In 2006, we had a golden cultural moment. There was a movie starring one of America’s most important icons, Samuel L. Jackson. The filmmakers did heavy reshoots after it was test screened, and with big results. It became one of the biggest cult films of the year, mostly due to one line:
“I’ve had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!”
Apparently, the glamorous park in Tulsa, The Gathering Place, needs to call in Samuel L. to clean house. According to media reports, the place now has a snake problem:
Who's ready for some Barry Switzer era flashbacks!?
On Friday, following a morning of social media and message board rumors, John Hoover with SI reported that a pair of OU football players were suspended from the team following an investigation into a Norman armed robbery.
Hoover's article didn't name any names and was vague on details. As a result, it sent OU fans scurrying to social media asking important questions that matter like, “Who did it?” “What did they do?” and “How will it affect the team?”
Over the past year, I personally have dealt with racism on a daily basis, in the form of an alcoholic flat-mate that, whenever he saw a person who was non-white—be it on the street or in the house—gleefully referred to them as a terrible ethnic slur of some sort, whether he was drunk or not. But that’s Oklahoma, I thought.
In the effort of keeping a peaceful house, many times, it would be overlooked until, one day, his egregious words and demeanor couldn’t be overlooked anymore and, thankfully, he was booted out. He might be long gone now, but the lacerations of his words and actions will always remain, deepening and hardening in me.
So I know the pain that former KOCO reporter Porsha Riley is dealing with. The only difference is she bravely has the guts to talk about it while it is still recent. One of KOCO’s most popular reporters, Riley recently resigned from the news station after reports of racism, among other things, were reported and ignored. Here’s the full video of her reasoning: