James Blake is just selling out to white America

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Amanda

Scarborough, Canada

#1 Jul 29, 2007
James Blake may have a best selling book on the NY TIMES bestr seller list but he's nothing more then a House Negro. Blake is all about acquiring more money by being as vanilla as possible and selling out to white America. Blake believes by ESCHEWING the issue of race he can gain WHITE ACCEPTANCE. Blake is 27 years old but its clear this boy wasn't educated about covert racism. Sure Blake wants to be one of the "boys" on the ATP TOUR. However, some of Blake's so called white peers still view him as the House Negro. And Blake plays the fool as the House Negro all the time. Deep down inside Blake believes because of his RACE he's not good enough.

Blake has a self hatred for black people and the black community. Blake's Anti Black views are pretty obvious. Blake has his all white J Block. Blake tries to distance himself from blackness yet his blackness is WHAT made him POPULAR in the first place. Let's be HONEST. Blake STANDS OUT. Marketing people like Blake because he's attractive but also because he's considered "exotic" and "different." I don't think if Blake was white he would be popular with his minor achievements.

Yes, we all know Blake's sob story. People act like Malivai Washington, Williams Sisters, Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, Chanda Rubin, and other black players never had struggle. Blake is the one profiting from his so call struggles yet his tennis results DON'T justify the hype. Yes Blake is top 10 but he also has ONLY reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam. Blake is best known for LOSING big matches, for being a consistent loser and a choker.

In Blake's so called memoir he glosses over the incident with Lleyton Hewitt. It was an important chapter in Blake's life. As far as Blake is concerned he and his management team is all about MARKETING Blake to white America. Right now the claws of the white American press haven't gone after Blake because he HAS NOT accomplished anything BIG YET.
Sherri

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Jul 30, 2007
You are ignorant and a racist! He is a person not a color!! The fact that you expect him to act a certain way because of his skin color shows how narrow and small-minded you are. I am sure this kind of thinking impacts your life far more than your ignorant comments will ever impact James Blake's. Good luck!!
Amanda wrote:
James Blake may have a best selling book on the NY TIMES bestr seller list but he's nothing more then a House Negro. Blake is all about acquiring more money by being as vanilla as possible and selling out to white America. Blake believes by ESCHEWING the issue of race he can gain WHITE ACCEPTANCE. Blake is 27 years old but its clear this boy wasn't educated about covert racism. Sure Blake wants to be one of the "boys" on the ATP TOUR. However, some of Blake's so called white peers still view him as the House Negro. And Blake plays the fool as the House Negro all the time. Deep down inside Blake believes because of his RACE he's not good enough.
Blake has a self hatred for black people and the black community. Blake's Anti Black views are pretty obvious. Blake has his all white J Block. Blake tries to distance himself from blackness yet his blackness is WHAT made him POPULAR in the first place. Let's be HONEST. Blake STANDS OUT. Marketing people like Blake because he's attractive but also because he's considered "exotic" and "different." I don't think if Blake was white he would be popular with his minor achievements.
Yes, we all know Blake's sob story. People act like Malivai Washington, Williams Sisters, Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, Chanda Rubin, and other black players never had struggle. Blake is the one profiting from his so call struggles yet his tennis results DON'T justify the hype. Yes Blake is top 10 but he also has ONLY reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam. Blake is best known for LOSING big matches, for being a consistent loser and a choker.
In Blake's so called memoir he glosses over the incident with Lleyton Hewitt. It was an important chapter in Blake's life. As far as Blake is concerned he and his management team is all about MARKETING Blake to white America. Right now the claws of the white American press haven't gone after Blake because he HAS NOT accomplished anything BIG YET.
blake fan

Canoga Park, CA

#3 Aug 5, 2007
THANK GOD you said that...the ignorance of some, will only hurt themselves, instead of the person they speak of. James Blake is a wonderful and talented person who happens to be mixed with two ethnicties...like so many people in this world today. Good luck James in everything you do!!
Sherri wrote:
You are ignorant and a racist! He is a person not a color!! The fact that you expect him to act a certain way because of his skin color shows how narrow and small-minded you are. I am sure this kind of thinking impacts your life far more than your ignorant comments will ever impact James Blake's. Good luck!!
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Amanda

