Friday, September 20, 2019
Add this page to Blinklist Add this page to Del.icoi.us Add this page to Digg Add this page to Facebook Add this page to Furl Add this page to Google Add this page to Ma.Gnolia Add this page to Newsvine Add this page to Reddit Add this page to StumbleUpon Add this page to Technorati Add this page to Yahoo


ideas have consequences

You are here:Home>>Strategic Research & Analysis>> South Sudan’s Deng responds to Ferry’s racial comment :“HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:47

South Sudan’s Deng responds to Ferry’s racial comment :“HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”

Written by Administrator
Luol Deng Luol Deng hooedup

"Luol Deng signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Miami Heat in July and was tasked with the challenge of helping the franchise remain relevant after losing LeBron James… During a conference call on free agency last June, Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry used an insensitive remark about Deng’s African heritage that resulted in an internal investigation about how the organization handles matters of race. The examination unearthed a two-year old e-mail that contained some racially insensitive comments that eventually forced majority partner Bruce Levenson to announce he is selling his stake in the franchise.” – Washington Post

 

Danny Ferry’s in his own words:   "He's (Deng)  still a young guy overall, he's a good guy overall. But he's not perfect. He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way."

 

Luol Deng responds to Danny Ferry derogatory comment: “HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”

“HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”

These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

 

I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just “a little”. For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage.

 

Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

 

Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

 

However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

 

 

Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.

Last modified on Thursday, 11 September 2014 19:18

41 comments

  • Comment Link steve Hubpages Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:24 posted by steve Hubpages

    This article will assist the internet visitors for creating new web site or even a blog from start
    to end.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link brazil travel tips Monday, 29 June 2015 23:37 posted by brazil travel tips

    Hi there, I discovered your site by the use of Google
    at the same time as looking for a similar matter, your website came up, it seems to be great.
    I've bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, simply turned into alert to your weblog through Google,
    and located that it is really informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels.

    I will appreciate when you continue this in future. Numerous other people will
    probably be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link free website traffic rankings alexandria va restaurants valdosta Sunday, 28 June 2015 16:20 posted by free website traffic rankings alexandria va restaurants valdosta

    As the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very shortly it will be well-known, due to its quality contents.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link st albans carpet cleaning Sunday, 28 June 2015 07:08 posted by st albans carpet cleaning

    Hello! I've been following your site for a while now and finally got the courage to
    go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas!

    Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent job!

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link Marble Cleaning in London Saturday, 27 June 2015 09:31 posted by Marble Cleaning in London

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been doing a
    little research on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact
    that I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this....

    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your blog.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link Marble Cleaning in London Saturday, 27 June 2015 01:30 posted by Marble Cleaning in London

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr...
    well I'm not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say
    superb blog!

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link marketing plan for small business Friday, 26 June 2015 03:03 posted by marketing plan for small business

    Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link marble restoration london Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:27 posted by marble restoration london

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Many thanks for supplying these details.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link marketing small business ideas Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:40 posted by marketing small business ideas

    Greate pieces. Keep writing such kind of info on your site.

    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You have performed a great job. I will definitely digg it and individually suggest to my friends.
    I'm sure they'll be benefited from this site.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link st albans scotchgard protection Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:01 posted by st albans scotchgard protection

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the
    pictures on this blog loading? I'm trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Add comment