‘Uncle Tom’ remark exposes pain in black community

This is great. AP interviewed my friend Ron Miller, author of Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch, which I edited. Now it’s in Sports Illustrated and many other pubs…

By Jesse Washington

Jalen Rose grew up poor in Detroit, the son of single mom and an NBA player he never met. He helped transform basketball culture as a member of Michigan’s iconic Fab Five team, then earned more than $100 million as a pro baller.

Grant Hill came up wealthy in the D.C. suburbs, the child of an NFL running back married to a corporate consultant. He helped establish Duke University as a paragon of success and virtue in college basketball, then overcame terrible injuries to enjoy a long NBA career.

So which one is the “authentic” black man?

The question may seem irrelevant. But when Rose said that he considered black Duke players like Hill “Uncle Toms” when he was a teenager, he exposed a sensitive and longstanding issue for many African-Americans…

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