Homeboy Sandman: Black People Are Cowards

blame it on Shake April 28, 2014

In light of all this madness with the Clippers organization and their owner Donald Sterling’s racist ass, Homeboy Sandman decided to pen a lengthy response that is sure to ruffle (more than) a few feathers. Enter: Black People Are Cowards.

In light of the recent decision by a professional basketball team, comprised of mostly black players, to respond to their boss basically saying “I hate n*ggers” by turning their shirts inside out the next day at work, I have come to the decision that I agree wholeheartedly with the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and I too do not want black people invited to my events.

Yes, the above quote is the intro. Just the intro. From there, the Stones Throw emcee proceeds to encourage people to not only boycott basketball games, but to also skip out on work, avoid nightclubs and and pretty much everything else until something is done.

It’s almost as if people have forgotten that struggle includes struggling. You might have to lose your job. You might have to lose your life. That’s what it takes for change to happen. There’s no easy way to do this. If you’re scared to stand up for yourself, for whatever reason, all I ask is that you stop pretending. Stop with the Facebook posts. Stop with the meaningless conversations. Just stop. Be honest. About how you behave. About your part in all this madness. About what you are. A coward. Just a coward. No need to put on an act for the rest of us. We can all see right through each other.

We’re going to have to step it up.

If you’re down to step it up, let’s step it up. Let’s boycott. Boycott was the foundation of the Civil Rights movement. Do you believe that a cable network exists solely to manipulate the perception of black people? Stop watching it. Don’t put up a post one day praising the episode of Boondocks that never aired and then spend the next day tweeting the entire BET awards. That doesn’t make any sense.

Let’s step it up. If every NBA player who wanted to stand up against racism vowed not to play until the Clippers’ owner resigned, it would be announced that he resigned before you were finished reading this. If he didn’t want to, someone would make him. If we boycotted every night spot that spins music about how much we love killing each other and taking and selling drugs, every single one of them would have new DJs by next week (don’t even get me started on these new DJs. The new drug dealers. Admitting that they know what they’re giving people is bad for them but caring more about getting paid). I went to DJ Spinna’s Michael Jackson/Prince party at SRBs last night and there was more dancing and mirth and free love in that place than every hip hop party in NYC in the last 10 years put together. So when people tell you that we need ratchet nonsense to dance, they’re gaming you. Don’t be so gullible. Don’t act like black people only found out how to have fun when we lost our connection to our own human decency.

Let’s step it up and not buy magazines pushing music designed to glamorize a lifestyle certain to land our youth in prison.

Let’s step it up and take off from work and stay home with our kids until these preposterous tenure rules are revoked from public schools and it’s the kids that can’t be fired, not the teachers.

Let’s step it and use social media to rally each other. Everybody knew about that woman who fired a warning shot and got 20 years (I hear she’s been released now. No thanks to us). Everybody knows about that woman who got however many years for leaving her child in the car while she went to a job interview. Every single week all over Facebook there’s a new video of someone catching a beating as bad as the one Rodney King caught, but I never see a post that says, “Share this if you’ll go on strike from work until these police officers are fired.” “Share this if you’ll strike until this woman is released.” “Share this if you won’t spend a single dollar until Troy Davis is released from death row and granted a new trial.” Can you imagine the impact that that would have? Everybody is always trying to act there’s no solutions. There are plenty of solutions. We’re just too cowardly to implement them. Worried about this discomfort or that discomfort, great or small, that might take place as a result. Having to find a new place to party. Or a new show to watch. Isn’t the discomfort of oppression enough? There’s plenty of solutions, just no easy ones, but if we can shift to courage instead of cowardice, there’s more than enough solutions to guarantee our success. Guarantee. Next time you’re complaining about how this country was built on us, take a second to think about the fact that it still is. If we want to, we can shut this whole place down.

Oh, there’s plenty more. If you’d like to read the entire piece, head over to Gawker.

  • I run Zamunda!

    Fuck the owner but the guys on that team are not trying to throw away their hard work…

    • They might as well, Steph Curry boutta shit on them niggas.

    • Advance*

      Exactly. It’d only make sense to take it this far if the league comes out and says they’re not going to force Sterling to sell the team. It’d be pointless to boycott/strike to achieve a result that will probably be achieved anyway. Give them some time to work it out first.

