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The African-American Male In Sports

Updated on December 4, 2011

Otis Boykin

The African-American male and sports created a question in the mind of juiwei 2000. He is curious as to why African- American males are so good at sports. Several people answered the question platinumowl4, Paul Kuehn, and Vannjaye. The first answer implied African-American males are good in sports, but all to often they are not as good in business matters. The second answer by Paul Kuehn implied that it is due to the genetic make up of the African – American male that makes them so good. The final person to comment is vannajaye who complimented Paul and chastised platinumowl4.

Answer Part 1

First, the statement made by Paul concerning genetics is the very same question that cost Jimmy The Greek his livelihood many years ago. During a certain period of this countries history the strongest male and female were mated together to produce the super slave for the production of the commodities popular during that time. Many people are unaware of this process and many would like not to deal with at all for it opens up many unanswered question about the breeding farms after slavery was outlawed in America. This is only part of the answer as to why the African-American male is good at sports. Jessie Jackson once said, “Johnny does best what Johnny does the most” So if every evening Johnny plays basketball or football versus studying say Chemistry, Calculus or Geometry. Which one do you suppose he will become efficient in?

Answer Part 2

The second part of the answer is that the media were Johnny spend a large amount of time place emphasis on sports,more people in America know the name of major league players than the fact that New York was once the Capitol of The United States. This is not by accidents, the media want commercial know nothing that will purchase their products. The media creates a constant diet of sports in general and for the African-American male specifically,and complete with fancy cars, homes, and last but not least beautiful woman.

Unknown to most sport stars and the public is that the Media the accountants, agents and owners come from the same communities. If on the other hand the Media would present some African-American Architecture, Engineers, Chemist, Physics, then maybe the question would change to, why do they excel in academics? There are many in the previously mention field yet, the Media would have you believe there are only comedians, sports stars and criminals. This sells papers and magazines and continues the stereotypes. When vanajaye read the comment by platinumowl4, she either misread it or made a quick judgment because she went on to repeat what he said. Nevertheless platinumolw4 is standing firm on his observation and will not retract one line of his answer. He believes that the African-American male when in college must study accountant, management and stop floating through because of his agility with the ball. Kareem Abdul- Jabbar should have been the best example. He was a college graduate and had played for more than twenty years and at retirement he discovered he was penniless.


platinumowl4 believes that African-American males are portrayed as good to continue a certain mentality/stereotype in America and that it is up to the African-American community to change this concept. This can be done by placing more emphasis on academia versus physical activity as a road to success.


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      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading your article; I found it to be informative and thought provoking.

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Ps. Thanks for the book details in the interracial Hub. Some of my Hubs won't accept my comments, no matter how many times I post them. Probs with Google Chrome, I think. I have made a note of the book.

    • Lady_E profile image


      6 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting Post - I think many African-American men have it in their genes. I have noticed they excel in sports more than academics. Don't get me wrong, Obama went to Havard... My Dad got a Law Scholarship to Cambridge Uni, UK.

      I think I understand where you are coming from....

      Take Care...

    • platinumOwl4 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      James A Watkins, Thank you, and I truly appreciate that you read my article. I hope other read and truly understand what is written.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for an interesting article. I enjoyed ruminating over your words.


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