The problems and issues concerning the Black athlete such as academics, crime, financial neglect, and the array of other issues reported by professionals as seen on FOX, CNN, CBS and ESPN are clear.  Now the question is simple, what are we going to do about them? I recently contacted one of the individuals above regarding the Black athlete.  I was told via social media communications my request for an interview was denied because I did not possess the necessary media credentials.
The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickies to the public ever since. As a new WordPress user, you should go to your dashboard to delete this page and create new pages for your content. LOS ANGELES –  The Black athletes who won gold medals during the XXX Olympiad in London included – but definitely not limited to – Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas (gymnastics), Serena and Venus Williams (tennis), Sanya Richards-Ross, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kirani James, and Usain Bolt (track and field), are the beneficiaries of those in the past who pioneered the way for the Black athletes of today. Black athletes – throughout the world – have always been held up as role models for young people and in most cases, they seem to excel in sports whenever – to borrow a quote from Rev. Though basketball seems to have taken the lead and has produced an impressive array of businessmen, the contributions of athletes in other sports do not diminish the business achievements (during and post-game) of other talented sports figures.
There is no specific sport that precludes the Black athlete however, in the United States, he seemed to be omnipresent in basketball, baseball, football, boxing, and track-and-field. No other athlete made a greater social contribution, in and out of the sports arena, than Muhammad Ali; he was the most recognized person in the world.
Jackie Robinson is the baseball player referred to as breaking the color line in major league sports and paved the way for Blacks in other areas. Serena and Venus Williams dominate the tennis circuit, on and off the courts as a normal part of their game skills. In his youth, Ashe had been denied access to a public court in Virginia because of racial segregation but he survived to become the first Black to win a championship at Wimbledon. Before Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods graced the golf course and dazzle the sports world, there were Pete Brown, Lee Elder, Charlie Sifford and Ted Rhodes. Black athletes have competed equally and successfully in many other sports despite tremendous obstacles.
A common concern that has arisen in the past few decades is the role of black student athletes in collegiate sports. One of the main issues surrounding college athletes, particularly football and basketball players, is their lack of monetary compensation.
Each spring, many talented male athletes leave school early to pursue a career in the NFL or NBA, thereby sacrificing a college degree for the uncertainty of life as a professional athlete. What is even more alarming, however, is the disparity between the graduation rates of black and white student athletes.
While the mainstream media seems to be oblivious to the perception of a double standard or that they tend to focus on Black athletes who get in trouble, a lively discussion is taking place in the blogosphere. More than likely the images and names conjured up when speaking of athletes in trouble are of Blacks and other athletes of color, not the Tom Bradys, Ben Rothlisbergers or Mark McGuires of the athletic world who work alongside the Black standouts. Golfer Woods, who has avoided race though subjected to insults at times, is the latest Black athlete to endure public pillaring.
But why are the faces we see in the media in continuous and seemingly unrelenting attacks mostly of Black athletes?
A glaring example of this focus on Black athletes as the face of criminal violations is a 2006 article in USA Today, Dr. Michael Vick fans react as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Dec. For decades, Black athletes were prohibited from participating in professional sports leagues of White America. Whether there is any significant difference in the celebrity status of a Kobe Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger is debatable. Black athletes are moving targets for the media because of their celebrity status and potential to marshal Black youth in more positive directions.
Observers note there is no real, formal process for training these young athletes, some of whom come from homes and communities already facing huge social and economic challenges. If a Black athlete is outspoken or becomes politically and racially conscious, they are vilified, Dr. An example of a Black athlete who was cut off at the knees because he wanted to stand up is former Chicago Bulls star Craig Hodges, one of only two players in history to win three consecutive All Star 3-Point shooting contests.
With the excuse that the 32-year-old Hodges was a weak defensive player, the Bulls let him go the next season and no other team even offered him a tryout. Would the same have happened to a Jewish player who showed up wearing a yarmulke and handed the president a letter asking for support of Israel, or an Irish player who showed up in kilts and asked for recognition of Irish Americans' past struggles?
But even athletes like Terrell Owens, who did nothing illegal, still can be vilified in the media. Much of football player Owens' reputation of being a jerk is tied to his public disagreements with star Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his criticisms of Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks prior to Tony Romo's arrival, he said.
As a result, a€?it doesn't matter if Terrell Owens is a good or bad person, what matters is what White America thinks of him,a€? he said. Why does one Black man need media credentials to speak to another Black man about the Black athlete?  Is this a prerequisite for communications between Black people in the new millennium, or is this a polite way of saying you are calling from the abandoned minority group and not in the “Sports Network” so I don’t have to speak to you? It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes).
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Jesse Jackson – ‘the playing field is even, the rules are public and the goals are clear,’ and of course, the ‘glass ceiling’ has been removed. In the era of Jack Johnson, he was a colorful pugilist, with a flair for grace and style, but racial circumstances during his days certainly did not permit him the opportunity to become a businessman. Whenever a Black person dominates a sport, like Tiger Woods in golf (though he prefers not to be called black) or Serena and Venus Williams in tennis, they also become money machines and gold mines for advertisers.

Latrell Spreewell, founder of Spreewell Racing, has one of the largest tire and wheel shops. In Hollywood with (Jim) Brown were Fred Williamson, Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier and Woody Strode (wrestling), who had also left the football field. Leroy “Satchel” Paige promoted the Negro League Baseball team like no other; he was a rare combination of talent and personality that captured the imagination of fans, and traveled with the Negro Southern League before the “color line” was broken. Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson had pioneered the way for the Williams sisters a generation ago; they were top players in a game where Blacks were non-existent professionally until they surfaced. Though little is known about Rhodes, he was the first Black (Negro, at that time) to play in a (Professional Golfers Association) PGA tournament, and had been Elder’s instructor. The name Jesse Owens often surfaces because – apart from his stunning and four-gold medal achievement – he smashed the Aryan myth of white superiority during the ’36 Olympics and laid the groundwork for track superstars like Bob Hayes, Wilma Rudolph, Carl Lewis, Florence Joyner, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Ato Bolton and Michael Johnson. Typically, the NCAA promotes college athletic programs as opportunities for underprivileged minority youth to achieve a college education when they may not have previously had the capacity to do so. College football is a multi-million dollar industry, with schools and their athletic conferences receiving an enormous economic payoff annually.
While this decision proves successful for many athletes, there are also many who don’t make it in the pros, and it is these athletes who the system of collegiate athletics is hurting.
In NCAA Division I men’s basketball, white athletes graduate at a rate that is 32 points higher than African American athletes. Topics like a€?How would the press treat a White Michael Vick?a€? and a€?The latest example of how White athletes are being protected by ESPNa€? are just a few of the headlines. His extramarital affairs have garnered wall to wall news coverage and major sponsors dropping him was a huge Dec.
Are they more susceptible to moral failures, criminal activity or going afoul of the laws and rules of the leagues? So they set up their own leagues and, in cases such as baseball, generally outperformed professional White athletes.
Many of the athletes who get into trouble themselves are young and inexperienced in handling large sums of money, making them susceptible to being relieved of their money (and influence) by getting into trouble.
Many are passed through college programs for the huge financial benefits they bring the schools. Davidson said, pointing to historical figures such as boxers Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali, 1968 Olympic medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos and football star Jim Brown. He made no secret of his friendship with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and challenged fellow Black athletes to do more for their community.
In an age when the mainstream press tends to be more infotainment than real journalism, stories about Owens feed into a ready-made narrative of the a€?trouble-maker.' It does not help his case that his relationship with the media, much like, for instance, Barry Bonds, is at times adversarial,a€? he said. Boyce Watkins, a social commentator and professor at Syracuse University, said Black athletes are starting from behind the 8-ball to begin with as a result of the value systems built on 400 years of White supremacy.
But, ultimately, the fact that they hate him because he's different means they hate him because he's Black. Watkins said the mainstream media could play an important role balancing the image of Black athletes and at the same time impact the behavior of Black youth. Watkins said Black athletes must learn how to manage their money, get education in order to understand how to use the power they have and set high expectations for themselves as athletes. For example, Black men have dominated the heavyweight boxing championship since 1960 (when Floyd Patterson regained the heavyweight championship), and have made tremendous gains in other sports since – before and after. Ralph Metcalfe, a dynamic sprinter and a contemporary of Jesse Owens, went on to become a congressman after his track-and-field career.
Karl Malone invested in a car dealership in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a bed-and-breakfast proprietorship and established a foundation for young children.
The baseball ‘floodgates’ had been opened and that gave the baseball Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson and Willie Mays. It was very difficult for Blacks to play on a “golf course that was not level.” While on tour Elder and Sifford were subjected to racial taunts and they found it difficult to compete.
Special recognition is due to Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their powerful protest in Mexico City in 1968.
These schools are, in essence, profiting from the athletic performance and labor of their student athletes.
For their entire college career, student athletes have been taught to put their sport above everything else, even school, an attitude that is promoted by universities for their own monetary benefit, as opposed to that of the players. Indeed, 96.1% of Division I schools graduate black student athletes at a rate lower than that of student athletes overall. Whether it's because of the hunger for gossip and sensational news about celebrities, athletes appear to be prominent as abusers of drugs and women, but the reality is more than four million American women are battered or sexually abused every year, he said.
The front page article might have been mistaken for a Most Wanted poster in the post office. But there are also questions about proper temperament and expectations for proper conduct: Tennis star Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for anger expressed at an official during a match.
Allowing influential athletes to challenge the notion of White superiority could signal to others that it's OK to do so, he said. The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was when the Bulls won their second consecutive NBA championship in 1992 and Hodges wore a dashiki during the traditional visit to the White House for the NBA champions. Giardina, visiting assistant professor of Advertising & Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a writer for such scholarly publications as the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Most people are involuntary supporters of this racist infrastructure and force these values on others in the society, he said. When then-Senator Barack Obama was running for president of the United States, the grades of Black boys went up as a result of seeing Mr. But their present and post sport activities are not confined to being spokespersons for products, they are much more self-fulfilling in their realms of accomplishments.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s name is synonymous with business; he created the Johnson Development Corp.
