Men and Their Sports Gods

Welcome to the Corner Store.  It’s been a while since we rapped.  Let’s get right to it.  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.  #80’s legacy was called into question about 3 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 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.  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.  Michelangelo’s Jesus.  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 Jesus.  Some of them even have a hair relaxer.

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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 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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One thought on “Men and Their Sports Gods

  1. Totally agree. The great White hope is always appealing to his people. Especially in an arena dominated by another ethnicity

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