“Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant shit to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother fuck him and John Wayne
Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps”
Those were the words of the great Chuck D from the 1989 anthem “Fight The Power” which was featured in the classic Spike Lee joint “Do The Right Thing.”
Now I’m sure Chuck was happy to see heroes like Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald and Langston Hughes on stamps, but as a basketball fan who provided the soundtrack for Jesus Shuttlesworth and dropped memorable lines referencing Kareem and Charles Barkley in his songs, I’m sure he’s also proud to see Wilt Chamberlain get his own stamp.
With that said, I don’t know if the Public Enemy frontman had any issues with Wilt, who many accused of being too busy padding his bedroom stats than to contribute his time to the Civil Rights Movement like Bill Russell and Kareem, but all things considered, greatness recognizes greatness and I’m sure the rap pioneer who radio stations were afraid to play appreciates the basketball pioneer who many defenders were afraid to play against get some recognition.
At 2 inches in length, the stamps are longer and leaner than the average stamp and were designed by Antonio Alcala