      And people not going into work as protest isn’t going to do anything but hurt them and their families. It’s easy to sit down and write out these solutions but you still have to live in reality.

      • Change doesn’t come without without getting hurt.
        You have to struggle for progress.

        • marty mcfly

          So black people “might have to lose their jobs” because of some racists comments? Thats what Sandman is suggesting in the first sentence of the 2nd paragraph. I dont think black people adding more struggle to their individual plates is gonna help fight against the struggle. Maybe working harder or SMARTER at whatever it is you do would be a better solution but blacks just deciding not to show up to work one day is only gonna make their own lives harder. I get what he was trying to say but the method would be regressive not progressive. Boycotting these billion dollar corporations is one thing but maybe supporting your local black owned business would be far more productive for black people.

          • bryant lawrence

            But look at black wall street. We wasnt really bout that life when they started dropping bombs like flex. We have been taught subconciously to heel and beg. Provocative convo bruh

          • marty mcfly

            And now we know better correct? Ok then. I mean how many examples of successful black people do we need? To prove we can create our own circumstances. We are the smallest group and we have more black celebrities then everybody and our spending power is strong as fuck and yet we’re the poorest and are money leaves the community the fastest. Our influence over culture is that of unparalleled potential, we face thee most oppression and yet still come out fresh as hell, cool as a fan and still we looking for reasons to not to better. Just make the decision to do so and it will be done. There should be a black wall street in every city and if that was so you’d see the whole culture of america change and we’d better treated like the kings and queens of the planet earth.

          • bryant lawrence

            Mandela showed the way

          • BigDaddy_T

            you are the reason this post was created, scared to lose what you have, so you’ll rather live on your knees.

          • padawan_killah
          • marty mcfly

            This white man does not have the authority to speak for black people and tell them what to do. Why do the Clippers have to do anything? This is not there fault. Attack Sterling’s mouth not the Clippers. Their job is to play basketball and thats what they should do. Acting as if the players must sacrifice anything over comments they did not say dont make sense cause Sterling’s racist comments is not their responsibility.

          • padawan_killah

            stfu and watch 3:10 onward

          • marty mcfly

            Yeah that history lesson is great but if players are supposed to use “moral force” every time a racial comment is made, we will have no sports anymore. It is not up to players or black people in general to take action or responsibility for racists comments they did not make. As an adult its up to the person making comments to know how to watch his mouth. Sterling is an adult therefore it is up to HIM and nobody else to take responsibility for his own words.

    • If ALL the NBA players went on strike right now Sterling would be forced to sell the team by the NBA within a couple days. If only a couple of players or one team would go on strike they’d be in trouble but if all of them did it together I’m sure none of the players would lose their job.

  • Flávio Oliveira

    this nigga know what is up

  • marty mcfly

    I dont think black people are cowards. I think the comments made by Donald Sterling were appalling and very disrespectful to the league and the Clippers. I think calling black people cowards based on you having a problem with whatever kinda reaction people had after the racial comments were made, is cowardly. Homeboy Sandman says he doesn’t want black people at his events? OK then I think black people should oblige by not supporting an music that comes from an artist that feels black people are cowards. There are many black people who are not cowards and have never been cowards a day in their life so I feel saying “Black people are cowards” is also appalling and very disrespectful. Boycotting was a very effective action for the civil rights movement but those black people did not say “Black People Are Cowards” when racial comments was made against them. Homebody Sandman addresses a whole bunch of issues but he dont really address that the comments made by Sterling are not acceptable and should have no place in the NBA. Dont target your anger at black people for comments we didnt even make. Go to the source of those comments and that would be the racist mouth of Donald Sterling.

    • please, black people don’t buy music anyway.

      • marty mcfly

        Ok well there are other things going on in the world besides the number of albums sold. I buy music so you cant just speak for what black people do cause thats your opinion. If black people wanna buy other things besides music, thats fine by me cause honestly black people create the music, at least in hip hop so if they not buying it they still did their part.

      • marty mcfly

        One question I would like to ask black people though is all these products that say “Made In China” or “made in wherever etc…” Why dont we as black people make and control the market on some of these things? The solution could be right there… The difference is other corporations and industry systems will purposely work against us to either keep us out or damage our businesses. YES I know but hey the struggle is nothing new for us and instead of trying to fight it, maybe trying to control the parts of it we can take responsibility for would be more helpful.

