August 15, 2006

The FALL of Man or the FOLLY of Man?

"The overwhelming majority of black athletes come out of the lower echelons of black society. I don't think it is accidental when you look at the inordinate number of blacks in jail and the proportionate number of blacks on athletic teams. You are essentially looking at the same guy. They both have numbers; they are both in uniforms, and they both belong to gangs. They only call one the Crips, or the Bloods, while they call the other team the 49ers, Warriors, A's, or the Giants. They are all in pursuit of respect. They all, at one level or another, keep score. The parallels are all there. It is the same guy." - Harry Edwards

"How did a sociologist predict you? Society predict that the world would see you? Predict the person you would become? How on this day, while you sit inside a jail cell, can you convince yourself that football, the game you believed you were brought on this earth to play, didn't save your life … it was the reason it almost ended? How do you accept that as your blessing? If you are Maurice Clarett, how do you finally tell football goodbye?" - Scoop Jackson

"Blood of a slave..." - Dallas Penn

Couldn't have said it better myself. How can we comprehend the last four years of Maurice Clarett's life? YOU be the judge.

DONALD BYRD: Steppin Into Tomorrow
What happened to the revolt Black athlete?


Blogger Amadeo said...

When they talk about things like this I always hear exactly where "white america" still is. Just like criticizing Mike Tyson for what he did. It was bad, but his job is to beat people up...he got rich doing it. It's not like Ms. Manners just gave someone a Kancho. In regards to Clarett I will always wonder why was Ohio State so quick to drop him in the first place.

3:03 PM  
Blogger ian said...

Re: Black athletes, an old friend of mine said that recently, particulary in the NFL, a higher and higher precentage of the athletes were now coming from what would be considered "middle class" families. Any truth to this?

5:19 PM  
Blogger Hummingbyrd said...

@ Amadeo

Ohio State dropped Clarett so fast b.c they saw him as a huge liability.

Their main concern is ther return on their investment, not INVESTING in their depressed players w/ fractured families.

@ Vik,

I am reading $40 Million Dollar Slaves as we speak.

Im gonna post about it this week.

There was also an article in the times this week about two other future claretts ( if they don't change their ways).

7:47 PM  
Blogger halfbreedhalf said...
... obscure soul sides...

10:04 AM  
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1:44 PM  
Anonymous dp said...

VIK, where you at playboy?!? I know YouTube ain't run outta rare grooves for you to unearth. get back on your grizzly pimpin'.

9:06 PM  
Blogger vik said...

thanks for the kind words yall.

just needed some time to chill.


6:46 PM  

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