Shaquille O’Neal is still active in the game but he has ventured into an array of businesses, has done movies and volunteer work in law enforcement.
And there is a current lineup of players who are still active in the game and are using their skills beyond the court, in businesses and humanitarian efforts; they include Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
But there were other Series favorites including Roy Campanella, three times the National League’s Most Valuable Player, Frank Robinson, Don Buford and superstar Richie Allen. And the Williams, who are doubly dutiful in their accomplishments, are two Black women (sisters) traveling similar paths.
In 1969, it was reported that none of the qualified Blacks was invited to play in the Masters. There was also Edwin Moses who dominated the field of hurdles, and Rafer Johnson who took the decathlon in 1956 Olympics and then went on to Hollywood. Yet do these athletes receive any compensation for their effort aside from annual scholarships, which can be retracted due to financial or personal matters?
Then, when life as an athlete proves unsuccessful due to injury or personal reasons at either the professional or even collegiate level, the student athletes, a majority of whom are African American, no longer focus on their education and are forced to leave college, thus not graduating. This difference is alarming, and it demonstrates that in the world of college sports, it is the black student athlete who is being neglected by the NCAA. Instead of a portrayal of a thug, the golf and endorsement giant has been painted as morally unfit and irresponsible. Woods said he let his family down with a€?transgressionsa€? he regrets a€?with all of my heart,a€? and that he will deal with his personal life behind closed doors, in a statement. Head shots of prominent athletes were aligned with the title a€?Athletes lightly punished after their day in court.a€? The article argued that a double standard exists in the punishment athletes receive for illegal acts compared to regular citizensa€”celebrity appearances and autograph signing instead of gritty details like collecting trash on the roadside. She is matching the fine with an equal donation through her foundation to open a school in Africa. He excelled when he was virtually alone (no ‘color-mates’), and the playing field was not even, the rules were not public and the goals were not clear. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann sought the nomination to become the governor of Pennsylvania; and Keyshawn Johnson has parlayed his talents into developing shopping centers and businesses. Reggie Jackson was exciting and colorful on and off the field; he was the new generation of sports businessmen at the time when the game produced Curt Flood and Lou Brock. That they have accomplished much and recognize the work of former greats like Zina Garrison and Gibson says a lot. Now as Woods complied victory after victory, he can clearly measure the distance he has traveled since those days. Kipchoge Keino was the long distance runner who won four Olympic gold medals: and Hayes, who started in track to the field, was the only man to win an Olympic gold medal and a super bowl ring.
Of course not, and it is this problem that has caused many to compare college football to a modern day plantation system. While each instance arises from different circumstances, this pattern is proven by the low graduation rates of African American males, which is only 50.2%.
But it also exposed the blatant double standard implemented by the media in highlighting the violations of Black athletes. The breaking of the color barrier in sports, however, didn't necessarily break down the stereotypes and other racial attitudes toward Blacks that prohibited the integration of the leagues in the first place. But the volatile John McEnroe, now a commentator and a tennis star of the 1970s and 1980s, had legendary angry outbursts. Watkins, who also is affiliated with the College Sports Research Institute at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Black athletes have turned their post-game efforts and energies toward businesses, politics and other fields that have captured the imaginations of young people during and beyond the field of sports. Michael “Air” Jordan, coined as the greatest basketball player, parlayed his investments toward team ownership, as a co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, an automotive corporation, and restaurants.
In line with his breaking-the-color-line status, (Jackie) Robinson was aware of the potential for Blacks in baseball’s executive positions and went after that too. In off-the-court activities, they are into fashion designing while showing the world their Grand Slam wins back-to-back-to-back. He readily extends himself with enrichment programs and scholarships via his Tiger Woods Learning Center to help millions of children attain their goals and achieve their dreams. There are some advocates who argue that a college education is worth thousands, if not millions, of dollars itself, and while this may be true, the weak graduation rate of African American student athletes, especially African American males, presents a problem to this argument. As an organization whose duty it is to protect the well being of all student athletes, black and white, the NCAA needs to acknowledge the damage that colleges have caused by exploiting their student athletes, especially their football and basketball players, for the monetary profit of the university.
I went from helping a team win it all to all of a sudden not being good enough to play for the worst team in the league,a€? Mr.
By working to place the emphasis back on education, as opposed to merely athletics, this organization came affect change in the lives of its athletes. Besides being a tremendous ‘draw’, he boasted, “I am America, the part you won’t recognized but get used to me. Additionally, a greater focus must be placed on increasing the graduation rate of African American student athletes in order to decrease the racial gap that currently exists, so that all students may be given an opportunity to achieve a college decree as they move forward in their lives. I’m Black, confident and cocky.” His style produced a new generation of athletes, – mostly heavyweights – who dared including Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Foreman who went on to become a super businessman.
But other ‘weights’ produced talents like Dick Tiger, Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Foster, Emile Griffith, Michael Spinks, and currently Sugar Shane Mosley.

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