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Esteemed Advisor

The real racist

"more black men in prison than in college"

yeah, right

just like, "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" and "average family will save $2500 per year"

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: The real racist

Then there`s a Lib reporter penning the article in The Atlantic about Black athletes should leave "White" universities and attend historically Black colleges.  Theory being bring their superior talent and earning power and dollars to HBCUs.  I like the idea actually, I`m tired of the kabuki dances and facdes that we are all forced to go through in the name of diversity.  Take that dollar generating, ball handling ability to a HBCU and let the chips fall where they may....I do have a idea thought that within 3 yrs of that experiment, it would go right back to we are right now. 

Pre-Kaepernick, you couldn`t get by floating that idea in public, but now things have come full circle as it were and Liberals and I find common ground.   🙂   I`m a good Liberal, Yippeee!


But what if young black athletes were to force that change?

“NCAA athletics generate billions in profit annually, and Black athletes are the prized workforce,” reads the mission statement of an organization called the Power Moves Initiative. “However, African Americans are not stakeholders at predominantly white universities and corporations that profit from our talent. The system must be disrupted to redirect the stream of wealth.”


Robert Buck, who attended two black colleges (Alabama State and FAMU), got the idea to start the Power Moves Initiative after organizing the 5th Quarter Classic, a now-defunct annual game between HBCUs held in Mobile, Alabama. He saw how the black colleges featured in the classic were generating millions for Mobile, a city that is 50.4 percent black. It bothered Buck that other black athletes were generating such money for predominantly white schools, and that other black communities weren’t receiving the same benefits.

“It’s almost like we were being used,” Buck told me.

He is convinced that steering high-school athletes of color toward HBCUs can help invigorate African American communities and generate black success. “I think we have an inferiority complex,” he said. “We, as black people, don’t feel like something is as large or as good if a white person isn’t in charge of it … We’re the value. That value doesn’t diminish because you’re doing it with your own.”

There’s a model for how young black athletes could leverage their talent and financial power. In the early 1990s, five high-school basketball players—two each from Texas and Detroit, and one from Chicago—got to know one another playing in all-star games and basketball camps. They enrolled together at the University of Michigan, and partway through their first season they were all starting for the team. Becoming famous as the Fab Five, they reached the championship game of the March Madness tournament in 1992 and 1993, and four of them went on to play in the NBA. What if instead of enrolling at Michigan they’d gone to Howard, taking the Bison, rather than the Wolverines, to the Final Four?


A single high-profile recruit enrolling at an HBCU would get people’s attention. (Thibodeaux got people’s attention just by considering enrolling.) Three or four of them could spark a national conversation—and, in basketball, could generate a championship run that attracted fans and money. Now imagine five or 10 or 20—or a few dozen. That could quickly propel a few black schools into the athletic empyrean, and change the place of HBCUs in American culture.

It wouldn’t be that hard. Many of the top high-school players, especially in basketball, know one another from Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) tournaments and all-star games, as the Fab Five did. If a few of them got together at HBCUs, they could redraw the landscape of college basketball.

ASU logo with graffiti turning the "S" into a dollar sign.

“If we created a Fab Five at Alabama State,” Buck told me, “that would create a lot of hype around our HBCUs, showing the value that we already possess and redirecting a whole lot of dollars to black colleges.”

Senior Advisor

Re: The real racist

Blacks calling for segregation.......was that part of Dr. King's dream? Guess Robert Byrd was right after all.

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Re: The real racist

(“If we created a Fab Five at Alabama State,” Buck told me, “that would create a lot of hype around our HBCUs, showing the value that we already possess and redirecting a whole lot of dollars to black colleges.”)

It would really come down to whether Howard's, etc. booster's could pay these prize athletes as well as Michigan's, etc. booster's.

Esteemed Advisor

Re: The real racist

Edmund, are you implying that it actually takes money to buy the expensive sports cars, the diamond stud earrings, etc. that the star athletes possess?

BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: The real racist

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