Item: Early 90s Malcolm X Baseball Jersey
Purchased: October 2006 — White River Junction, Vermont
Worth to Me: Will Become a Family Heirloom. Never For Sale. Never.
There are a lot of things about this shirt that make no sense. For one, what was it doing in Vermont? Secondly, who would ever give this gem away? Thirdly, how long was it sitting in the White River Junction Salvation Army before I came along? Fourthly, why were they only selling it for 3 dollars. Fifthly, lastly, and most importantly, why does this remarkable piece of apparel even exist?
For those of you that aren’t aware, 40 Acres and a Mule is Spike Lee’s production company. At some point, Spike must have produced some Malcolm X jerseys, but the reason for that decision remains unclear. I have googled every permutation of “malcolm x”, “jersey”, “spike lee”, and “40 acres and a mule” to try to find out its origin. Currently, I’ve only found one piece of information, but that is less in thanks to Google, and more thanks to my extensive knowledge and love for Def Comedy Jam.
For those of you that know 1) who that is, 2) which Bernie Mac standup this is from, and 3) what Bernie is wearing, Bravo. For the rest of you, that’s DJ Kid Capri, the house DJ for Def Comedy Jam during the early 90s. And that’s Kid Capri, rocking the exact same jersey I own.
Do I Have Kid Capri’s Jersey?
Did He Leave His Jersey In Vermont?
Do You Think He Wants It Back?
I’ve convinced myself that it’s the same one. How it got to Vermont, we’ll never know. And do I think he wants it back, of course he does, don’t be silly. I’m sure he thinks about it’s current location every day, wondering if–just maybe–someone will see the Bernie Mac standup, look up his address, and mail him what’s rightfully his.
Well, guess what, Kid? Seriously, guess.
IT’S MINE. FOREVER.
SORRY I’M NOT SORRY.
IF YOU WANT IT BACK, YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME.