Sports Exploitation: Million Dollar Slaves
This is the third and final section within the topic of TV Imagery. This discussion will focus on the trials, tribulations, and admiration of the Black athlete and how their treatment both positively and negatively impact the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Do you believe Black athletes are exploited, why or why not?
2. Do you believe Black athletes have to be role models, particularly outside of the field of play, why or why not?
3. Should We petition great Black high school athletes to go to Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)?
The speed, power, agility, and stamina are the perfect traits one would look for in a hardworking slave…or athlete. Often times, the difference between the two is as slight as the description used to define a good one. I know, seems pretty dramatic. But I ask you to consider how much money is made off the Black athlete. How many jobs are dependent on the greatness of a Lebron James, or the skills of a Cam Newton. How much colleges and universities benefit from the Zion Williamson, with no guarantee of a future in his sought after profession on the field or in the classroom and yet the school will sell his jersey for $25 a head. Does the Black community, in general, believe one of the only ways out of the desperation of poverty is the biological lottery? Yes, the sports business can be a dirty game, but does this exploitation of the Black athlete add to the destruction of Our community?
Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These question and more were addressed on 1/24/2021.