The Plight of the Rich Black Man
With the odds stacked against them, through segregation, discrimination, and a general disrespect for black men in this country, many have survived and made a successful living in America. Some black guys have reached super stardom and became very very rich. But where there is a rich black man, there is usually a group of white men who figure out a way to make the rich black man suffer for becoming so god damned rich.
(I had made a list of the top 10 examples of this and was going to comment, but now I realize Mike Tyson is just too easy....)
#10-- Mike Tyson
#9-- Suge Knight
#8-- Ray Lewis
#7-- James Brown
#6-- Puff Daddy
#5-- Snoop Doggy Dogg
#4-- Kobe Bryant
#3-- R. Kelly
#2-- OJ Simpson
#1-- Michael Jackson (audio1) (audio2)
When the name Mike Tyson is ever dropped, the first thing i do is laugh, snicker a little. I mean, I feel like most of America is with me that Mike Tyson is a fucking joke. But lets put that aside for one second... my first memory of the name Mike Tyson came from a Nintendo game. Glass joe, king hippo, Don Flamenco, and other such characters were on a long path to Mike Tyson, the cartoon wonderboy-fighter that could knock you down in a single shot. This guy was a badass and that stuck in my mind.
Flash forward to Feb 1988: Mike Tyson weds actress Robin Givens in New York. God damn! that is the hot girl, ya know, the one from whats that movie called? Who cares... point is Mike Tyson beat the shit out of this chick on several occasions, enough for her to file for divorce and peace out. If Mike Tyson can knock Little Joe down with one punch, imagine a hot model actress with a tiny little frame. Damn, thass fuddup. ps--this was 4 months into the marriage.
All of a sudden, no more Mikey. No one knew where he went, but Duck Tales and Final Fantasy II were coming out and no one bothered to ask. Then again, 3 years later, out of nowhere:
18 Jul 1991 In his hotel room, boxer Mike Tyson rapes Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. Damn man, is wayne brady gonna have to choke a bitch? what the hell is wrong with you dude? Hitting and raping are not cool, even if you talk like a little bitch, byatch.
From there it is just a downward spiral. 6 years of prison, served 3. Bit a man's ear off. motorcycle crash. bar fight. arrest. knocks out a ref.
2002 speech: (note to media, dont give Tyson a mic, ever. ever ever.)
"I'm just like you. I enjoy the forbidden fruits in life, too. I think it's un-American not to go out with a woman, not to be with a beautiful woman, not to get my dick sucked ... It's just what I said before, everybody in this country is a big fucking liar...."
2003: Files for bankruptcy.
Damn the man, Damn the man.