Attended a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania last night featuring Jemele Hill, Kenneth L. Shropshire and moderated by Jay Rosner of the Princeton Review. Very informative and students had great questions. Rosner stated the symposium was likely one of the first in the nation asking questions of Black athletes in light of President Obama’s election (still crazy to write President Obama isn’t it?). The main question was this: Now what? What do Black athletes do now in a post-Obama world?
As Ken Shropshire stated, in expending so much energy on the initial pursuit, we tend to lose sight of the real work. Jemele was shocked the usually apolitical Tiger Woods spoke. Athletes all over the place commented. Some chose this as the perfect photo opportunity, some athletes will go above and beyond, some will see this moment as just another day.
What should athletes do?
What should those whose consciousness is sicker than your average do?
Unfortunately, the symposium had to be cut short so I wanted to borrow on Rosner’s ideas and continue the discussion here in relation to all of us.
IMO, the responsibility should be heightened by everyone but since this is a site created by Black men, I would be remiss to not judge ourselves accordingly.
KOS brought up a great point about this question potentially being an insult. My answer would be that this is directed at those who need a helping hand. Those who are doing the right thing? Big ups! Keep doing what you do.
Black men have a great opportunity to show the entire universe who we are and what we are made of. I promise to do all I can as a man, a son, a future spouse and most importantly…a father.
January 20, 2008 should have been October 16th, 1995. We can’t afford to let 13 years pass by again so inauspiciously. I mean that in the context of all society.
After the Million Man March, I was very disappointed how we (Black men) responded after such a glorious day. Long live the spirit of the Million Man March but the historic powerful emotion was lost until now. I’m not understating the positive results of that day with right appeasing cynicism, but the criticism should be reiterated personally as we progress into the future if we truly want to blast down every door in front of our face.
This could be taking your kids to the park every week, helping out downtown, merely saying hi to someone you don’t know, taking a class, speaking out on issues as soon as they happen if you are a professional athlete, turning the tv off or voting in every election until your sun sets.
It’s the little things that count. Doesn’t have to be anything monumental but to each his own.
Let me say this while I’m on the subject, the numbers of the MMM were very much under reported. That’s foul for history’s sake.
Black History Month is now everyday. Be inspired but temper your enthusiasm with wisdom to keep the ball rolling.
There will be a backlash but this is a grand opportunity to impact our youth forever. That’s all I’m about for it challenges their conscious minds.
To say the slate is wiped clean clearly would be irresponsible, but positive eyes and minds should now look forward.
Everyone of every race? It’s time to step up.
Before the election, I thought we were on a collision course with the Roman Empire and would subsequently be eventually reduced to broken ivy covered monuments out of fear and indifference. Maybe this changes things, maybe not.
Use your real eyes to realize these real lies. Great lyric Kris.
President Obama is not only affecting America, but North America…
Here’s something one time for ya mind…