far out on that limb. I mean, he serves us better if he’s actually on the air.

Dion Johnson
since no one can do more than one thing lol

Smitty
It doesn’t bother me either way. I’m indifferent to it. My main argument is why is he trying so hard to be THAT guy.

Dion Johnson
i dont see it as him trying “hard”

Michael Madison
I don’t think he’s trying hard. He’s always been that guy.

Dion Johnson
before he was on TV…he was a columnist that wrote about stuff like this all the time
on Page 2

Michael Madison
That’s why he and LeBatard gel so well. They’re both anarchists

Ty 
He’s pointing out something that blatantly racist, and he has a voice. Who else should do it?

Dion Johnson
BUT…no one reads…..kanyeshrug
he just has a bigger platform NOW to call out foolery and bullshit
and i totally applaud him for it
cuz the Redskin name is bullshit
and IM A FAN

Smitty
Met honestly, there’s nothing going he could ever do or say that you’d disagree with. Once you label guys with the aforementioned adjectives you just used, they are bulletproof flto you.

Michael Madison
Now I gotta download Mike & Mike LOL

Dion Johnson
they did talk about it
didnt*
he was just wearing a shirt

Michael Madison
I don’t agree w/ Bomani on everything. Especially rap.

Dion Johnson
its an issue cuz Twitter went off

Michael Madison
Nigga thinks Bombs Over Baghdad is the best rap song ever and Life After Death is overrated.
So yeah, we don’t agree on everything
LOL

Dion Johnson
well LAD is overrated

Smitty
Kudos to him pulling it off. It was calculated and worked to perfection. Nigga is the topic of the day. Profile raised a notch.

Dion Johnson
like Smit…i hear what you sayin right…i DO
but…it aint many of us on TV as it is
and EVERY TIME its some issue…those guys whether it be Chris Rock at the oscars….gotta “say something”

Smitty
And best song ever is the ultimate unarguable topic.

Dion Johnson
he’s one of like 5/6 niggas people actually respect on TV

Michael Madison
Life After overrated? Shut up nigga.

Dion Johnson
tell him to shut up…not me
i dont have a voice
lol

Michael Madison
LOL

Smitty
Courageous dude indeed. In his shoes, I’d definitely be worried about my career to pull that off.
So you don’t skip any tracks on LAD, Met?

Dion Johnson
any album with I Love The Dough on it is overrated

Ty
lol

Smitty
Haaaaaa!

So there you have it.

Unsolicited, unfiltered talk about Bomani Jones, the shirt, being an activist, and letting Mike Madison know that Biggie’s “Life After Death” album is kinda overrated.

Job well done on all accounts.

 

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