In the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about Michian’s Fab Five, Jalen Rose said this about Duke and Grant Hill .Now Grant Hill's response:
“Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt that they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms. … I was jealous of Grant Hill. He came from a great black family. Congratulations. Your mom went to college and was roommates with Hillary Clinton. Your dad played in the NFL as a very well-spoken and successful man. I was upset and bitter that my mom had to bust her hump for 20-plus years. I was bitter that I had a professional athlete that was my father that I didn’t know. I resented that, moreso than I resented him. I looked at it as they are who the world accepts and we are who the world hates.”
It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke “Uncle Toms” and, to some degree, disparaging my parents for their education, work ethic and commitment to each other and to me. I should have guessed there was something regrettable in the documentary when I received a Twitter apology from Jalen before its premiere. I am aware Jalen has gone to some length to explain his remarks about my family in numerous interviews, so I believe he has some admiration for them…."Uncle Toms?" Really Jalen? Since Rose is an ESPN analyst and in the spotlight, I have no doubt he's going to squash this publicly with Hill. I mean it could be worse. Rose could of called Hill a "House Negro" or a different n word, but I don't blame Hill for taking the time to respond back and call Rose's remarks "pathetic." What are your thoughts? JR 3/16/2011 11:10:00 PM Tweet
To hint that those who grew up in a household with a mother and father are somehow less black than those who did not is beyond ridiculous.