Thursday, March 19, 2015

MEN AND THEIR SPORTS GODS - DAVID SHA - 3/19/2015

"Sport God" J.J. Watt

MEN AND THEIR SPORTS GODS
Written by: David Sha
Date posted: 3/19/2015

The Houston Texans recently released their all-time leader in the major receiving statistics, Andre Johnson. This made me think about his legacy in Houston sports history.  Number 80’s legacy was called into question about three months before his release was made official.   Really, it wasn’t even about him, the conversation was about his all world teammate, JJ Watt

The question was, is JJ Watt the most beloved Texan, and how long before he becomes the most beloved figure in Houston sports history?  I was thinking that he hasn’t even surpassed Dre in career accomplishments, so how in the hell can he be put in the same breath as Hakeem Olajuwon?  

I had to question why was his star is being pushed so hard?  My answer was simple. The white dominated sports media in Houston wants a white face to worship.  

I am not insinuating racism in this case.  Before the sparks start flying, let me explain myself.

Athletes are modern day gods in today’s society.
  
Many of the Gods of the world’s myths that we know about today were based on real people that made such an impression that later generations deified them.  The same thing is true of our favorite jocks.  In saying that, human nature makes most people create their Gods in their image, instead of the other way around like the Abrahamic faiths teach.
  
I believe that this is due to the fact that people can relate to images that remind them of their culture.

"Sport God" Tim Tebow

The first example that came to my mind was how the Buddha, who was born in India with kinky hair, became a fat bald Chinese man? Buddhism spread from India to East Asia(China, Japan, etc.) and the image of the figurehead changed to fit the image that represented the people of the region.  

The same thing happened to the image of Jesus. Early paintings of Jesus show him and his mother as darker people.  The Bible describes him as a brown skinned man with woolly hair. History, and geography prove that the ancient Hebrews were a darker people.  So why has Jesus been presented to us as a white man? It’s because the Jesus we see is the Jesus of Europe.  

America is a European colony and so the image of God reflects the European culture over here.  In many African-American homes there are pictures of a Black JesusSome of them even have a hair relaxer.

"Black Jesus"

Ancient Egyptians are often depicted as white.  This pic of Liz Taylor could be historically accurate since Cleopatra was of Macedonian origin and reigned during the Ptolemy era, but I see the Egyptians painted as white more often than not.  I looked on Israelite.net and saw this quote:

“Herodotus, an ancient historian, described exactly what the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews looked like, which he witnessed with his own eyes. Herodotus, who visited Egypt about 457 BC, says in Book II:
[The Nubians, the Egyptians, and the Ethiopians have broad noses, thick lips, woolly hair, and they are burnt of skin.]”

As you can see, this is a common practice among human populations throughout history.  I believe that this is what motivated the modern sports media in Houston to be so eager to place a young star, who is quite possibly on his way to all-time greatness, but hasn’t won anything, above a black man like Olajuwon who has achieved all-time greatness and brought championships to our city.  

Like I said, I don’t think that it’s racially motivated in the common sense, but more so subconsciously culturally motivated.



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1 comment:

Steve said...

Agree with everything except with how the media elevates Watt above Olajuwon. I've heard them say at most that Watt is on the right track but he hasn't passed Olajuwon. In fact, they all say Watt hasn't even passed Andre in accomplishments. Yes, Watt is helped by his skin color and good looks, but he's also outgoing and well spoken. I mean, it seems like he's in every commercial in Htown. Whereas, you can barely hear what Andre is saying and Hakeem had his accent working against him. Personally, the fans adoration of Watt is nauseating, but honestly it's because most of it is from females so there's jealousy on my part. Oh well.....