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Black Athletes and Activism (05:03)


"Souled Out" describes how black athletes cultivate stereotypes. Shaun Powell explains that players have changed since he began writing articles in 1986. Most African American athletes are community oriented and professional, but media coverage creates misconceptions.

Professional Athletic Culture (02:21)

Agents convince athletes to pretend they care about the community to garner support. Athletes have no concept of the Civil Rights Movement. Powell describes how Michael Jordan did not advocate for gun control after his father was killed.

Young People (03:19)

Young people do not have a sense of the past, thei culture today, or core values. Jordan once said that he did not "feel like getting into activism." Tiger Woods rejects being a member of the black community.

Identifying as African American (04:06)

Tony Brown and Powell discuss athletes who reject being a member of the African American community including Jordan, Tiger Woods, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Althea Gibson. Arthur Ashe's obituary in the "New York Times" discusses his philanthropic work and activism in detail before mentioning he won grand slams.

Sharing Values (04:43)

Powell respects Richard and Serena Williams. Brown discusses how the lack of activism could be generational and not racially based. Education and poverty should still be addressed.

Profiles (06:22)

Powell discusses how Dave Bing became a millionaire after being excluded from management positions in professional basketball in "Souled Out." Tony Dungy hires black assistants to promote change in sports. Other notable activists include Craig Hodges, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

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Shaun Powell, Newsday sports columnist and author of Souled Out? How Blacks Are Winning and Losing in Sports, dissects issues like the reluctance among many sports stars to engage in Black activism or their indifference to larger Black community concerns and explains how a growing division in the Black athlete's character, conduct, and lifestyle choices impacts how America sees Black people.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL167310

Copyright date: ©2007

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