Love is a beautiful thing. Finding someone that you can actually picture yourself loving for a lifetime is an experience that I hope to feel first hand at some point in my life. I imagine once you think you’ve found that person, you want to let them know how special it feels. So I understand why New York Giants rookie linebacker Greg Jones wanted to surprise his longtime girlfriend, Amanda, by proposing to her at the Super Bowl. This post isn’t about Jones’ proposal, but it is inspired by it.
As soon as I saw the headline, “Giants rookie proposes to girlfriend on the field after Super Bowl,” I already knew what awaited me. I hoped and silently prayed that brother Jones was proposing to a Tasha, Tamika or Tonya, even though I knew in my heart that he wasn’t. My assumption was confirmed when I saw the screenshot of the teary brunette. It was eerily similar to Boise State’s Ian Johnson’s proposal after the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
I’m going to ask the question that many probably asked themselves in the wake of this story: Why can’t the sister’s ever get a spectacular proposal?
Not just serial baby mamas and gold diggers, but genuinely good Black women who manage their mate’s money, take care of the children and will be there to stand by them long after they’ve hung up their cleats. If Basketball Wives have taught us anything, it’s that brothers don’t mind making babies with these women, but few of them ever get the dignity of actually becoming Mrs. Ballplayer. (After watching the show, I can understand why these particular women didn’t make the cut, but still.)
I’m tired of seeing athletes and entertainers, not to mention regular brothers, put White women on a pedestal while Black women are regarded as little more than breeders. I’m all for loving whoever you’re with, but Brothers we have to do better by the Sisters.
Our women, and our children, deserve it.
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