Black Personhood Declares Ja Morant to Be Our Idiot Alone
There is no mercy in interpreting Ja Morant’s repeated mistakes. That is the intention of white supremacy.
Morant’s most successful professional rival is Instagram.
For the second time in his career, and for the second time in less than a year, a friend going live on the social media app recorded Morant flashing a handgun. They were cruising in a car blasting NBA Youngboy and acting like young men with money. The car seemed stationary. The seats are a blue that is not standard in any of the GMCs or Hondas or Pontiacs I’ve driven in my life; a luxury vehicle, mayhaps. The phone camera panned over to Ja. He was in the passenger seat, vibin’, arms pumping up and down with the beat. Caught up in the moment and the music, he lifted his left hand to show the gun. His friend, who was both driving and recording, quickly put the camera down. A few moments later, the camera arises again with the crew bouncing and enjoying the music.
Ja Morant is our idiot. White people cannot have him.
The Instagram Live only had 100 viewers at the time. But when you are the star player for the scrappiest NBA team, someone from media is always watching. By the next day, the video was over all over social media apps. Social media segued into journalistic media, and soon nobody was talking about the Memphis Grizzle’s exciting six-game series performance against LeBron and AD. The League responded quickly, indefinitely suspending Morant for a repeat act where nobody was harmed as he exercised his Second Amendment right.
The NBA is a business. It has a right to enforce a code of conduct amongst its players and team owners. Don Sterling, for example, got the boot for his racist comments, as the league rightly believed a man like him could not own the place of employment for Black men. In acts of overt racism from its owners, it has acted sharply. But the league also stands in a unique place…