        • marty mcfly

          Calling black people cowards or writing cowards over a pic of the Clippers showing solidarity with black people isnt gonna help nobody.

        • bryant lawrence

          Becuase we have been sold ego and pride and thus become oppertonists instead of practicing group economics (outside tha church anyway) with our people of color including mixed heritage folk. Build or destroy is the scheme hotep!

          • marty mcfly

            Well we should have pride (in the positive sense) my thing is there is always an excuse for why we cant do this and cant do that. Ok stop the excuses and just do period and see where that gets you. People told Obama hold up, its no way in hell people are gonna vote for you…. He won twice. Stop the excuses and just do. We dont ALL have to work together, we just need a few people with common sense to become the heads of some of these markets and stores and business in the community and that in itself will start to positively change things.

          • bryant lawrence

            I agree but zombies like wayne and chief keef and their fans aint tryna hear that. And why do work with others when Jesus will doit for me…my point is you must “emancipate YOURSELF from mental slavery, non but ourselfs can free our own minds”-Garvey ( and later bob marley) freedom is a state of mind we still dont have yet.

          • marty mcfly

            Yeah but black people are not Chief Keefs and lil Wayne’s responsibility. If Jesus will do work for you then fine. The first thing black people must do is stop talking about your selves as being slaves. Why do you believe your a slave? Cause Kanye said you are? You think you have a master? Really? Are YOU not the supreme master of yourself? Then how can you be a slave? and stop saying the word “cant” and stop putting up these mental blocks that makes excuses for yourself and black people. You said down there that we need knowledge of self? Now I know what you mean but I wont even go that far. Id say black can do ANYTHING they want at anytime and there is nothing that can hold us or back or stop us. Simply make the decision to move forward and stick with it period. That is all

          • bryant lawrence

            Agreed but thats the problem we are not the smallest group and we are not minorities (which means losing group) and there is no “race” except the instigated compitition over money that keeps this colored world divided. “When divided you dont kno the difference of self” we must move agreed, but in harmony “this time the revolution will not be telavised”

          • marty mcfly

            Well I dont know who the smallest group is but I dont think black people are one of the largest and if minorities mean losing group? Id say black people aint exactly winning as a whole. There is a race and thats not black peoples fault. We were brought here, we built america physically but blacks did not establish its government and when it was established whites called us negro so therefore they established a racial group and placed us in a position of the social underclass so when I speak on blacks as a race of people, thats under the conditions of a country in which we did not ask to be in. I think we are divided and I think black people are on our own. We have no allies or friends within the society expect our own because when things are cool its cool, if shit hits the fan? Other races I highly doubt are gonna have our backs in any capacity. I can not think of anything that black people have gotten that we have not earned and I can not think of anytime in history where people across the board moved in harmony. Even among blacks in the civil rights we were divided. You had the Martin King black folks and the Nation of Islam black folks and the Malcolm X black people and the Panthers…. Common goals but still divided. I think the SMART among us can move forward, the rest will be left behind.

    • padawan_killah

      The most common excuse I’ve heard for today’s cowardice is “they need to feed their families,” which of course is a euphemism for “for the money.” You know, the blacks that sold other blacks into slavery, there’s a good chance they used some of that money to feed their families too. So, that makes them cool with all of y’all? Here’s a question, is there anything that we won’t do for money? Is getting paid an excuse for everything? It’s an excuse for looking the other way when innocent people are killed. It’s an excuse for supporting racism by trying to win a championship for an openly racist owner. With regard to hip hop and media it’s an excuse for purposefully, and most often deceitfully, representing yourself and your culture as pretty much scum who can only be validated by money. Thanks in large part to the exceptional (it’s sad just how exceptional) bravery of Michelle Alexander, (author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness) we live in a society where each day more and more people realize the obvious truth that the goals of the criminal justice system have way more to do with black enslavement than rehabilitation or keeping people safe. Facing the reality of modern slavery, we continue to allow ourselves to be enslaved day after day. (Granted, fear of death is a far cry from fear of lack of wealth, but they’re both fear, the currency of cowardice.) As KRS-One (whose “Sound of Da Police” was actually the theme song for the trailer of that ridiculous movie I referenced earlier, which all but brought a tear to my eye), pointed out on his classic “Black Cop,” many policemen and policewomen are now earning paychecks for gathering up their own brothers and sisters, on charges that perpetually lead to a slap on the wrist for whites but somehow manage to be the first domino in a lifetime of enslavement for blacks. These cops get to use the “feeding my family” line too. We accept it, and go about our day, meek, bullied, and afraid to assert authority against anyone but each other, and amongst each other asserting authority with a ferocity that could only be explained by the rage of hundreds of years of being bullied by everybody else. In New York City, where infiltration and displacement are referenced using the the thinly veiled insult “gentrification” (look up the root word. “Gent.” If we accept and use a term the very definition of which suggests that communities are becoming more noble and graceful, what does that say about the people being pushed out?) natives know better than to display any aggression towards white newcomers, but are as quick as ever to stare down an unfamiliar black face who isn’t from the neighborhood.

