Sometimes I look through the newspaper and the most prominent African-American images I see are football players Adam (Pacman) Jones and OJ Simpson. Pacman pleaded no contest yesterday to a reduced charge, and OJ will go to trial here in April. The dominance of these images is frustrating.
Granted, the events are byproducts of the tourist industry. When people across the country read the news, they don’t necessarily assume that Black folks who live in Vegas fall into these roles. But you do have to wonder—do Nevadans (whether they be White, Black, Latino or other) see Pacman and OJ primarily as celebrity tourists with poor judgment, or as Black?