Scarborough, Canada

#4 Aug 19, 2007
Actually I speak the truth. James is not a wonderful person he's a loser and a goon.
Amanda

Scarborough, Canada

#5 Aug 21, 2007
You can say James Blake is a person and not a colour but obviously you don't know how America works. America is all about race. Get with the program. And if you didn't know that somebody better tell you.
Tanja

Serbia

#6 Aug 25, 2007
Dear Amanda,because of the people like you others think that America works like that!!!You should be ashamed of yourself!!!There is no other word to describe you than RACIST!!!!!!!!!!
Stacey

Stuart, FL

#7 Aug 28, 2007
James Blake has not ever and probably will not ever win a gram slam. He just isn't that good.
Amanda

Scarborough, Canada

#8 Aug 28, 2007
Yeah you got a point.
Jana

Pacoima, CA

#9 Aug 30, 2007
Sherri wrote:
You are ignorant and a racist! He is a person not a color!! The fact that you expect him to act a certain way because of his skin color shows how narrow and small-minded you are. I am sure this kind of thinking impacts your life far more than your ignorant comments will ever impact James Blake's. Good luck!!
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You are a disgusting ignorant fool. Talk about not being educated... who cares what color anyones skin is? It is people with your attitude that is a disgrace to the human race, what ever color you might be. I feel ashamed being the same species as you. Time to grow up you poor little narrow minded one.
Jana

Pacoima, CA

#10 Aug 30, 2007
Amanda wrote:
James Blake may have a best selling book on the NY TIMES bestr seller list but he's nothing more then a House Negro. Blake is all about acquiring more money by being as vanilla as possible and selling out to white America. Blake believes by ESCHEWING the issue of race he can gain WHITE ACCEPTANCE. Blake is 27 years old but its clear this boy wasn't educated about covert racism. Sure Blake wants to be one of the "boys" on the ATP TOUR. However, some of Blake's so called white peers still view him as the House Negro. And Blake plays the fool as the House Negro all the time. Deep down inside Blake believes because of his RACE he's not good enough.
Blake has a self hatred for black people and the black community. Blake's Anti Black views are pretty obvious. Blake has his all white J Block. Blake tries to distance himself from blackness yet his blackness is WHAT made him POPULAR in the first place. Let's be HONEST. Blake STANDS OUT. Marketing people like Blake because he's attractive but also because he's considered "exotic" and "different." I don't think if Blake was white he would be popular with his minor achievements.
Yes, we all know Blake's sob story. People act like Malivai Washington, Williams Sisters, Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, Chanda Rubin, and other black players never had struggle. Blake is the one profiting from his so call struggles yet his tennis results DON'T justify the hype. Yes Blake is top 10 but he also has ONLY reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam. Blake is best known for LOSING big matches, for being a consistent loser and a choker.
In Blake's so called memoir he glosses over the incident with Lleyton Hewitt. It was an important chapter in Blake's life. As far as Blake is concerned he and his management team is all about MARKETING Blake to white America. Right now the claws of the white American press haven't gone after Blake because he HAS NOT accomplished anything BIG YET.
You are a disgusting ignorant fool. Talk about not being educated... who cares what color anyones skin is? It is people with your attitude that is a disgrace to the human race, what ever color you might be. I feel ashamed being the same species as you. Time to grow up you poor little narrow minded one.
Lafontant

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Aug 30, 2007
I just decided to google James Blake, after watching the U.S. Open match and hearing him speak. I am Black Caribbean / Black American and I do have some mixed feelings.

While everyone can tell Blake is mixed, I do not feel he has to act a certain way because of that. I fundamentally believe that nurture and the environment one is raised is what has the biggest impact on that individual.

Blake's friends are mostly white because that is probably whom he feels most comfortable around. He grew up (I believe) in a Connecticut suburb, probably around mostly white people. He went to Harvard. Had he grown up in a different enviroment, perhaps he may behave differently.

I am gonna throw something really crazy out here, but what the hell. Maybe, just maybe, it seems like we as black people try to automatically claim anyone who has a hint of black in them as being completely black. I'm sorry but I don't buy that theory. The world is multicultural now and 50 yrs from now you will have even more mixture of races.

As long as Blake doesn't disown his African American heritage, I have no problems with the fella. He probably knows deep down that he may never be fully accepted but that's okay. That's just how the world has always been. Black Americans unfortunately, seem to be on the lowest spectrum of race/ethnicity totem pole. That's just how it is.. is it right..no.

But I feel as we continue to prove people wrong and continue to achieve success and control businesses and media, that perception will slowly erase.

The revolution will not be televised!

Blake..step your serve game up! Too many unforced errors tonite my man.
Blakefan

Seattle, WA

#12 Aug 30, 2007
I like James Blake. I'm a fan. I hope he goes all the way in the US Open. I don't expect him to act a certain way.

But we're not talking about a "mostly" white J-Block. We're talking about a fan box without a SINGLE person of African descent. NOT A SINGLE ONE. Now, I find that a bit strange. James, are you telling me that you don't have a single black friend? Dude, I went to Harvard too and I've got friends of all backgrounds.

I'm just saying...
Lafontant

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Aug 31, 2007
Jana wrote:
<quoted text>You are a disgusting ignorant fool. Talk about not being educated... who cares what color anyones skin is? It is people with your attitude that is a disgrace to the human race, what ever color you might be. I feel ashamed being the same species as you. Time to grow up you poor little narrow minded one.
Hi Jana,

Ideally, who would care what anyone's race is? You are right we shouldn't. But the fact of the matter is, that growing up being black in America, is much different than growing up as other ethnicities/races. It's hard for you to understand unless you are actually in our shoes.

I have friends of many different nationalities who always ask me, is this perception really that real.

I tell them tht YES it is. Do you know what it feels like to always be underestimated? To always have certain negative stigmas associated with you? To always question whether your colleagues view you as peers?

Of course, what person would want to verbally admit that they view us with question mark when it comes to our competency (specifically in the work place). But I pay more attention to actions versus words. It is frustrating when you try your best to fit in, to work hard, but you are still slighted.

So YES Jana, unfortunately, it DOES matter what color your skin is. It shouldn't be that way, but that's the way it is .. in America.
Lafontant

Philadelphia, PA

#14 Aug 31, 2007
Tanja wrote:
Dear Amanda,because of the people like you others think that America works like that!!!You should be ashamed of yourself!!!There is no other word to describe you than RACIST!!!!!!!!!!
Tanja. It is hard for people to understand who do not grow up in America. There is a strong history here. Let me give you some basic facts.

"Officially" slavery ended in our country in 1865 time frame, with Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. However, as some would argue, it didn't take effect to much later, as there were pockets of the country that did not even know they were free.(How could they? It's not like most slaves had access to newspapers or media, and could read).

Now, Tanja, it wasn't until 100 years later, when the Civil Rights movement finally took hold. 100 years later. So for 100 years we were technically free, but could not enjoy the TRUE freedoms of being able to live where we want, go to the schools we wanted to attend, have the jobs we wanted, work where we wanted. That is 100 YEARS!!!

Now, let's put THAT into perspective. My mother was born in 1952 and many of my colleagues in the work force were either born around the civil rights era or their parents were. So ME, yes ME and my fellow Black Americans, are technically the FIRST generation of TRULY FREE people. We have not had to do any major civil right marches, but in pockets of the country,notably the south, there is still a very racist attitude. A feeling of superiority towards blacks.

Yes Tanja, hard to imagine but true. It's only been around 40 years since the end of the civil rights movement. If the 100 years that passed between 1865 and 1965 is any indication, I would imagine it will take another 60 years before things really change.

I do feel that as we integrate more and Black Americans shatter the glass ceiling of corporate america and obtain more ownership of capital investments in this country, we will gain more power.

Am I satisfied with the progress we have made to date? Yes and No. Obviously I would have liked us to progress much faster, but we are getting there.

I wish we could have modeled our successes as Jewish Community has. They were persecuted, and subjected to racism (some argue with more or less harsh treatments as black americans). However, in today's business world or entertainment world, regardless of whether you like Jews or not, you have to turn to them for financing of your project. And to me, that is the key. They have power and whether you like them or not..you have to turn to them. I admire the Jews for that and I fully beleive that once we as Black People acquire power, you can not like us, you can hate us, but you will need us.

