Positive Black Male News
Kam Chancellor capped off his recent backpack donation project with a special meet and greet for five student recipients affiliated with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. Through his foundation Kam Cares, Chancellor partnered with the Mission in late August to provide backpacks and supplies to nearly 600 children facing economic hardships. In addition to school supplies, five students received a “Willy Wonka”-style golden ticket – entitling them to a tour of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC), home of the Seahawks training facility. The lucky ticket holders redeemed their prize this morning.
“This has been a phenomenal experience for our children, and we really appreciate Kam and the Seahawks staff for providing them with such a great opportunity,” said Jeff Lilley, President of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.
Chancellor led the children and their parents on a tour of the weight room, administrative and coaching personnel offices, team meeting rooms and auditorium, and specialized training areas. The children, adorned in their Seahawks gear, were also able to visit the indoor and outdoor training fields, while catching a quick glimpse of practice before tomorrow’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I really wanted the kids to tour our training facility to show them the hard work and preparation we put in before stepping out on the field,” said Chancellor. “I hope this experience encourages them to apply that same work ethic as students, in both education and sports.”
As the children and their parents walked wide-eyed through the facility, they paused for photos against several backdrops of players and action shots of the most memorable game highlights. The tour ended with a surprise meet and greet with other Seahawks – including Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Robert Turbin, Jameson Konz, and Walter Thurmond. After a few hugs, autographs, and additional photos, the golden ticket holders said their goodbyes to Chancellor – wishing him and the team well on Sunday’s game.
Kam Cares Foundation will partner with the Mission again in December for its annual Holiday Toy Drive.
Source: Black Celebrity Giving
Book Of The Week
From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, saysNew York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built.
Provocative and controversial, Rhoden’s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings and at the first Kentucky Derby to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden makes the cogent argument that black athletes’ “evolution” has merely been a journey from literal plantations—where sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirrings—to today’s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. Weaving in his own experiences growing up on Chicago’s South Side, playing college football for an all-black university, and his decades as a sportswriter, Rhoden contends that black athletes’ exercise of true power is as limited today as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today’s shackles are often of their own making.
Every advance made by black athletes, Rhoden explains, has been met with a knee-jerk backlash—one example being Major League Baseball’s integration of the sport, which stripped the black-controlled Negro League of its talent and left it to founder. He details the “conveyor belt” that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they’re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason.
Sweeping and meticulously detailed, $40 Million Slaves is an eye-opening exploration of a metaphor we only thought we knew.
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Dear Rob Parker:
Not too long ago, ESPN commentator Rob Parker viciously attacked Robert Griffin III (RG 3) because he doesn’t fit into his narrow idea of what’s required to be black. Read what he said here: Rob Parker’s Comments on RG3.
Your preposterous verbal assault on RG 3 ranks among the most despicable diatribes ever. Your comments are demeaning to all members of our race. Why can’t a black man be articulate without being suspected of trying to “act white”? Sorry brother, there are numerous black brothers and sisters who are articulate and we have no desire to give whites the credit for how articulate we are.
You’re not the determiner of who is authentically black and who is not. If a person is born black, he or she is black—period. Because RG 3 elects to be involved with a white woman, he’s not authentically black? Really? You’re reckless. You hurt so many people when you make comments like this. How can you fight against racism when you’re using it? You cannot. You no longer have any credibility when it comes to discussing issues of race. Actually, you no longer have any credibility to discuss anything, including sports. Who wants to listen to you anymore, save some extremists who agree with your ignorance and radical viewpoints?
ESPN should do more than suspend you; you should be terminated indefinitely.
While everyone deserves a second chance, you can no longer be effective as an ESPN commentator because your comments will leave an everlasting stain incapable of redemption. Hopefully, your understanding of blackness will improve. Right now, you should feel an incredible amount of shame and should work your entire life to remedy this public wrong.
RG 3 is an exceptional athlete and person. He deserves significant respect and admiration.
If ESPN does not fire you indefinitely, do us all a favor and resign.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
By: Antonio Maurice Daniels, Originally posted to http://revolutionarypaideia.com
University of Wisconsin-Madison