Sports is the Enemy
of MY People
I see the influence of Basketball
and Football on young black people.
As a former teacher, the seductive
power sports has scares me.
I was awaken to this concern with
one of the educational networks ran a special on ROME. The evil emperor
diverted attention from his atrocities by increasing the games in the
coliseum to 180 days. Even in those days sports lulled the people to
Back to our young. Dedicated
Teachers when trying to get young people to focus on something other
than sports are met with the argument that some sports star just
received a 50 million dollar contract and that a teacher will work a
lifetime and not make 1 million!
Coaches once told me “Sports build
character!” Well maybe it once built character, but not any more. Sports
now teach you that if you are the star, you can rob, steal even kill,
and still be on the team. The rules for the star are different. The star
does not have to practice; travel on the team bus, the star can even get
the coach’s daughter pregnant.
The truth is not considered. The
statistics show that the chances of you making a team are 1 in 10,000.
Our young need to introduced to the concept of a plan B.
I saw a group of middle school boys
practicing football. They were not practicing blocking or tackling, They
were practicing there “end zone dance”. Sports scare me. They have had
to create rules against taunting, is that the way sports build
Sports does not build character
anymore it creates characters. Sports has created the idea that
all that matters is winning. Win at ant cost, Cheat and win. No
longer do the youth aspire to doctors or engineers but basketball and
football players. They seem to all leave college early for the lure of
big bucks. Big bucks combined with you can’t read equals to “a fool and
his money soon parts”.
What can be done? Teachers, keep
newspaper articles about sports greats who end up broke, in jail for
rape or murder or shot at some strip club. Secure video clips of stars
who are now partially cripple for life due to sports. Show statistics
that point out the career of most players is only 4 years. Give fair and
Introduce the concept of a PLAN B.
Point out that there are no sports greats over 40
(except in GOLF, a last sport that
still builds character)
Introduce the concept that FAME has
a down side.
Introduce careers that they don’t
even know exists. Spark their interest in something else