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By Rainey Cruz


After reading yesterday's valid editorial by Señor Burroughs on the ethics of Jay-Z owning an NBA team, I couldn't help but to think about the flip side to that coin and about many more instances where the underworld and the modern-day mechanics of our American society countlessly rendezvous.

I mean, first of all, we're talking about a nation whose very inception was built upon one of the most demeaning institutions of all–Slavery. Fact, our nation's forefathers were baron's of flesh.

Washington, Jefferson, you name them, even Lying-ass Abe (because we all know the real story doesn't merit the "Honest" nickname). Then came the Industrial Revolution and all the environmental and labor swindles. Fast forward even further to the Prohibition Era and you'll find beer and alcohol barons.

Trace down the immoral line of our history and you'll find nothing but "dope" dealers and hustlers of the enterprising kind–families with inherited fortunes–quintessential "old money" based on anything but ethics. They are our Rothschilds, Morgans, Fords, Rockefellers, Carnegies and Kennedys, among others.

And what now? We're offended because a former drug-dealing Carter (Jay-Z's legal surname) wants to play on the crooked Monopoly board and own an NBA team? C'mon son! Nobody questions a white David Stern's inheritance of a predominantly black National Basketball Association, or at least not enough of us do! And why exactly aren't we? Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending Jay, or rooting one-sidedly for black ownership, I'm simply requesting that all spades get called out if that's the game we're going to play.

Let's point out every person of financial power with an unclean background, not just crucify one. Besides, the drug dealer talk got old already and unless we're going to really get into Reaganomics and the CIA-specific plot that introduced a profitable "War On Drugs" to America in the first place, we're only bringing knives to the gunfight. Real talk.

We live in a society based on thieves, hustlers and "dope" dealers, a place where "he who is without sin" rarely gets a fair financial shot at owning his very own sports franchise.

Rainey Cruz is a freelance creative, media producer and free thinker, living in Inwood, Manhattan who moonlights (and sunlights) as The República Update's Editor In Chief and is currently working on establishing his own action sports-based non-profit called The Rat Collective @raineyskates

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