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Black Vs. White: The Double Standard Amongst Celebrities (2201 hits)

By Todd A. Smith
In the summer of 2003, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was America’s public enemy number one. He had been accused of a raping a 19-year-old hotel worker in Eagle, Colo. and before any details of the case had emerged; people had already taken sides, usually along racial lines.

Bryant encountered jeers from crowds in opposing arenas throughout the 2003-04 season, although the accuser later dropped the criminal charges, while reaching a financial settlement in the civil case against Bryant.

Despite the fact that the criminal case never went to court, Bryant still found himself the most hated athlete in America and had to fight for numerous seasons to regain his positive image and lucrative endorsements.

Two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the latest superstar athlete to find himself embroiled in a legal controversy because of an encounter with the opposite s*x. A 20-year-old student from Georgia College & State University recently accused the quarterback of s*xual assault at a Georgia bar earlier this month. It is the second time in a short span that Roethlisberger has been accused of assaulting a female.

In spite of the similarities of the Bryant and Roethlisberger cases, the public outrage over the Roethlisberger case appears nonexistent compared to the Bryant case a few years earlier. However, one difference exists between the two superstars: Roethlisberger is White, while Bryant is Black.

Although Black Americans are usually accused of playing the race card when they shed light on racial inequalities, the double standard that exists between Black and White celebrities is so crystal clear that a blind a man could see it perfectly with 20/20 vision.

It is very possible that Roethlisberger is 100 percent innocent of the crime he is accused of committing, because many are aware that celebrities are often the target of false allegations because people see a pay day when they come in contact with them. However, the thing that upsets me is that when a Black celebrity is simply accused of a crime, America erupts into an uproar and when the accused is White they are usually given the benefit of the doubt in the court of public opinion.

The double standard is not simply reserved for athletes either. When singer-actor Chris Brown faced charges for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna, many radio stations banned his music, in my opinion in an attempt to ruin his once-promising career. Nevertheless, Charlie Sheen faces a felony charge of menacing after a Christmas day dispute with wife, Brooke Mueller, according to the New York Times and despite the similarities in the Brown and Sheen cases, the latter is reportedly returning to work on the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” while the former, although only 19-years-old at the time of the incident, became the poster boy for domestic violence.

The double standard that Blacks and other minorities have had to overcome extends well beyond celebrity. We were taught at an early age that he we had to prove we were twice as good in anything in order for others to view us as equal.

Although, we believed we lived in a post-racial America after the historic election of President Barack Obama, the double standard that existed before November 2008 still exists over one year later, just ask Bryant and Brown, who are still two of the most hated men in America despite similarities with their more-loved White counterparts.
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Posted By: anita moore
Tuesday, January 11th 2011 at 10:49PM
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the criminal JUST US system...been theredone that. Plus I actually think they both are guilty...but not criminally...these are shake downs...Kobe payed now it's Bens turn...For the racial part...this is business as usual...Black folk get harsher treatment and longer sentences...
Tuesday, January 11th 2011 at 10:58PM
I have a huge dislike for Kobe, not only for the incident with the girl, but because of what went down with SHAQ-A-Licious. What Kobe wants, Kobe gets, so when he's playing, my son-in-law and I get into heated discussions, (and I don't watch sports that much). Half the time I don't know what I'm talking about.LOL, its just to incite him, because he loves Kobe so much, but being that this post is on Double Standards, I'll tell you that this has been going on since the beginning of sports, I didn't just know how bad it is. Will we ever get equal justice?
Wednesday, January 12th 2011 at 10:17AM
anita moore
You're right sister...this has been going on since the beginning of sports...It's funny how the court is ready to lock our Black people up on the drop of a dime while they leave white celebrities get away with more crimes than the law allows.

Just look at what happened to rapper T.I. and his wife... they were looking at getting between 5 to 10 years behind bars but folks like Lindsey Lohan gets only 30 days??? No way in hell would she have gotten 30 days if she was Black!!!

Wednesday, January 12th 2011 at 5:38PM
Siebra Muhammad
Amen to that Sista Siebra. I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Wednesday, January 12th 2011 at 9:10PM
anita moore
Mel Gibson threatened to kill his wife and you have Chris Brown which was ordered to take an anger management course for attacking Rihanna... but Mel Gibson's judge saw no need for him to attend any domestic violence classes which means that Mel can continue to rock back and forth in his house while throwing racist rants at his wife. So tell me what really going on...DAMN INJUSTICE!!!
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 2:55PM
Siebra Muhammad
Its all about the money and who you know!
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 3:03PM
anita moore
Damn it is Just us... Even the guy they love to hate OJ ...brother gonna die in Prison...you have just touched the tip of the Ice Berg and this practice is of titanical pruportions. Sinking the Black Men in years of Prison time for the same offenses most whites get a slapon the wrist if they are even prosecuted...Ben R is a prime example. Lindsay is...Britany...Even J lo...the female is not far behind Black womens numbers are exploding in the prison populations....
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 3:13PM
I know brotha, not just when there in trouble, but under every topic you can think of. They're not equal when it comes to job position (how many coaches you see), salaries of all players (white players are offered 1000's of dollars more than black), and when they get endorsements, they're offered a whole hell of a lot less, why because Massa (big bad owner), stillsl see the excuse my words but n*gga as less than a man Its truly sad! Now ESPN is talking about it. Watch that post I posted on Content of Character. Charles Barkley was one of the most outspoken persons talking about it and you know he got a big mouth and says whats on his mind!
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 3:32PM
anita moore
Has Kobe decided if he is Black or White yet?!? Or has he gone back to believing he is too exceptional to not be 'one of them'? (smile)

But, I could never stand Kobe before or after this all happened.(smile)
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