I’m married to a man who’s absolutely obsessed with sports. We rarely watch TV together because he is content to watch ESPN around the clock. Sunday morning was one of those rare times we were watching TV together. He was tuned into some show recapping the Bengals vs Steelers playoff game. I was barely watching or listening when I heard, “Assistant Coach Mike Munchak pulled Reggie Nelson’s hair!”
I snatched the remote to rewind because I was sure I hadn’t heard what I thought I heard. I watched this white man — an assistant coach — grab the locs of a black player. I had to replay the clip fourtimes. That scene was a virtual commercial for white supremacy. The symbolism, dehumanization and racist arrogance of the incident made me realize that black men are often overlooked in conversations about discrimination against black hair.
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