Tanja, I hope this clarifies some American History for you.
Nancy

Taylorsville, KY

#15 Aug 31, 2007
It is not about color at all...it is only about playing tennis. Blake has more heart than any other player out there right now. He is an awesome roll model for people of all races...to keep on trying to reach a goal even when bad things happen.

And how do we know if there are any people of color trying to befriend him? He may not even be in the same circles at this point. But, it doesn't mean he is not open to the situation.

Quit making assumptions about people, and mind your own business. Be happy for someone who is trying to make something of their life!
Amanda

Washington, DC

#16 Aug 31, 2007
James spent his very early years in Harlem and I know for a fact ( I work for the USTA) that he hosts a charity tournament in Harlem and does many charity events there every year below the radar. He is a stand-up guy, a great sportsman and a true gentleman. No one tour has a bad thing to say about him. Who cares what "color" his friends are?
NYC guy

New York, NY

#17 Sep 1, 2007
I don't know to what degree race plays in all of this. But one thing is for certain. The fans are annoying! I understand when fans support or are excited about someone for his personality, as was the case with Connors and Agassi. But the fans all dressed up in those scary blue uniforms are idolizing him and appear to be projecting some desperate sort of agenda that Blake supposedly represents for them. I was disturbed by this mentality in the match this evening, and sensed a kind of near-mass hysteria when the other player (Koubek) in fact was the underdog.
blake fan from ga

AOL

#18 Sep 3, 2007
Why must race be an issue for James Blake success;
He is doing well and I for one am glad to see his
recent success on the tennis court. If he had more
blacks in his box that would mean what?
He is an articulate, down to earth brother and
I dont think he needs to prove how black he is.
I read his book and it was very encouraging.
The best of luck James and once your tennis
career is over I hope to see you in the
broadcasting box!
jamesblakes no1 fan

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Sep 3, 2007
Amanda wrote:
James Blake may have a best selling book on the NY TIMES bestr seller list but he's nothing more then a House Negro. Blake is all about acquiring more money by being as vanilla as possible and selling out to white America. Blake believes by ESCHEWING the issue of race he can gain WHITE ACCEPTANCE. Blake is 27 years old but its clear this boy wasn't educated about covert racism. Sure Blake wants to be one of the "boys" on the ATP TOUR. However, some of Blake's so called white peers still view him as the House Negro. And Blake plays the fool as the House Negro all the time. Deep down inside Blake believes because of his RACE he's not good enough.
Blake has a self hatred for black people and the black community. Blake's Anti Black views are pretty obvious. Blake has his all white J Block. Blake tries to distance himself from blackness yet his blackness is WHAT made him POPULAR in the first place. Let's be HONEST. Blake STANDS OUT. Marketing people like Blake because he's attractive but also because he's considered "exotic" and "different." I don't think if Blake was white he would be popular with his minor achievements.
Yes, we all know Blake's sob story. People act like Malivai Washington, Williams Sisters, Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, Chanda Rubin, and other black players never had struggle. Blake is the one profiting from his so call struggles yet his tennis results DON'T justify the hype. Yes Blake is top 10 but he also has ONLY reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam. Blake is best known for LOSING big matches, for being a consistent loser and a choker.
In Blake's so called memoir he glosses over the incident with Lleyton Hewitt. It was an important chapter in Blake's life. As far as Blake is concerned he and his management team is all about MARKETING Blake to white America. Right now the claws of the white American press haven't gone after Blake because he HAS NOT accomplished anything BIG YET.
Hey you need to get a life that way you'll stop hating on those who are making something of theirs just keep watching the best of blake is yet to come remember james is blake and white and HOT the guy has FAVOR,that something, that je ne se quoi yes their are people who may have more accomplishments and not that recognised, well that's life so deal with it ha! ha!
jamesblakes no1 fan

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Sep 3, 2007
Hey Amanda,
who are you really mad at im sure it's not james blake yes racism does exist in life but what does it have to do with james blakes games he is one of the most modest and charming athletes give the guy a break rather than fuss about his race support him as an American lets get truly u

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