      What do you call people who walk quietly to slavery? Who allow themselves to be insulted without standing up for themselves beyond wardrobe adjustments that in reality are nothing but a public show of shame? What do you call people that pretend that these ridiculous gestures actually hold some weight rather than face the fact that we are the laughing stock of the entire planet, and as long there’s the chance that someday maybe we’ll be rich there’s nothing that we’re going to do about it?

      I call us cowards.

      • marty mcfly

        Specifically what tribe who what blacks sold other blacks into slavery? And Sandman is making this statement in general to black people period and yes for blacks not making millions in the NBA, working and feeding their families is important so for an everyday people, is feeding their family an “excuse” for not taking the same position as Sandman? Not everybody makes millions of dollars like players in the NBA so im not gonna advice that everyday people stop working over some racist comments.

        • padawan_killah

          So make a decision between cowardice and courage, and if you choose courage, step it up. Step it up in any of the myriad of ways that are available to us. I’ve named a few. Name a few more. Leave a few suggestions in the comments section. Call up your friends. Tweet. Facebook.

          Then start doing them. If you can’t convince anyone to do them with you, do them on your own. Start right away because we’re running out of time. I hear some states are fining people for sagging their pants. I’d never sag my pants, but if we begin to allow people to be penalized simply for attributes that we’ve allowed to be associated with being black, we’re going to find the water getting even hotter very soon.

          • marty mcfly

            I choose courage but I cant sacrifice myself or my family over this issue, im sorry. I think black people need to help each other out and look after one another but that includes feeding our families and I dont think thats an excuse or somehow a choosing to not step up. The object is to still be alive once you overcome struggles not let it kill you in the process.

          • padawan_killah

            “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” Malcolm X.

          • marty mcfly

            Ok well no I dont wanna die. I know people think by dying you achieved some level of freedom or you did something to help the struggle (no diss to Malcolm) but im tired of black people dying, I wanna black people stay alive at this point.

          • marty mcfly

            I dont think more dead black people is good for us at all. Or telling other black people “you may have to lose your life” is a good thing at all. If you get yourself killed, you only mad your families struggle more difficult so how is that helpful?

          • marty mcfly

            madE… Black people need to do one thing first and thats help yourself and then look out for each other period. No need to run out and get yourself killed, no need to put your livelihood in jeopardy or anything like that. Just do your thing, stay outta trouble and help yourself so you aint gotta go through bullshit. It doesn’t have to be rocket science or revolutionary suicide in order for you to help yourself.

          • padawan_killah

            live on your knees.

          • marty mcfly

            Whatever. Thats another thing to, just cause you wanna live instead die or just cause you see the bigger picture dont mean you a coward or somebody that lives on their knees. Its alot of black people who live respectable lives and they dont live on their knees. Another thing is people like to throw the word “slave” around like they dont fully understand what a “slave” is or what slavery really was for the slaves that really had to live it. Not every black person you see is a “slave” ok. Now you could either catch up or keep talking about how you willing to die? If you that willing to die then do what you gotta do but everybody else aint cowards cause they wanna live.

        • marty mcfly

          what tribe OF blacks or what blacks sold other blacks into slavery… I mean? Is that something you know to be true or did you read that in a history book written by a european author?

    • bryant lawrence

      We arent cowards we just dont have knowlege of self well most of us and now we live in a female driven world so gud luck if u dunno by now..

