Coach Haskins though didn’t see color when he evaluated the skill of all of his players, and choose who played in the game. With courage and determination, Coach Haskins changed basketball history against all odds, when his underdog team beat the powerhouse Kentucky team with five starting colored players, a first in NCAA Basketball. It was like David vs. Goliath. Through this they were able to make a statement that blacks,
Nevertheless, I continued on with my dad’s support and mentoring to be the best player the Arkansas River Valley had ever laid eyes on. Now that I had my goal of becoming an NBA player in front of me, I wanted to know how to get there. I began by asking my dad questions about salary, work environment, would it be easy to grow as player and what type of education I would need. NBA Salary Expectations As I continued throughout junior high and High school, my attention was quickly drawn to the amount of money that professional players made for playing a sport they love. Salary expectations for this profession exceeded my wildest dreams and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what I could do if I made that kind of money.
Sherman Alexie has brought himself into his writing by including some of his personal experience in this young adult novel. In the novel, a underlining plot in the story is Junior’s run through his freshman basketball season on the Varsity team at Reardan High School. He makes varsity after an intense battle with the teams best player, Roger. Even though he is the best shooter on the team, Junior felt he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, which at first he doesn’t, but then he becomes the teams spark plug, their 6th man, averaging 12 points off the bench. When came time to play his former school, Wellpinit, he started his first game.
In his essay “Black Men and Public Space”, Brent Staples attempts to introduce people to something most all are guilty of, but pay little attention to. Using accounts from his own and others’ experiences, Staples essay portrays the racist tendency of people to assume black men are potentially violent and dangerous. Staples discovery of this comes during a late-night encounter. A young white female, whom Staples labels “my first victim” (197), was walking down the street in front of Staples and was not comfortable with the space he provided for her. After a couple of glances back and changes in her pace, she soon began running and disappeared down a side street.
Racial Profiling makes the assumption that an individual of one race or ethnicity is more likely to engage in a misconduct than an individual of other races or ethnicities. (Racial Profiling, 1). Racial profiling can be humiliating to the victim. As stated in Black Men and Public Spaces it made the young man feel surprised, embarrassed and dismayed because the woman ran away simply because he was walking behind her on a street late at night. When people see a black male or group of black males out on the street after dark they tend to automatically jump to the conclusion that they must be up to no good.
05/03/2012 Black Men and Public Space In his essay “Black Men and Public Space”, Brent Staples attempts to use some strategies which have really captured my mind. He starts by telling us of how her first encounter with a white woman was, even if Staples does not tell us of his race this is clear evidence that racial prejudice played a role. Based on his race (Staples 404) he ironically demonstrates he wants their guilty to stay with them thus excluding him from the white. Staples says “my first victim’’ (197), was walking down the street but she was not comfortable with the surrounding just because he saw a black man, she soon began running down the street with an intention that she will be robbed but in the real sense Staples was taking a walk just as she was. Definitely this woman figured out that if a black man walked in that neighborhood he was mostly likely up to something.
Racial Stereotypes in Advertising: YES! They Perpetuate False Images of Different Ethnic Groups Why is it necessary for a young Black male to be shown wearing his baseball cap slightly turned to the right and yelling in to the camera telling the viewer to ‘GO BACK TO SCHOOL!’ The same Black male could have worn a suit and conveyed the same idea without being boisterous or dressed sloppy. And, why are Asian Americans shown in technological advertisements explaining to the dumb looking non-Asian American customer how to use a Smartphone? Couldn’t a Native American Indian have sold the same product and conveyed the same technological knowledge? The media exerts substantial influence over how people are viewed and often with a 30 second band width of television time shortcuts are made to sell a product and in the case of print ads they must grab the consumer’s attention immediately.
Rick, is the elected district attorney who obviously has power and pretty much no moral backbone. Jean is his wife who does not work but lives a life of luxury. Jean is extremely stereotypical, while walking through a white neighborhood with her husband two black men are walking down the side of the street. Jean shows her prejudice by clutching her bag and holding her husband tight because she thinks the black men are dangerous. This is a pretty racist stereotype that Jean is giving off, she immediately fears the black men believing that they are criminals for no other reason than that they are black.
My first practice finally arrived, and I made my practice plan out, but I wanted to think about what I was going to say to the young eleven year olds. I kept thinking for over an hour and I couldn’t think of the right thing, but finally I figured out the perfect speech. I remember exactly what I said I told the kids that 5th grade basketball is about getting better so you can play at the high school level. I told them it has nothing to do with winning, of course everyone likes to win, that’s not the most important part. Never focus on the winning aspect of the game; focus on making yourself the best player you can be, and the wins will come.
Invisible Man Daryl Subran Mr. Levine English 12H 11/25/2009 The theme that stands out the most in Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man is racism. Throughout the novel racism affects the main character is such a way that he cannot seem to find out who he is and where he belongs. As a result of this the narrator describes himself as being “invisible” because of the unwillingness of others to notice him. Situations and events in multiple chapters enhances the readers’ awareness in understanding why the narrator feels this way. Some scenes include the battle royal, the disciplinary action with Dr. Bledsoe, the hospital, and the riot in the city.