By Harold Bell
Dave Kane is a native Washingtonian and friend who now lives in Arizona. He recently e-mailed me a story written in the Washington Post related to a Washington-Jocks-Hall-of-Fame and its new inductees (see link below). Dave and I are not scared to discuss racism in America and that is why I trust and value his opinion on many different levels. We don’t always agree and I find that a healthy state of mind for any enduring friendship. But we recently agreed there are some white folks who don’t know when they are being racist—meet Charlie Brotman and his partner, snake oil salesman, Andy Ockanhuser. These two sponsored a joint venture several years ago and called it “The Washington Jocks Hall of Fame” and to cover their asses they wrote in disappearing ink ‘No Blacks Allowed.’ Let me make one thing perfectly clear that white folks don’t have a patent on racism in America, there are some blacks that could give them a 101 Lesson in Racism as it relates to other blacks. I can see the Race Card clearly on both fronts because I am black. You would have to have walked in another black man’s shoes to recognized over 400 years of racism and why they find it difficult to “Just Get Over It” as some whites and blacks have have exclaimed in frustration. If you read Page One in the Washington Post on Sunday April 19, 2015 you would understand, why some of us both black and white cannot ‘Just Get Over It.’
After I read the story I could not understand the reasons why the hall had been established, but my buddy Dave hinted he knew exactly why.
“I am pretty sure it’s all White guys and some Jewish guys, not sure why. They are more like reunions for older White guys. I only heard of it recently.”
This was my response to his diplomatic assessment:
Not sure why?
You can bet if Charlie Brotman and Andy Ockanhuser are the organizers, the Race Card is on the table and it is being played in spades with the joker wild. In 2015, are the DC Jocks Hall Fame telling us there were no outstanding black athletes playing football, baseball or basketball in the 50s? Three of the greatest all-around athletes, black or white were Gary Mays, Willie Wood and Maury Wills bar none. Each one played in the 50s! By the way Washington Post sports columnist Dan Stienberg is dangerous with a pen and pencil in his hand. This group of bigots would never have passed the smell test with the legendary Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich (author of No Cheering in the Press Box). This book should be made required reading for all sports columnist especially those at the Washington Post.
Let’s keep it real, the KKK and their siblings are alive and well. They are on the rise again, they are no longer wearing robes and hoods. They are now wearing cop uniforms and hiding behind a Code of Silence and wearing three piece suits and establishing their own hall of fame. The cops are killing black men across America (see Sunday’s Page 1 story in the Washington Post) and getting away with it. In 2007 Mike Tyson’s last fight here in DC at the Verizon Center I asked Charlie Brotman’s partner with Brotman’s & Associates how they could take black money but hire only whites? His partner whose name escapes me said, “Harold we have hired black people before, but she quit.”
To really understand why the likes of Brotman can get away with this kind of economic racism you have to look no further then, Don King, Butch Lewis, Sugar Ray Leonard, Rock Newman, Bernard Hopkins, and the list goes on and on (a story for another time).
In the meantime, Charlie and Andy have decided to help turn back the clock to the 30s, 40s & 50s by creating their own “Whites Only” hall of fame.
If this is “The Race Card”, two can play it. And anyone who supports these two idiots and their plantation mentality, evidently, have problems of their own.
Dave Harris is seen in photo with hall of fame inductee Dan Droze. Dave was an All-Met in football and track. He caught the winning touchdown pass from Droze in the first integrated High School All-Star Game against undefeated St. Johns. Dave played both offense and defense in the game.
Harold Bell is the Godfather of Sports Talk radio and television in Washington, DC. Throughout the mid-sixties, seventies and eighties, Harold embarked upon a relatively new medium–sports talk radio with classic interviews with athletes and sports celebrities. The show and format became wildly popular. Harold has been an active force fighting for the rights of children for over 40 years with the help of his wife through their charity Kids In Trouble, Inc. To learn more about Harold Bell visit his official web site The Original Inside Sports.com.