  • straight up stand for something or ….. ps nobody talks about that black man/woman that he dating she sick …its kinda deep … dude just snitched and im clad he did ……now let a tape roll in the offices of all the big record labels you hear the same …ish he be saying


  • HeruthaGod (Original N-G-R)

    I didn’t even read all of this but from what I’ve read so far he’s right. Like the Last Poets said “Niggas are scared of a revolution”

  • Guest

    All i can say is…

    If was signed to the clippers i wouldnt play another game until that racist was gone

    • biff tannen

      Don’t think that would be fair to the players or their fans. Imho if something like that were to take place it’d have to a league wide thing. Meaning, no playoffs until this issue is resolved. Although that would really suck because this year the playoffs have been better than they have been in many years.

  • Stevie Janowski

    The Intro to 2pacs song Revolution says it all

  • Dalena Tran

    As a society, we are all cowards. We are enslaved by the system in a form of comfort that also revokes human dignity and separates people from uniting. Boycotting can only work if people agree to do it together with enough impact that a corporation would lose a significant amount of money. But the problem with any vice in this society is that we aren’t even on the same page–and if we are, it’s just not that important to us. How are you going to convince a single mother with two minimum wage, full-time jobs to boycott Walmart or McDonalds?

  • MDM213

    “Stop with the Facebook posts. Stop with the meaningless conversations.”

    *posts a blog about it*

  • Lorenzo Middleton

    One thing he’s wrong about is striking. If you go on strike at your job in West Bubblefuck, NY over an incident in FL until something happens, then you’re just a dumb ass who went on strike and didn’t effect a thing. Now for the NBA, that may work in the organization as a whole. It seems a little contradictory to say “stop with the Facebook posts” then say “Share this if you’ll go on strike from work until these police officers are fired.” “Share this if you’ll strike until this woman is released.” “Share this if you won’t spend a single dollar until Troy Davis is released from death row and granted a new trial.”

    That’s playing two fields attempting to make a point which has already been cancelled out. Social media can be used to amplify the voices of those who want change. So why not use it? Yes things only change when people are fully committed. It’s the 21st century…I said earlier today, one of the only things history can teach you is that the same mistakes will be made, only not the same way. This country hasn’t changed, slavery and/or prejudice have not been abolished only concealed then upgraded. Sterling’s views are a distraction from the real problem and only point out a view amongst some (of not many) billionaires. The problem definitely doesn’t stop at an entrepreneurial level as our government has had their hands all over racism and prejudice since government has been established.

    To be honest, the only way to fix it would be a complete overhaul of our goverment. Cease to exist…abolished, overthrown (Yes, I typed that, FBI). Does that fall on “black people” alone? Not in the slightest. So everyone, if anyone should be called cowards on the matter.

    • marty mcfly

      I dont think we would have to overhaul our government because I dont even think thats possible. I think black people should get together and just say hey you know what, each of us are gonna help each other progress. It could be multiple groups of people in every city all over the country. Dont even worry about the government just put all your focus into the people within your group and say ok how can we think of somethings thats gonna make a lives a little bit better and then do that every week. That would have a far better effect then worrying about the government. Dont worry about rich people, politics, the cops, nothing… Simple focus on the group of people in that area. If one has a store and one has a barbershop, one is a basketball coach and one is a teacher and a preacher and a few young people etc…. Just stop right there and work out your economic issues within that group by helping each other and just ignore what goes on in the political world and stay focused. Over time these kinda people will have the resources to be able to do what they wanna do whether the government says its cool or not.

      • Lorenzo Middleton

        That would be good to see. I don’t see any reason why anyone would oppose to doing so. I don’t think you can work in your community without taking our government/politics into consideration. The issue with Sterling is simply a distraction and only a scratch at the surface of how things are in this country. So while you may flourish in a community, you will always be fighting some form of opposition which would rather not see that said group excel. It’s not good ‘business’.

        • marty mcfly

          I hear you

  • bryant lawrence

    We have been sold a pride and ego thats fake. We love money more than power now. Get that money!! When money doesnt allow you to own. Power does. #newslaves our strongest and smartest dance and run still for cotton smh

  • bryant lawrence

    Mandela did it and won so can we. Case and point